Stephen: 2 new cases of COVID-19 as CMO announces Omicron variant not currently in NL

Published on December 1st, 2021 @ 2:04 PM


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In today’s COVID-19 update with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Janice Fitzgerald announced 2 cases of COVID-19 in NL. They are both located in the Western Health region and both are under investigation. That makes 22 active cases in the province. Dr Fitzgerald also announced that to date there is no sign that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is currently in Newfoundland & Labrador. The variant which originated in South Africa has been found in 4 provinces so far.

 

Public advisory:

Today (Wednesday, December 1), Newfoundland and Labrador has two 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 Western Health region:

 

  • One between 50-59 years of age; and
  • One between 60-69 years of age.

 

There is one female and one male and both cases are under investigation.

 

There has been one new recovery in the Central Health region and 2,012 people have recovered. There is no one in hospital because of COVID-19.

 

There are currently 22 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. The regional breakdown of the active cases is as follows:

 

  • Eastern Health – 11
  • Central Health – 4
  • Labrador-Grenfell Health – 0
  • Western Health – 7

 

The number of tests that have been administered is not available at this time due to the ongoing IT outage.

 

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.

 

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 here.

 

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:

 

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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