NL’s newest COVID-19 case requires testing for people in hotel, grocery store and on flights

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Newfoundland and Labrador reported a case of COVID-19 on Wednesday, and the provincial government is investigating whether the woman who tested positive isolated herself while she was not on work hours.The province’s health ministry said in a statement that the confirmed case was a female, aged 20 to 39, in Labrador-Grenfell Health Region.

The woman does not reside in the province and has been granted a travel exemption.

According to the press release issued Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m., she is a core health care worker in Happy Valley-Goose Bay who traveled to the province from Saskatchewan.

Health Minister John Haggie later told CBC News that the province’s health department was investigating whether or not the woman was isolating herself while not working after the press release from the government listed several reasons why other people wanted to get tested.

“It would appear that there is some uncertainty as to whether the off hours were actually spent in isolation. We are certainly looking into this, ”he said.

The health department asked people to call 811 to arrange testing if they visited:

  • Terrington Co-op at Happy Valley-Goose Bay on September 22 between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Bargain Shop in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on September 23 between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The Department of Health is also asking everyone who stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Deer Lake on September 21 to call 811 to arrange for the COVID-19 test.

Among those, Finance Minister Siobhan Coady, who is going to take a COVID test but doesn’t have to isolate just watch for symptoms, Haggie said.

“I contacted the public health line, talked to public health officials, made sure everything I was doing, of course, was correct,” Coady said.

“I just have to watch, and luckily I have no symptoms, and that was nine days ago. ”

Additionally, anyone who traveled on Air Canada flights 7950 and 7484 from Regina and Toronto to Deer Lake on September 21, and anyone who traveled on PAL flight 901 on September 22 should call 811 to arrange for the test. COVID-19, the public said. health department.

This is recommended out of “plenty of caution,” the public health department said.

Contact tracing by public health officials is ongoing.

1st case in Labrador-Grenfell since April

It is not known if the woman had any symptoms while traveling. The public health department identified this information with previous travel-related cases, but did not do so in this one.

It is also not known whether the woman should self-isolate.

CBC asked the Department of Public Health for clarification on these two points, but no direct response to the questions was provided.

Instead, Kathy Dicks-Peyton, a spokesperson for the Department of Health, referred the CBC to the self-isolation exemption order, which states: “Asymptomatic healthcare workers essential to provision of critical health care, including organ harvesting teams, in the province are exempt from the requirement to self-isolate for only 14 days while these workers travel to and from their homes and locations work in the province. When not working, these workers must otherwise self-isolate during their stay in the province. ”

This is the first new case of COVID-19 since April in the Labrador-Grenfell health region, which now has seven cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. The health authority tested a total of 2,084 people.

A previous case of COVID-19 has now recovered, so with the new instance, there are two active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

A total of 269 people have recovered from the virus and 42,007 people have been tested, including 536 people in the past 24 hours.

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