Stephen: 20 in hospital, 229 recoveries, 258 new cases reported today
Published on February 4th, 2022 @ 2:26 PM
Today (Friday, February 4), there are 20 people in hospital because of COVID-19, 12 in non-critical care and eight in critical care. There have been 229 new recoveries – 119 in the Eastern Health region, 41 in the Central Health region, 49 in the Western Health region and 20 in the Labrador-Grenfell region, and 16,437 people have recovered.
Newfoundland and Labrador has 258 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the last update on February 3. Anyone who has tested positive must follow guidelines as outlined here. Cases are advised to notify contacts as per instructions on the website.
The breakdown of the 258 cases is as follows:
· Eastern Health region – 168
· Central Health region – 43
· Western Health region – 28
· Labrador-Grenfell Health region – 19
There are currently 1,746 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. The regional breakdown of the active cases is as follows:
· Eastern Health – 1,240
· Central Health – 192
· Labrador-Grenfell Health – 89
· Western Health – 225
A total of 1,416 tests were completed since yesterday. To date, 486,437 tests have been administered. People can check their COVID-19 test results online here.
All of Newfoundland and Labrador is in modified Alert Level 4 at this time and will enter modified Alert Level 3 on Monday, February 7, 2022. More information on Alert Level 3 can be found here.
Public Health has revised support person/visitor restrictions at all provincially operated acute care facilities, health centres and long-term care homes, as well as privately operated long-term care homes, personal care homes and community care homes. Effective immediately, one support person/visitor for each patient/resident is permitted at these facilities. More information can be found here.
Public Health has also revised isolation and testing requirements for people who have COVID-19 and their close contacts:
· Fully vaccinated non-household contacts can follow modified self-isolation for five days after their last contact with the person who has COVID-19. This means they must stay at home except to go to school or work (unless they work in a high-risk setting). Modified isolation ends after five days has passed and they have their negative test result.
· Unvaccinated school-aged children who are close contacts and do not live with the person who has COVID-19 can go to school as long as they do not have symptoms. They must isolate for 10 days when not at school.
· Unvaccinated school-aged children who live with someone who has COVID-19 must fully isolate for 10 days and cannot go to school.
· PCR testing is no longer required for household contacts, or unvaccinated non-household contacts.
A flowchart with instructions for close contacts can be found here.
Anyone that is a close contact of a case and has symptoms of COVID-19, and anyone testing positive on a rapid test, should consider themselves a positive case and follow public health direction found here. They do not need any PCR testing to confirm. Employers are asked not to require a PCR test for this category of individuals.
PCR tests are still recommended for non-household close contacts who are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms, and anyone that has symptoms but has not been identified as a close contact of someone that tested positive for COVID-19. Our Self-Isolation Assessment Tool can help you determine if you need to self-isolate or get tested.
Changes will come into effect as of 12:01 on Saturday, February 5, 2022 regarding isolation for travellers entering the province. Effective that date, there will be no isolation for fully vaccinated travellers; however, they will be required to take one rapid test each day for five days. There are no changes to the requirements for partially vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.
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. 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. For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, please visit www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19.