Stephen: 7 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in NL today, 25 new presumptive cases

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Today (Tuesday, February 16), Newfoundland and Labrador has seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The seven new confirmed cases are as follows:

  •  In the Eastern Health region:
    • Two under 20 years of age;
    • One between 20-39 years of age;
    • Two between 40-49 years of age;
    • One between 50-59; and,
    • One over 70 years of age.

There are five females and two males. Contact tracing by Public Health officials is underway. Anyone considered a close contact will be advised to quarantine.

There are 25 new presumptive positive cases in the Eastern Health region. Presumptive cases are treated the same way as confirmed cases. These individuals are self-isolating. Contact tracing is underway. Anyone considered a close contact is being advised to quarantine.

There are 297 active cases of COVID-19.

The regional breakdown of the 297 active cases is as follows:

  • Eastern Health – 289
  • Central Health – 4
  • Labrador-Grenfell Health – 0
  • Western Health – 4

There have been six new recoveries in the Eastern Health region and two new recoveries in the Western Health region since yesterday. This means 407 people have recovered from the virus. One person is in hospital. To date, 94,944 people have been tested.

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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