Stephen: 15 new cases of COVID-19, new travel advisory for NL today

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Today (Tuesday, February 23), Newfoundland and Labrador has 15 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The 15 new confirmed cases are as follows:

In the Eastern Health region:

·       2 under 20 years of age;

·       1 between 20-39 years of age;

·       8 between 40-49 years of age;

·       2 between 50-59 years of age;

·       1 between 60-69 years of age; and,

·       1 70 years of age and above.

There are 10 females and 5 males.

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

 

There are no new or outstanding presumptive positive cases.

 

There are 372 active cases of COVID-19.

The regional breakdown of the 372 active cases is as follows:

·       Eastern Health – 363

·       Central Health – 4

·       Labrador-Grenfell Health – 1

·       Western Health – 4

There have been 50 new recoveries in the Eastern Health region since yesterday. This means 576 people have recovered from the virus.

Five people are in hospital. Of these patients, two are in intensive care.

To date, 109,540 people have been tested.

People are reminded that they can check their COVID-19 test results online here.

 

Public Health is asking passengers who travelled on Air Canada Flight 7484 that departed Toronto on Thursday, February 18, 2021, and arrived in Deer Lake on Friday, February 19, 2021, to arrange COVID-19 testing. To arrange testing, passengers can complete the online self-assessment and referral tool available here or call 811.

Public Health is making this ask out of an abundance of caution because of the confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Western Health region reported yesterday.

 

Even if someone receives a negative test result, Public Health is encouraging all passengers to continue monitoring themselves for symptoms for a full 14 days from the time of their arrival in the province.

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.

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians 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.

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

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