Chief Medical Officer of Well being Dr. Janice Fitzgerald will take questions from reporters at 2 p.m. NT Wednesday. (Authorities of Newfoundland and Labrador)
Chief Medical Officer of Well being Dr. Janice Fitzgerald stated the brand new case is a girl between 40 and 49 years previous, a contact of a earlier case within the area. Fitzgerald stated the lady is in isolation and make contact with tracing is underway.
The province now has 25 lively circumstances of COVID-19, with 295 recoveries and 4 deaths since March.
Fitzgerald stated there isn’t a indication but of widespread neighborhood transmission of the virus within the province.
“That being stated, we should always at all times assume COVID may be wherever, any time and we should always act accordingly,” she stated.
A small cluster of circumstances in Deer Lake has raised considerations from residents within the space, prompting the municipal authorities to shut buildings and leisure services. Elwood Elementary was closed Monday after a pupil examined constructive.
On Wednesday, Fitzgerald stated everyone within the affected cohort has been examined, greater than 30 individuals, and there have been no different constructive circumstances in that group.
Up to now, 60,199 individuals have been examined, a rise of 458 since Tuesday’s replace.
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Updates to travelling
In a press launch Wednesday the Division of Well being suggested rotational staff a couple of COVID-19 outbreak on the Imperial Oil Chilly Lake work website in Alberta. The division stated it was notified of the outbreak by the Public Well being Company of Canada, as staff from Newfoundland and Labrador work on the venture.
Challenge staff who’ve returned to the province within the final two weeks should isolate away from family members and name 811 to rearrange testing, and full a full 14-day self-isolation, no matter take a look at end result, says the discharge.
As of Dec. 1, stated Fitzgerald, the provincial authorities’s COVID-19 web site will define acceptable causes for travellers to enter the province. Fitzgerald stated the replace is to make it “very clear” to travellers whether or not they are going to be allowed in, and what’s required of them upon entry.
One other addition to the journey course of is a requirement for important staff to state what sector they’re working in and their work website within the province, and to supply their employer’s contact info.
Provincial authorities officers will now maintain reside COVID-19 briefings three days every week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Premier Andrew Furey stated the choice was made present the general public with the information it must maintain faculties and companies open.
Officers clamped down on non-essential journey this week, extending the 14-day quarantine rule to anybody coming into the province from the Atlantic area. Rotational staff can even now qualify for testing on Day 7 of their self-isolation. (Gary Locke/CBC)
The common weekly briefing on Wednesday adopted an uptick in circumstances this month, most of them clustered in Deer Lake, Grand Financial institution and St. John’s.
To clamp down on the caseload, these municipalities have locked down some services and cancelled some occasions.
Most not too long ago, officers have requested anybody getting back from Nova Scotia within the final two weeks, and who visited bars in Halifax and the encompassing metro communities, to name 811 to rearrange COVID-19 testing, even when they are not experiencing signs.
Additionally this week, officers modified the self-isolation guidelines for rotational staff returning dwelling from different provinces. As of this morning, these staff now have to attend till Day 7 — as an alternative of Day 5 — to get a COVID-19 take a look at to scale back the probabilities of a false adverse.
Circumstances on the rise countrywide
Elsewhere in Canada, circumstances have steadily elevated. Nova Scotia, which reported 37 new circumstances Tuesday, has suggested giant swathes of its metro inhabitants to get a take a look at and has confirmed neighborhood unfold, whereas Alberta and B.C. are reporting file numbers of constructive assessments.
Alberta has banned non-public indoor gatherings and moved all college students Grade 7 and above to at-home studying, however will maintain eating places, companies and casinos open at lowered capability.
Components of Ontario additionally entered lockdown this week, with non-essential companies closed and gatherings restricted to 1 family, besides for individuals who reside alone. Colleges there stay open.
Prince Edward Island has a brand new case on Wednesday, a girl who travelled to the province from eslewhere in Atlantic Canada.
Newfoundland and Labrador has largely averted new lockdown measures to this point. Furey stated Monday that this week’s new self-isolation restrictions for rotational staff and incoming travellers from the Atlantic area may stop heftier controls.
“The Atlantic bubble has been a supply of delight … however the state of affairs has modified,” Furey stated throughout Monday’s COVID-19 briefing.
Final week, a person returned to St. John’s from Nova Scotia, and underneath guidelines in place on the time, was not required to isolate. That prompted a St. John’s restaurant, the place he had been a buyer, to shut of its personal initiative and ask its staff to get examined.