COVID-19

Province reports three COVID deaths with 17 in hospital, five in ICU

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting three new COVID deaths in the past week.

There are currently 17 people in hospital because of the virus, with five of them in critical care. That’s up from 13 in hospital with three in critical care last week.

Province reports three COVID deaths with 13 in hospital, three in ICU

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting three new COVID deaths in the past week.

There are currently 13 people in hospital because of the virus, with three of them in critical care. On Tuesday, Public Health announced a plan to mail two boxes of rapid test kits to each household in the province over the next few weeks.

Public Health to mail two boxes of COVID rapid tests to each household in province

Public Health rolled out a new COVID rapid testing program Tuesday with a promise to send two boxes of test kits to each household in the province.

The tests will be distributed to households via Canada Post in the coming weeks. To ensure widespread community access, rapid antigen tests will also be available in public libraries and MHA constituency offices throughout the province. 

Two kits (five tests per kit) will be sent in two different shipments through Canada Post throughout November and December. Rapid antigen testing is recommended for anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19. As rapid antigen tests do not always detect COVID-19 on the first day or two of symptoms, Public Health recommends doing one test on the first day of symptom onset and, if negative, taking a second test 48 hours later. 

As per current guidelines, testing is not recommended for anyone who does not have symptoms, including close contacts. PCR testing will remain for outbreak management and within acute care settings. Public health surveillance and predictive modelling will continue as COVID-19 cases remain in the province. Public Health encourages all who have a positive rapid antigen test result to report it, as reporting positive tests provides important information to help guide public health recommendations. To report a positive COVID-19 rapid antigen test, visit the online COVID-19 Assessment and Test Reporting Tool.

More information regarding the distribution of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests can be found on the Department of Health and Community Services website.

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Update coming from chief medical officer as other provinces recommend masking indoors

Ontario’s top doctor has strongly recommended masking indoors as COVID cases climb. Newfoundland and Labrador’s chief medical officer, Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, is expected to provide an update Tuesday, but it’s unknown if there will be new recommendations. NTV’s Jodi Cooke reports.

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Province reports nine new COVID deaths with 18 in hospital, four in ICU

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting nine new COVID deaths in the past week, up from just two the week before.

Hospitalizations have doubled, with 18 people now in hospital because of the virus, up from nine last week. Four people are currently in critical care, up from two last week.

Province reports two new deaths from COVID-19

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting two new deaths from COVID-19 in the past week.

There are currently nine people in hospital because of the virus, with two of them in critical care. The next update is scheduled for Nov. 9.

Public Health easing restrictions for people with COVID-19

Effective Monday, Public Health is easing restrictions for people with COVID. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Janice Fitzgerald says the mandatory seven-day isolation period is being removed. Instead, isolation will end based on when symptoms, and a fever, clear up. NTV’s Ben Cleary has more in this report.

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