Two more people have died of COVID-19, the province announced Friday.
Newfoundland and Labrador has 41 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.
In the Eastern Health region:
- Three under 20 years of age;
- Two between 20-39 years of age;
- One between 40-49 years of age;
- Three between 50-59 years of age; and
- One between 60-69 years of age.
There are six females and four males. There are six cases that are contacts of previous known cases, two cases are related to travel in Canada, one case is related to international travel and one is under investigation.
In the Central Health region:
- Five under 20 years of age;
- Four between 20-39 years of age;
- Two between 40-49 years of age;
- Five between 50-59 years of age;
- Four between 60-69 years of age; and
- Eleven 70 years of age and older.
There are 18 females and 13 males. There is one case is related to travel in Canada and the others are under investigation.
Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting its ninth and tenth death from COVID-19. There is one male from the Central Health region 70 years of age and older and one female in the Eastern Health region 70 years of age and older. The department is sending its condolences to the families of these individuals and asks everyone to respect these family’s privacy at this time.
There have been 23 new recoveries, four in the Eastern Health region, 18 in the Central Health region and one in the Western Health region and 1,591 people have recovered. There are seven people in hospital because of COVID-19, three in non-critical care and four in critical care.
There are two new presumptive positive cases in the province. Once presumptive positive cases are confirmed positive, they are reported in public updates as new confirmed cases.
There are currently 180 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. The regional breakdown of the active cases is as follows:
- Eastern Health – 16
- Central Health – 160
- Labrador-Grenfell Health – 0
- Western Health – 4
To date, 308,013 tests have been administered. People can check their COVID-19 test results online here.
The investigation into the cases of COVID-19 related to the Central Health region announced Monday, September 20, is ongoing. To date, there are 87 confirmed cases of COVID-19 connected to the Baie Verte cluster and 57 confirmed cases of COVID-19 connected to the Twillingate/New World Island cluster. There are 43 confirmed cases of COVID-19 connected to the Bishop’s Falls/Botwood cluster, which are amongst a group that is closely socially connected. Any identified cases are isolating and Central Health is conducting contact tracing. The source of the clusters are under investigation.
The investigation into a cluster of cases of COVID-19 in the Labrador-Grenfell Health region announced Monday, September 6, is ongoing. There are 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19 connected to the cluster to date. The identified cases are isolating and Labrador-Grenfell Health is conducting contract tracing. The source of the cluster is under investigation.
Wearing a non-medical face mask that covers the nose and mouth is required in public indoor settings for everyone ages 5 and over. Information on the Public Health guidance on masks can be found at https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/public-health-guidance/guidance/masks/.
As part of the ongoing investigation into cases in the Central Health region, Public Health is asking anyone who visited locations listed below on the respective date and time to arrange testing. To arrange testing, complete the online self-assessment and referral tool available here or call 811. The businesses have been notified and Public Health thanks them for their cooperation. Potential COVID-19 exposure notifications are posted on the COVID-19 website here.
- Tai Sun Restaurant, 14 Cromer Avenue, Grand Falls-Windsor on Sunday, September 19 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- McDonald’s, 472 Main Street, Lewisporte on Wednesday, September 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Lily’s Landing Restaurant, 210 Airport Boulevard, Gander on Saturday, September 25 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
People who visited these locations 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 these locations 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;
- 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.
A full list of exposure notifications that are part of ongoing investigations into recent cases across the province are listed on the COVID-19 website here. This page is updated daily from Monday to Friday as COVID-19 exposure notifications are issued. The locations included in today’s public advisory will be posted on the website Monday.
Anyone in the province, regardless of their vaccination status, should get tested if they are experiencing even just one of the symptoms of COVID-19 listed above. Do not assume it is just a cold. There has been community spread and outbreaks across the country because people were mildly symptomatic and did not get tested or limit their activity. It is essential to find any cases of COVID-19, so that Public Health can do their job effectively and contain the spread of the virus as much as possible.
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. Changes to travel announced earlier this week are now in effect. Anyone partially vaccinated will now have the same requirements as unvaccinated travellers. Further information for those travelling to the province, including isolation and testing requirements, can be found here.