Stephen: 8 new cases of COVID-19, new potential exposure site in Eastern Health

Published on September 1st, 2021 @ 2:02 PM


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Today (Wednesday, September 1), Newfoundland and Labrador has eight 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 case is a female 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 70 years of age and older. The case is related to international travel.

 

The third new confirmed case is a male in the Eastern Health region between 20-39 years of age. The case is related to travel within Canada.

 

The fourth new confirmed case is a male in the Eastern Health region 70 years of age and older. The case is related to travel within Canada.

 

The fifth new confirmed case is a female in the Eastern Health region between 20-39 years of age. The case is related to international travel.

 

The sixth new confirmed case is a female in the Central Health region between 20-39 years of age and is a contact of a previous known case.

 

The seventh new confirmed case is a female in the Western Health region between 40-49 years of age. The case is related to travel within Canada.

 

The eighth new confirmed case is a female in the Western Health region under 20 years of age and is a contact of a previous known case.

 

As part of the ongoing investigation into a case in the Eastern Health region, Public Health is asking anyone who visited the location on the date and time listed below to arrange testing. The business has been notified and Public Health thanks them for their cooperation.

 

  • Sobeys, 45 Ropewalk Lane, St. John’s on August 29 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

People can arrange testing by completing the online self-assessment and referral tool available here or by calling 811. People who visited this location 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 this location 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;
  • 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.

 

Public Health is reminding people that it is important for anyone in the province to get tested if they experience just one of the symptoms of COVID-19.

 

There are two new recoveries since the last public advisory, one in the Eastern Health region and one in the Labrador-Grenfell Health region and 1,445 people have recovered. There is no one in hospital due to COVID-19.

 

There are two new presumptive positive cases in the Western Health region. Once presumptive positive cases are confirmed positive, they are reported in public updates as new confirmed cases.

 

There are currently 27 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. The regional breakdown of the active cases is as follows:

 

  • Eastern Health – 11
  • Central Health – 3
  • Labrador-Grenfell Health – 3
  • Western Health – 10

 

To date, 271,909 tests have been administered. People can check their COVID-19 test results online here.

 

There is a small cluster in the Western Health region. To date, there are seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 connected to the cluster. The identified cases are isolating and Western Health is conducting contract tracing. The source of the cluster is under investigation. Unlike our outbreak in February, we now have a good proportion of our population vaccinated. This changes how we manage 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 ongoing investigation into a cluster of cases of COVID-19 in the Eastern Health region announced on Wednesday, August 18, has identified five confirmed cases 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.

 

The National Microbiology Laboratory reported that the most recent wastewater test result for the Town of Paradise in the Eastern Health region was negative. This test result gives Public Health further confidence that the risk to residents in the area is low. While the risk is considered low, out of an abundance of caution, Public Health is still encouraging residents in the area who have not yet been tested and are experiencing just one of the symptoms of COVID-19 listed earlier in this advisory to get tested. Public Health is thanking those residents who have already got tested as a result of last week’s public advisory.

 

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:

 

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. 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.

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