Public Advisory: Three New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador
May 10, 2021
Today (Monday, May 10), Newfoundland and Labrador has three new confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The first new confirmed case is a male in the Eastern Health region between 50-59 years of age. The case is related to travel within Canada.
The second new confirmed case is a male in the Western Health region between 50-59 years of age. The case is related to travel within Canada.
The third new confirmed case is a female in the Western Health region between 20-39 years of age. The case is a close contact of a previous case.
Contact tracing by Public Health is underway. Anyone considered a close contact has been advised to quarantine.
There is one new presumptive positive case. Presumptive positive cases are treated the same way as confirmed positive cases and once presumptive positive cases are confirmed positive, they are reported in public updates as new confirmed cases.
There is a presumptive positive case that is linked to Belanger Memorial School in Doyles in the Codroy Valley.
Contract tracing starts by identifying any close contacts of the presumptive case. This will include the school cohorts and other close contacts.
Families that have been impacted have been notified. All close contacts have been directed to self-isolate and testing is being arranged. The school has been following Public Health guidelines by keeping cohorts, or classes, separate to reduce the risk of transmission.
There is no evidence of wide-spread community transmission in the area at this time.
There are three new recoveries, two in the Labrador-Grenfell Health region and one in the Central Health region and 1,064 people have recovered. One person is in hospital due to COVID-19.
There are 67 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. The regional breakdown of the 67 active cases is as follows:
- Eastern Health – 41
- Central Health – 11
- Labrador-Grenfell Health – 1
- Western Health – 14
To date, 136,298 people have been tested. People can check their COVID-19 test results online here.
The case reported Saturday, May 8 in the Western Health region has been deemed to be a contact of a previous case.
Out of an abundance of caution and because of recent cases over the weekend, Public Health is asking passengers who travelled on Air Canada Flight 7540 that departed Toronto and arrived in Deer Lake on Thursday, May 6 to arrange COVID-19 testing. To arrange testing, passengers can complete the online self-assessment and referral tool available here or call 811.
While we understand the recent increase in COVID-19 cases is concerning, it is not unexpected given the epidemiology elsewhere in the country. We are seeing increased travel into the province. We encourage those travelling to the province, as well as their families, to make themselves aware of the Public Health guidelines and to follow the appropriate isolation protocols. We ask that everyone, including those travelling into the province, remain vigilant and continue following Public Health guidance.
People are encouraged to download COVID Alert to help reduce the spread of the virus. It is available for free through the Apple or Google Play app stores.
Public Health is reminding people about the phrase People, Space, Time, and Place.
- People – The more people you interact with, the greater the risk of spread.
- Space – The closer you are to others, the greater the risk of spread.
- Time – The more time you spend with others, the greater the risk of spread.
- Place – Indoor activities with others are more risky than outdoor activities.
People should continue to practice good infection prevention and control practices.
These practices include:
- Stay informed, be prepared and follow Public Health advice;
- Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds;
- Use an alcohol based hand sanitizer in the absence of soap and water;
- Do not touch your face;
- Practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette;
- Wear a non-medical mask in public indoor spaces;
- Maintain physical distancing;
- Increase cleanliness and ventilation of public spaces and worksites;
- Work from home, if possible; and,
- Stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with others.
The most up to date vaccine data and the number of vaccine doses administered can be found on the provincial COVID-19 data hub. Information on the COVID-19 vaccine for Newfoundland and Labrador is available online here. Additional information on the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out can be found on the websites for each of the regional health authorities:
For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, please visit www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19.
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