COVID-19 Info Centre

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There are 4 new cases of COVID-19 in NL today. There are 10 active cases in the province - Apr 10

Face masks required in public in-door places, as of August 24th

The government has instituted a 5 level plan that will see services and activities being phased back in and restrictions eased.

Effective midnight (12:01am) March 27th, the entire province will move to a modified Alert Level 2

At Alert Level 2, our focus is to control transmission while maintaining health system capacity throughout further re-opening of social and business activities.

Life at Alert Level 2:

Your responsibility:

  • Follow Public Health Guidance for All Alert Levels.
  • People can move about more. Those at higher risk of complications due to COVID-19 should stay at home as much as possible, except to get essentials like groceries and medications.
  • Your household bubble can interact with up to 20 close, consistent contacts from outside your household (Steady 20).
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms please use the Self-Assessment and Testing Referral tool, or contact 811 when online services are not accessible.

Public Spaces and Gatherings:

  • Formal gatherings run by a recognized business or organization are limited to no more than 50 people. Physical distancing must be maintained.
  • Public visitations are permitted, with one household bubble visiting at a time. Wakes are prohibited.
  • Informal gatherings are limited to only those in your Steady 20.

Recreational Activities:

  • Outdoor playgrounds and equipment can be used, where owner/operators allow.
  • Gym and fitness facilities, yoga studios, swimming pools, tennis and squash facilities, arenas, and dance studios are permitted to open, in accordance with guidelines.
  • Group and team sport, arts and recreation activities are permitted, in accordance with guidelines.
  • Performance spaces can open with a maximum capacity of 50 people. Physical distancing must be maintained.

Health care services:

  • Private health care clinics can open in accordance with guidelines.
  • Visitor restrictions for acute care, long term care, personal care homes, community care homes, and assisted living facilities are in accordance with the Guidelines for Support Persons/Designated Visitors.

Businesses and Services:

  • Child care services can operate at full capacity.
  • Retail stores, including those in shopping malls, can open at reduced capacity. Physical distancing must be maintained.
  • Personal service establishments, including spas, esthetic services, hair salons, body piercing, tattooing and tanning salons, can open in accordance with guidelines.
  • Restaurants can open for in-person dining at 50 per cent capacity as long as physical distancing can be maintained between patrons seated at adjacent tables. Buffets are prohibited.
  • Bars and lounges are permitted to open at 50 per cent capacity, in accordance with guidelines.
  • Cinemas and bingo halls are permitted to open with a maximum capacity of 50 people per room. Physical distancing must be maintained.

Summary table of all alert levels

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  • Physical (or social) distancing means limiting your physical contact with other people in order to stop, slow down or contain the spread of COVID-19. Everyone has a part to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19.
  • You should try to stay home as much as possible.
  • If you do have to leave home for essentials such as groceries or medications, avoid crowds and maintain a distance of 2 arm lengths from other people. Try to go during off-peak hours.
  • Physical distancing doesn’t have to mean social distancing. There are lots of ways to stay connected with your family and friends, such as Facetime or Skype, telephone calls, and social media.
  • For more information, visit the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador’s COVID-19 page

Public Health Guidance for All Alert Levels

 

The following measures will continue to be a part of our daily lives at every Alert Level:

  • Staying informed and being prepared to follow public health advice.
  • Practicing good hygiene (wash your hands, avoid touching your face, cough and sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue).
  • Maintaining a physical distance of at least 2 arm lengths. Use a non-medical or cloth mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces.
  • Staying at home and away from others when you are sick, unless it is to get medical attention.
  • Wearing a non-medical or cloth mask if you have symptoms when going out to access health care services.
  • Working from home, where possible.
  • Continuing to shop online and using curbside pickup, where possible.
  • Limiting non-essential travel in and outside of the province.
  • Keeping a log of when you go out in public and your interactions with others.

Remember: People, Place, Time, and Space

 

Public Health is reminding people about the phrase People, Space, Time, and Place. People should always consider these four important reminders. They are especially important with the holidays approaching.

  • People – The more people you interact with, the greater the risk of spread.
  • Space – The closer you are to others, the greater the risk of spread.
  • Time – The more time you spend with others, the greater the risk of spread.
  • Place – Indoor activities with others are more risky than outdoor activities.

Hugh: Public Health Reports Four New COVID-19 Cases, All Close Contacts of Previous Case

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COVID-19 Symptoms and Treatment

 

Symptoms of COVID-19 are defined as having two or more of the following (new or worsening):

  • Fever (or signs of a fever, including chills, sweats, muscle aches, lightheadedness)
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Painful swallowing
  • Runny nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Unexplained loss of appetite
  • Small red or purple spots on your hands and/or feet

The severity of symptoms can range from mild to severe. Current information suggests that most cases are not severe nor do they require hospitalization.

If you start to have symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Stay at home and complete the COVID-19 self-assessment tool. If you cannot access the self-assessment tool, please contact 811.
  • Do not visit your family physician’s office and, unless it is a medical emergency, please do not go to your Emergency Department.
  • If you are self-isolating, you will need to continue self-isolation until Public Health advises otherwise.
  • If you were not self-isolating, you will be put in self-isolation and COVID-19 testing will be arranged through Public Health.

Use the Symptom Tracker daily to help slow the spread of COVID-19, even if you feel well.

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