Stephen: 5 new cases, new potential exposure sites in St. John’s and Bonavista
Published on September 3rd, 2021 @ 2:08 PM
Today (Friday, September 3), Newfoundland and Labrador has five 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.
The first new confirmed case is a male in the Eastern Health region between 40-49 years of age. The case is related to international travel.
The second new confirmed case is a female in the Eastern Health region between 50-59 years of age. The case is related to international travel.
The third new confirmed case is a male in the Eastern Health region between 60-69 years of age. The case is a contact of a previous known case.
The fourth new confirmed case is a male in the Central Health region between 50-59 years of age. The case is related to travel within Canada.
The fifth new confirmed case is a male in the Western Health region between 20-39 years of age. The case is related to travel within Canada.
Regarding today’s cases, Public Health is asking anyone who visited the locations on the dates and times listed below to arrange COVID-19 testing. The businesses have been notified and Public Health is thanking them for their cooperation. Starting today, potential COVID-19 exposure notifications will be posted on the COVID-19 website here. They will continue to be included in the department’s public advisories as well.
- Foodland, 144 Confederation Drive, Bonavista on Monday, August 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Bonavista PharmaChoice, 145 Confederation Drive, Bonavista on Thursday, August 26 from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- The Rec Room in the Avalon Mall, 48 Kenmount Road, St. John’s on Friday, August 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- The Cineplex Movie Theatre in the Avalon Mall, 48 Kenmount Road, St. John’s on Friday, August 27 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Get Air Trampoline Park, 63 Thorburn Road, St. John’s on Sunday, August 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Jumping Bean, 37 Elizabeth Avenue, St. John’s on Wednesday, September 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
People can arrange testing by completing the online self-assessment and referral tool available here or by calling 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;
- 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.
There is one new presumptive positive case in the Western Health region. Once presumptive positive cases are confirmed positive, they are reported in public updates as new confirmed cases.
There are three new recoveries in the Eastern Health region since the last public advisory and 1,448 people have recovered. There is no one in hospital due to COVID-19.
There are currently 29 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 – 3
- Western Health – 11
To date, 273,830 tests have been administered. People can check their COVID-19 test results online here.
There is a small cluster in the Western Health region. There are seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 connected to the cluster to date. The identified cases are isolating and Western Health is conducting contract tracing. The source of the cluster is under investigation. Unlike the outbreak in February, a good proportion of the population is vaccinated. This changes how Public Health manages contacts of cases. Testing and isolation now takes the vaccination status of the contact into consideration. Anyone who is identified as a close contact of a case will be contacted by Public Health and given instructions specific to their vaccination status.
The investigation into a cluster of cases of COVID-19 in the Eastern Health region announced on Wednesday, August 18, is ongoing. There are five confirmed cases of COVID-19 connected to the cluster to date. Contact tracing by Public Health officials is completed and the risk to the public is low. Anyone considered a close contact has been advised regarding quarantine according to current guidelines.
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. If you are over 12 and not vaccinated against COVID-19, you will be required to self- isolate upon entry into the province. If you travelled from within the Atlantic Provinces and are an Atlantic Canadian resident, you will need to complete the travel form but you will not need to complete the vaccination section.
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. 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.