Stephen: 1 new case, B1351 variant identified in province

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There is 1 new case of COVID-19 in Newfoundland & Labrador today. It’s located in the Eastern Health region, an individual between 40-49 years of age. There are now a total of 1019 cases in the province and, with 2 recoveries since yesterday, there are 3 active cases.

Public Health has identified that a recent positive case of COVID-19 is the B1351 variant of the virus, originating in South Africa. It was a travel-related case and the individual self-isolated upon arriving in the province and has no contacts. There is not believed to be a risk to public safety at this time.

Individuals that traveled on the Marine Atlantic vessel Atlantic Vision departing North Sydney on Saturday, Mar 27, and arriving in Port-Aux-Basques on Sunday, Mar 28 should arrange for COVID-19 testing by calling 811 or by using the online self-assessment tool.

 

Public advisory:

Today (Wednesday, March 31), Newfoundland and Labrador has one new confirmed case of COVID-19.

 

The one new confirmed case is a female in the Eastern Health region between 40-49 years of age. The case is under investigation.

 

Contact tracing by Public Health officials is underway. Anyone considered a close contact has been advised to quarantine.

 

There are two new recoveries in the Eastern Health region meaning 1,006 people have recovered. No one is in hospital due to COVID-19.

 

There are three active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

 

The regional breakdown of the three active cases is as follows:

 

  • Eastern Health – 1
  • Central Health – 1
  • Labrador-Grenfell Health – 0
  • Western Health – 1

 

To date, 124,261 people have been tested. People can check their COVID-19 test results online here.

 

There are no new presumptive positive cases.

 

Out of an abundance of caution, Public Health is asking passengers and crew who travelled on the Marine Atlantic MV Atlantic Vision that departed North Sydney on Saturday, March 27, and arrived in Port aux Basques on Sunday, March 28, to arrange COVID-19 testing. To arrange testing, passengers can complete the online self-assessment and referral tool available here or call 811.

 

People are encouraged to download COVID Alert to help reduce the spread of the virus. It is available for free through the Apple or Google Play app stores.

 

Public Health is reminding people about the phrase People, Space, Time, and Place.

 

  • 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.

 

People should continue to practice good infection prevention and control practices.

 

These practices include:

 

  • Stay informed, be prepared and follow Public Health advice;
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds;
  • Use an alcohol based hand sanitizer in the absence of soap and water;
  • Do not touch your face;
  • Practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette;
  • Wear a non-medical mask in public indoor spaces;
  • Maintain physical distancing;
  • Increase cleanliness and ventilation of public spaces and worksites;
  • Work from home, if possible; and,
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with others.

 

Newfoundland and Labrador’s COVID-19 vaccination plan is available online here.

 

Pre-registration is underway for adults who identify as Indigenous, people 70 years of age and older, and home support workers. When pre-registering, home support workers will need to indicate if they are employed by an agency or by a client of the provincial home support program.

 

People who have access to the Internet are encouraged as much as possible to use the online pre-registration option. They can pre-register online here. Anyone who knows of someone who is eligible to pre-register and may need assistance with online pre-registration are encouraged to help as you can pre-register on someone’s behalf. People will not receive a separate email confirmation for pre-registering online. Once a person completes the online pre-registration process, a short statement appears on the online form indicating that they have been pre-registered.

 

The regional health authorities will contact individuals once vaccination appointments become available. If an individual chooses email as the preferred option for communication, their regional health authority will send an email when an appointment becomes available. People should check their junk mail folder in the event that the email from the regional health authority goes there.

 

A telephone pre-registration option is available for people who do not have access to the Internet and cannot pre-register online. They can call 1-833-668-3930 or 709-273-3930 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week.

 

For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, please visit www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19.

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