Stephen: 1 new case, worksite advisory

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Today (Thursday, April 1), Newfoundland and Labrador has one new confirmed case of COVID-19.

 

The one new confirmed case is a male in the Central Health region between 20-39 years of age. The case is related to travel within Canada.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • Eastern Health – 1
  • Central Health – 2
  • Labrador-Grenfell Health – 0
  • Western Health – 1

 

There are no new recoveries and 1,006 people have recovered. No one is in hospital due to COVID-19.

 

The case reported yesterday in the Eastern Health region remains under investigation.

 

To date, 124,466 people have been tested. People can check their COVID-19 test results online here.

 

There are no new presumptive positive cases.

 

The Department of Health and Community Services is advising rotational workers about identified COVID-19 outbreaks at several worksites in Alberta. They are:

 

  • Michels Canada – Alberta
  • RCC Simonette Lodge – Alberta
  • Tourmaline Oil Nabors – Alberta

 

The department was notified about the outbreaks by the Public Health Agency of Canada as individuals from this province work with the project. A list of worksites with declared outbreaks can be found online here.

 

Rotational workers with these projects who have returned to Newfoundland and Labrador in the last 14 days must self-isolate and physically distance away from household members, and call 811 to arrange testing. These workers must now complete the full 14-day self-isolation period, regardless of test result.

 

The rules for rotational workers from Newfoundland and Labrador who work in Canada that went into effect Friday, March 12, 2021, do not apply to workers at worksites where there is an ongoing outbreak.

 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

 

  • Fever, including chills or sweats;
  • A new or worsening cough;
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
  • Runny, stuffy or congested nose;
  • Sore throat or difficulty swallowing;
  • Headache;
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste;
  • Unusual fatigue or lack of energy;
  • New onset of muscle aches;
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours; and,
  • Small red or purple spots on hands and/or feet.

 

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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