Stephen: 44 new confirmed, 21 new presumptive cases of COVID-19 in NL

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Public Advisory: 44 New Cases of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador

Today (Wednesday, February 17), Newfoundland and Labrador has 44 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The 44 new confirmed cases are as follows:

 

In the Eastern Health region:

 

·       14 under 20 years of age;

·       8 between 20-39 years of age;

·       9 between 40-49 years of age;

·       5 between 50-59 years of age;

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

·       2 over 70 years of age.

 

In the Central Health region:

 

·       2 between 60-69 years of age.

 

The cases in the Central Health region are contacts of a previous known case.

 

There are 27 females and 17 males.

 

Contact tracing by Public Health officials is underway. Anyone considered a close contact will be advised to quarantine.

 

There are 21 new presumptive positive cases in the Eastern Health region since yesterday. This is in addition to the 25 presumptive positive cases reported yesterday.  

 

Presumptive positive cases are not added to the province’s total active case count until they are confirmed positive by the laboratory. It may take several days for confirmatory testing to be completed. Once presumptive positive cases are confirmed positive, they are reported in public updates as new confirmed cases. For example, 10 of today’s 44 new confirmed cases are previous presumptive positive cases. 

 

Presumptive positive cases are treated the same way as confirmed positive cases. These individuals are advised to self-isolate. Anyone considered a close contact is advised to quarantine. Contact tracing by Public Health is underway.

There are 338 active cases of COVID-19.

The regional breakdown of the 338 active cases is as follows:

·       Eastern Health – 329

·       Central Health – 6

·       Labrador-Grenfell Health – 0

·       Western Health – 3

There have been two new recoveries in the Eastern Health region and one new recovery in the Western Health region since yesterday. This means 410 people have recovered from the virus.

One person is in hospital.

To date, 97,517 people have been tested.

 

The department is advising rotational workers about an identified COVID-19 outbreak at the Shell Gold Creek 44 worksite in Alberta. The department was notified about the outbreak by the Public Health Agency of Canada as individuals from this province work at the mine. A list of worksites with declared outbreaks can be found online here.

 

Rotational workers from this worksite who have returned to Newfoundland and Labrador in the last 14 days must self-isolate and physically distance away from household members, and complete the online self-assessment and referral tool available here or call 811 to arrange testing. These workers must complete the full 14-day self-isolation period.

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.

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.

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

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