Robert: NL to repeal State of Public Health Emergency, changes to reporting COVID-19 numbers coming

Published on March 9th, 2022 @ 1:33 PM


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Today, Health Minister John Haggie says he plans to repeal the State of Public Health Emergency in Newfoundland and Labrador as of 12:01 am Monday, March 14th. The State of Emergency has been in place since 2020.

He also noted that today will be the last regularly scheduled COVID-19 briefing, barring any, in his words, “curve balls”.

“The combination of a milder variant, high vaccination rate and growing immunity through natural infection is significantly reducing. the effect of COVID-19,” Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Janice Fitzgerald noted. “This indicates to us that now is the time to take the next step.”

She would go on to stress the importance of good hygiene, masking and staying home if you are sick even after special order measures are no longer in effect. Self-isolation and requirements for close contacts of those who test positive will not change past the 14th.

Going forward, the province will change the way it reports active cases, hospitalizations and other important COVID information. A new addition to the government’s COVID website will communicate this information on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Any new updates to public health guidance will go out via media releases, social media posts on online.

With tears in her eyes, Dr. Janice Fitzgerald thanked her team and the people of Newfoundland and Labrador for their tireless efforts to curb COVID-19 in the province and, one last time, told us to “hold fast.”

Elsewhere, the province is reporting 4 new deaths today due to COVID-19. There have been 68 deaths due to COVID since the pandemic began.

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