Stephen: 10 new cases of COVID-19 in NL today, Roddickton area remaining in Alert Level 3

Published on September 15th, 2021 @ 2:04 PM


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There are 10 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in NL today. 3 cases are located in the Central Health region, all related to travel. 2 are located in Eastern Health and are under investigation. 1 in Western Health is a close contact of a previous known case. 4 are located in the Labrador-Grenfell Health region and are all close contacts of a known case. There are also 2 new presumptive positive cases in the province today. There has been 1 new recovery since the last public advisory leaving 49 active cases in the province.

There are now 19 cases associated with the cluster in the Roddickton area and that region will remain under alert level 3 for the time being. There are also cases in Eastern Health which are related to large in-door public gatherings.

NACI has recommended a third booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine for those who are immuno-compromized. Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, Chief Medical Officer of Health, said that NL will follow this advice. Details on booking will be coming later this week.

Also announced today, the province will not be moving to Phase 3 of the Together Again reopening plan as NL’s percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated has not reached the required 80%. NL currently has 78% of the eligible population with two doses of the COVID vaccine.

 

Official public advisory:

Today (Wednesday, September 15), Newfoundland and Labrador has ten new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the last public advisory. Contact tracing by Public Health is underway and anyone considered a close contact has been advised regarding quarantine according to current guidelines.

 

In the Eastern Health region:

 

  • One male between 20-39 years of age. The case is under investigation.
  • One male between 60-69 years of age. The case is under investigation.

 

In the Central Health region:

 

  • One male between 40-49 years of age. The case is related to travel within Canada.
  • One female between 50-59 years of age. The case is related to travel within Canada.
  • One male between 50-59 years of age. The case is related to travel within Canada.

 

In the Labrador-Grenfell Health region:

 

  • One male under 20 years of age. The case is a contact of a previous known case.
  • One female between 20-39 years of age. The case is a contact of a previous known case.
  • One female between 40-49 years of age. The case is a contact of a previous known case.
  • One female between 60-69 years of age. The case is a contact of a previous known case.

 

In the Western Health region:

 

  • One male 70 years of age and older. The case is a contact of a previous known case.

 

There has been one new recovery in the Central Health region and 1,488 people have recovered. There is one person in hospital because of COVID-19.

 

There are two new presumptive positive cases in the Labrador-Grenfell Health region. Once presumptive positive cases are confirmed positive, they are reported in public updates as new confirmed cases.

 

There are currently 49 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. The regional breakdown of the active cases is as follows:

 

  • Eastern Health – 25
  • Central Health – 3
  • Labrador-Grenfell Health – 17
  • Western Health – 4

 

To date, 283,985 tests have been administered. People can check their COVID-19 test results online here.

 

The investigation into a cluster of cases of COVID-19 in the Labrador-Grenfell Health region announced Monday, September 6, is ongoing. There are 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 connected to the cluster to date. The identified cases are isolating and Labrador-Grenfell Health is conducting contract tracing. The source of the cluster is under investigation.

 

The investigation into a cluster of cases of COVID-19 in the Western Health region announced on Monday, August 30, is ongoing. There are eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 connected to the cluster to date. The identified cases are isolating and Western Health is conducting contract tracing. The source of the cluster is under investigation.

 

The investigation into a cluster of cases of COVID-19 in the Eastern Health region announced on Wednesday, August 18, is ongoing. There are five confirmed cases of COVID-19 connected to the cluster to date. Anyone considered a close contact has been advised regarding quarantine according to current guidelines. Contact tracing by Public Health officials is finished and the risk to the public is low. The source of the cluster is under investigation.

 

As part of the ongoing investigations into recent cases, Public Health is asking anyone who visited several locations, listed on the COVID-19 website here, to arrange COVID-19 testing. To arrange testing, complete the online self-assessment and referral tool available here or call 811.

 

People who visited these locations and currently have symptoms of COVID-19 are required to isolate until 24 hours after their symptoms resolve and they receive a negative test result. People who visited these locations and do not currently have symptoms of COVID-19 are not required to isolate until they receive a negative test result. While awaiting their test result, they should monitor for symptoms and isolate should any symptoms develop.

 

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.

 

Anyone in the province, regardless of their vaccination status, should get tested if they are experiencing even just one of the symptoms of COVID-19 listed above. Do not assume it is just a cold. There has been community spread and outbreaks across the country because people were mildly symptomatic and did not get tested or limit their activity. It is essential to find any cases of COVID-19, so that Public Health can do their job effectively and contain the spread of the virus as much as possible.

 

All travellers coming to Newfoundland and Labrador, including Newfoundland and Labrador residents, are required to fill out a travel form found here. The travel form can be completed up to 30 days prior to the travel date. Please submit proof of your COVID-19 vaccination by uploading it to your form. If you are over 12 and not vaccinated against COVID-19, you will be required to self- isolate upon entry into the province. If you travelled from within the Atlantic Provinces and are an Atlantic Canadian resident, you will need to complete the travel form but you will not need to complete the vaccination section.

 

The most up to date vaccine data and the number of vaccine doses administered is on the provincial COVID-19 data hub. Information on COVID-19 vaccines for Newfoundland and Labrador is available online here. Additional information on the COVID-19 vaccination rollout is on the websites for each of the regional health authorities:

 

Eastern Health

Central Health

Western Health

Labrador-Grenfell Health

 

Please continue following the proven Public Health measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. People are encouraged to download COVID Alert to help reduce the spread of the virus. It is available free through the Apple or Google Play app stores. For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, please visit: www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19.

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