Stephen: 3 new cases of COVID-19 in NL today, no source found for St. Anthony case

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Today (Monday, March 8), Newfoundland and Labrador has three new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

 

The three new confirmed cases are as follows:

 

In the Eastern Health region:

·       One between 40-49 years of age;

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

·       One 70 years of age and above.

All three cases are close contacts of previous known cases.

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 84 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

The regional breakdown of the 84 active cases is as follows:

·       Eastern Health – 82

·       Central Health – 0

·       Labrador-Grenfell Health – 1

·       Western Health – 1

There have been six new recoveries in the Eastern Health region. This means 915 people have recovered.

There are three people in hospital. All three are in intensive care.

To date, 116,238 people have been tested. People are reminded that they can check their COVID-19 test results online here.

Eastern Health is offering voluntary testing to people who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Many of those who tested positive during the St. John’s metro area outbreak had no symptoms. This testing will help Public Health determine if there are any pockets of COVID-19 that have gone undetected and it will help in the decision to ease restrictions further.

 

Testing centres in Mount Pearl, St. John’s, Burin, Harbour Grace and Clarenville are accepting appointments for asymptomatic people who wish to receive a COVID-19 test. Additional mobile testing clinics will take place in Trepassey, Bonavista, Placentia and downtown St. John’s throughout the next week.

If you wish to book an appointment, please complete the online self-assessment and referral tool available here or call 811.

When completing the online self-assessment and referral tool for asymptomatic testing, please select both of the following options to receive an appointment:

·       Select “I do not have any symptoms.”

·       Select “yes” for the question “Do you require a COVID-19 test as a result of an advisory from Public Health (i.e. a flight or a public place connected to a COVID-19 case)?”

Asymptomatic individuals who are tested as a result of this advisory will not be required to isolate until they receive their results. 

 

Public Health is providing an update on the positive case of COVID-19 in the Labrador-Grenfell Health region reported on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, for a health care worker at the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony.

 

After extensive testing and investigation, Public Health has not been able to determine a source of the infection. All close contacts of the individual have been identified and are self-isolating. Testing in the community has been completed and Public Health is confident that there is no further spread of the virus.

 

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.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s COVID-19 vaccination plan is available online here.

Pre-registration for the COVID-19 vaccine is underway for people 70 years of age and older. Anyone 70 years of age and older who has not pre-registered is encouraged to do so.

People who have access to the Internet are encouraged as much as possible to use the online pre-registration option. They can pre-register online here. Anyone who knows of someone who is eligible to pre-register and may need assistance with online pre-registration are encouraged to help as you can pre-register on someone’s behalf.

A telephone pre-registration option is available for people who do not have access to the Internet and cannot pre-register online. They can call 1-833-668-3930 or 709-273-3930 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week.

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

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