Stephen: 3 new cases, new advisory about BC worksite
Today (Thursday, December 17), Newfoundland and Labrador has three new confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The first new confirmed case is a male in the Eastern Health region between 60-69 years of age. The individual is not a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The source of the infection for this case is under investigation by Public Health. An update will be provided as more information becomes available.
The individual is self-isolating. Contact tracing by Public Health officials is underway.
The second new confirmed case is a female in the Eastern Health region between 20-39 years of age.
The third new confirmed case is a male in the Eastern Health region between 20-39 years of age.
Both individuals are residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. They are members of the same household.
The source of the infection for these cases are also under investigation by Public Health. An update will be provided as more information becomes available.
The individuals are self-isolating. Contact tracing by Public Health officials is underway.
Newfoundland and Labrador has 24 active cases.
There has been one recovery in the Eastern Health region and one recovery in the Central Health region since yesterday. This means 339 people have recovered.
One person is in hospital due to the virus.
To date, 68,798 people have been tested.
The Department of Health and Community Services is advising rotational workers about an identified COVID-19 outbreak at Teck’s steelmaking coal operations in the Elk Valley, British Columbia. The outbreak is associated with the Elkview and Fording River operations. The department was notified about the outbreak by the Public Health Agency of Canada as individuals from this province work with these operations. A list of worksites with declared outbreaks can be found online here.
Rotational workers with these operations who have returned to Newfoundland and Labrador in the last 14 days must self-isolate and physically distance away from household members, and call 811 to arrange COVID-19 testing. These workers must now complete the full 14-day self-isolation period, regardless of test result.
The rules for rotational workers from Newfoundland and Labrador who work in Canada that went into effect Wednesday, November 25 do not apply to workers at worksites where there is an ongoing outbreak.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Fever (or signs of a fever, including chills, sweats, muscle aches, lightheadedness);
- Sore throat;
- Painful swallowing;
- Runny nose;
- Loss of sense of smell or taste;
- Unexplained loss of appetite; or,
- Small red or purple spots on the hands and/or feet.