Hugh: Province Announces Five New Cases, New Testing Protocols for Travellers

Published on May 15th, 2021 @ 2:39 PM


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Announced Saturday afternoon, there are five new cases of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador, four in Eastern Health and one in the Central Health region. All five are related to travel within Canada. There is also one new presumptive positive case in the Western Health region, which is linked to a previously-known case in the Codroy Valley area. With thirteen new recoveries since yesterday, there are 78 active cases in the province. One person is in hospital with the virus.

The province has also issued a new testing protocol for travellers to the province:

Effective today (Saturday, May 15), a Special Measures Order is in effect, requiring all travellers aged five and older to be tested according to their self-isolation arrangements. This new testing protocol does not apply to essential workers and rotational workers coming from non-outbreak sites in Canada, as they would be subject to their own existing protocols. It also does not apply to any traveller in the province for two days or less, or permanent residents of the communities along the Labrador-Quebec border travelling to communities across the border who have not travelled beyond those communities in the last 14 days.

  • Asymptomatic travellers who can self-isolate fully away from others are required to be tested once near the end of the 14-day self-isolation period, on days 11, 12, or 13. Fully self-isolating away from others means staying in a separate dwelling (e.g. household, hotel, or rental property) or a completely separate area of the home with a separate bedroom and bathroom and no contact with anyone in the dwelling.
  • Asymptomatic travellers who cannot fully self-isolate away from others are required to be tested twice during the 14-day self-isolation period – upon arrival on days zero, one or two; and again near the end of the self-isolation period on days 11, 12, or 13. This applies to travellers isolating in a home where others are living, and where there is no separate bedroom and/or bathroom. In this case, the whole household must self-isolate.
  • There is also an option for travellers to avail of a test at day seven, eight, or nine. After day seven, household members of the traveller may also avail of testing.

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