Stephen: 15 new cases of COVID-19 today, students returning from St. FX or Queens University asked to get tested
Published on December 13th, 2021 @ 3:02 PM
Today (Monday, December 13), Newfoundland and Labrador has 15 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:
- Three between 20-39 years of age; and
- One between 60-69 years of age.
There are three females and one male. Two are contacts of previously known cases and two are travel related.
In the Western Health region:
- Five under 20 years of age;
- Four between 20-39 years of age; and
- Two between 40-49 years of age.
There are two females and nine males. Five are contacts of previously known cases and six are under investigation.
There have been five new recoveries, one in the Eastern Health region and four in the Western Health region, and 2,045 people have recovered. There is no one in hospital because of COVID-19.
There are currently 23 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. The regional breakdown of the active cases is as follows:
- Eastern Health – 8
- Central Health – 0
- Labrador-Grenfell Health – 0
- Western Health – 15
To date, 353,239 tests have been administered. People can check their COVID-19 test results online here.
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. Also, students traveling to the province from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia or Queen’s University in Ontario are asked to get tested upon arrival.
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;
- 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.
Wearing a non-medical face mask that covers the nose and mouth is required in public indoor settings for everyone ages 5 and over. Information on the Public Health guidance on masks can be found at www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/public-health-guidance/guidance/masks/.
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. Anyone partially vaccinated will now have the same requirements as unvaccinated travellers. Further information for those travelling to the province, including isolation and testing requirements, can be found here.
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:
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.