Three new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Saturday in Newfoundland and Labrador, a day after two new cases in two different health regions in the province added to the number of cases.
The three new cases are women from the Western Health Region under the age of 19.The health ministry said in a press release on Saturday that the women are close contacts from a previous case and are members of the same extended household.
“Because they were previously identified as close contacts, they were already in quarantine throughout their infectious periods. This means that there is no risk of transmission to the community, ”read Saturday’s press release.
“Public health contact tracing is complete. Everyone considered to be close contact has been asked to quarantine.
The province’s case count rises to 282, 269 people have recovered from the virus and four deaths since March.
A total of 46,359 people have been tested as of Saturday’s update – 303 of them have been tested in the past 24 hours.
The province now has nine active cases.
In the wake of one of the cases reported a day ago – a man between 40 and 49 in the Eastern Health Region who returned home from his job in Africa – the health ministry is asking anyone traveled on Air Canada flight 690 from Toronto to St. John’s on Wednesday to call 811 to arrange the COVID-19 test.
The other case on Friday, a woman from the Western Health Region, the health department said, is a close contact and a member of the same household as a previously reported case in the region.
Coal mine outbreak over
The Department of Health has also released an update on the COVID-19 outbreak at the Teck Coal Mine in Elkford, British Columbia.
“The Public Health Agency of Canada has notified the ministry that the outbreak is over. The agency defines an outbreak as being over when two full incubation periods, or 28 days, have passed since the last case reported to the site, ”the press release said. ”
“As long as this outbreak is over, rotational workers are reminded to continue to follow the self-isolation guidelines in place.
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