Stephen: 7 in hospital due to COVID in the province as total of 731 new confirmed cases announced

Published on January 12th, 2022 @ 2:10 PM


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There are a total of 731 new confirmed cases in Newfoundland & Labrador today. 502 of those have been confirmed in the province’s labs in the last 24 hours and 229 are from out-of-province testing. The region by region breakdown is as follows:

  • Eastern Health – 517
  • Central Health – 44
  • Western Health – 64
  • Labrador-Grenfell Health – 85
  • Unknown – 21

There are now 7 people in hospital in the province with 6443 known active cases. Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald said in today’s COVID briefing that, despite high case counts, the province’s trend is stable. To that end, COVID modelling expert Dr. Proton Rahman joined today’s briefing and shared that no province in Canada escaped the effects of the omicron variant. NL has one of the highest testing rates in the entire country, as well as the lowest test positivity and hospitalization rates in the country, which indicates a low level of community spread.

 

Public advisory:

Today (Wednesday, January 12), Newfoundland and Labrador has 502 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the last media update on January 11. Anyone who has tested positive must follow guidelines as outlined here. Cases are advised to notify contacts as per instructions on the website.

As a result of testing capacity being exceeded at the provincial laboratory and samples being sent out of the province for testing, an additional 229 cases are being reported today arising from these results.

The breakdown of the 731 cases are as follows:

In the Eastern Health region:

  • Ninety-three under 20 years of age;
  • One hundred and eighty-seven between 20-39 years of age;
  • Sixty-six between 40-49 years of age;
  • Sixty-nine between 50-59 years of age;
  • Forty-five between 60-69 years of age; and
  • Fifty-seven 70 years of age and above.

There are 270 females and 247 males.

In the Central Health region:

  • Four under 20 years of age;
  • Eleven between 20-39 years of age;
  • Nine between 40-49 years of age;
  • Six between 50-59 years of age;
  • Seven between 60-69 years of age; and
  • Seven 70 years of age and above.

There are 30 females and 14 males.

In the Western Health region:

  • Five under 20 years of age;
  • Twenty-three between 20-39 years of age;
  • Thirteen between 40-49 years of age;
  • Twelve between 50-59 years of age;
  • Five between 60-69 years of age; and
  • Six 70 years of age and above.

There are 32 females, 30 males and two unknown sex.

In the Labrador-Grenfell Health region:

  • Sixteen under 20 years of age;
  • Thirty-three between 20-39 years of age;
  • Fifteen between 40-49 years of age;
  • Twelve between 50-59 years of age;
  • Two between 60-69 years of age; and
  • Seven 70 years of age and above.

There are 35 females, 49 males and one unknown sex.

There are also 21 cases that are the result of testing completed by a private lab outside of a Regional Health Authority:

  • Three under 20 years of age;
  • Ten between 20-39 years of age;
  • One between 40-49 years of age;
  • Four between 50-59 years of age;
  • Two between 60-69 years of age; and
  • One 70 years of age and above.

There are eight females, 11 males, and two unknown sex.

There have been 498 new recoveries – 370 in the Eastern Health region, 56 in the Central Health region, 71 in the Western Health region and one in the Labrador-Grenfell region, and 4,458 people have recovered.

There are seven people in hospital because of COVID-19, four in non-critical care and three in critical care.

There are currently 6,443 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. The regional breakdown of the active cases is as follows:

  • Eastern Health – 4,481
  • Central Health – 271
  • Labrador-Grenfell Health – 1,250
  • Western Health – 337
  • Unknown RHA – 104

To date, 443,284 tests have been administered. People can check their COVID-19 test results online here.

All of Newfoundland and Labrador is now in Alert Level 4. This Alert Level will be reassessed on January 17, 2022. Information on Alert Level 4 can be found here.

Public Health has also revised isolation and testing requirements for people who have COVID-19 and their close 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, should consider themselves a positive case and follow public health direction. They do not need any testing to confirm. Employers are asked not to require a PCR test for this category of individuals. Public health direction for positive cases can be found here.

Anyone testing positive on a rapid test should consider themselves a positive case and follow public health direction. They no longer need PCR testing to confirm. Public health direction for positive cases can be found here.

PCR tests are still recommended for anyone that is a close contact and does 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.

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.

Our Self-Isolation Assessment Tool can help you determine if you need to self-isolate or get tested. However, you should always follow the advice given to you when contacted by public health officials.

Wearing a face mask that covers the nose and mouth is required in public indoor settings for everyone ages five and over. Information on the Public Health guidance on masks can be found at www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/public-health-guidance/guidance/masks/. In places where masks are not required, wearing a mask is strongly recommended, even when seated and/or physically distanced from other people.

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:

Eastern Health
Central Health
Western Health
Labrador-Grenfell Health

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.

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