Stephen: More capacity limits being expanded on Monday as province announces 17 in hospital

Published on February 24th, 2022 @ 2:22 PM


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Today, Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced 17 people in hospital due to COVID-19. With 206 recoveries and 287 new cases in the last 24 hours, there are now 1902 known active cases in Newfoundland & Labrador.

Although the province’s level of COVID activity has increased recently, the rate of hospitalizations has remained stable and manageable, so Dr. Fitzgerald announced new expanded capacity restrictions going into effect at 12:01am on Monday, Feb 28:

  • The capacity limit for formal gatherings will be 75% of venue capacity
  • For faith-based and cultural gatherings where the NLVaxPass is used, 75% capacity limit. Where no VaxPass is used, gatherings are limited to 50% capacity. Singing is now permitted.
  • Public visitations and wakes allowed 75% capacity, wakes outside funeral homes and places of worship limited to 25 people to stay in line with informal gathering restrictions
  • Restaurants, bars, lounges, bingo halls, cinemas, etc expanded to 75% capacity. Eating or drinking is permitted only while seated, individuals must remain masked if they are not eating or drinking
  • Dancing will be permitted with masks
  • There is no capacity limits at retail centres, with masking still required
  • Provincial travel restrictions removed completely

Going into effect tomorrow (Friday, Feb 25), there is new guidance for close contact management:

  • Household contact who is fully vaccinated without symptoms – modified self-isolation with testing for 5 days
    • Modified self-isolation allows individuals to attend work, school, daycares, etc
  • Household contact without symptoms and not vaccinated – modified self-isolation for 7 days with testing
  • If an individual contracted COVID-19 in the last 3 months, no testing is required and must isolate as long as you have symptoms
  • Nonhousehold contact without symptoms – not required to self-isolate or test but must monitor for symptoms, wear mask, and avoid high-traffic areas. Test if symptoms develop.
  • Those who are symptomatic must self isolate and test. Can stop isolating when symptoms diminish
  • Full flow chart at the Provincial Government’s COVID-19 info page, those with questions can email covid19info@gov.nl.ca

The online self-assessment tool will now be used for test result reporting, as well. It is not mandatory, but encouraged that people submit their self-test results if the test was done in the last 10 days. The online Self-Assessment and Test Reporting tool, previously known as the Self-Assessment and Testing Referral Tool, has been updated to assist in determining if the antiviral Paxlovid, may be an appropriate treatment option for an individual. More information on Paxlovid, including eligibility criteria and how to access, can be found here.

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