As new COVID-19 testing rules take effect in Newfoundland and Labrador, five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported on Saturday.
All five cases are linked to domestic travel, with four of them located in the Eastern Health Region. They include two men in their twenties or thirties, a man in his forties and a man in his sixties.The fifth case is in the Central Health Region, a man in his 60s who has traveled to Canada.
There is also a new presumptive positive case in the Western Health Region, which public health says is linked to a previously known case in the Codroy Valley and surrounding areas.
There are now eight confirmed cases linked to the Codroy Valley outbreak, including three linked to Belanger Memorial School in Upper Ferry. There is no evidence of widespread community transmission at present, according to public health.
There are 13 new cases of recovery reported across the province, the highest amount seen in a single day since March 20. There are now 78 active cases in Newfoundland and Labrador, down eight from Friday.
One person is in hospital due to COVID-19.
A total of 138,624 people have been tested for the virus in Newfoundland and Labrador, with an additional 587 in the past 24 hours.
New testing requirements for travelers
Beginning Saturday, all travelers in the province aged five or older will be tested for self-isolation requirements. The announcement was made on Wednesday by Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald in an effort to “improve surveillance” and combat the spread of COVID-19.
Asymptomatic travelers who can isolate themselves completely away from others should be tested once on the 11th, 12th or 13th of their two-week isolation period.
Completely isolating yourself from others means staying in an accommodation or area of the house separate from family or other members of the house, including using a separate bedroom and bathroom and having no contact with others. other people, according to public health.
Asymptomatic travelers who are unable to fully isolate themselves from people must now be tested twice – once in the first two days of arrival and once on the 11, 12 or 13 day of isolation. In cases where the isolating person does not have their own bedroom or bathroom, Fitzgerald said the whole family should self-isolate.
Travelers will also have the option of getting tested on the seventh, eighth or ninth day of their isolation. Members of the traveller’s household can also request a test after day 7.
The new testing protocols do not apply to rotational workers from non-outbreak sites in Canada, as well as to any traveler who spends two days or less in the province.
The new rules also do not apply to permanent residents of communities located on the Labrador-Quebec border who have not crossed the border in the last 14 days.
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