Stephen: One new case of COVID-19 in Eastern Health today, 7 recoveries


Today (Wednesday, December 23), Newfoundland and Labrador has one new confirmed case of COVID-19.


The one new confirmed case is a female in the Eastern Health region between 40-49 years of age.


The case is travel-related. The individual, a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador, returned to the province from work in British Columbia.


The individual is self-isolating. Contact tracing is underway.


As a result of this case and out of an abundance of caution, Public Health is asking passengers who travelled on Air Canada Flight 696 that departed Toronto on Tuesday, December 15 and arrived in St. John’s on Wednesday, December 16 to call 811 to arrange testing.


Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever (or signs of a fever, including chills, sweats, muscle aches, lightheadedness);
  • Cough;
  • Headache;
  • Sore throat;
  • Painful swallowing;
  • Runny nose;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste;
  • Unexplained loss of appetite; or,
  • Small red or purple spots on the hands and/or feet.


People are reminded to follow the Special Measures Orders of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for isolation requirements. Even if someone receives a negative test result, Public Health is encouraging all passengers to continue monitoring themselves for symptoms for a full 14 days from the time of their arrival in the province.


Newfoundland and Labrador has 23 active cases of COVID-19.


There have been seven recoveries since yesterday. Three people have recovered in the Eastern Health region, two people have recovered in the Central Health region and two people have recovered in the Western Health region. This means 354 people have recovered from the virus.


One person is in hospital due to the virus.


To date, 71,012 people have been tested.




Current track