Today (Saturday, October 17), Newfoundland and Labrador has no new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The province has eleven active cases. Two hundred and seventy-two people have recovered from the virus.

To date, 48,371 people have been tested.

The department is providing an update on the COVID-19 outbreaks at the Methanex methanol plant and Syncrude Canada’s Aurora mine site in Alberta. The Public Health Agency of Canada has informed the department that these outbreaks are over. The agency defines an outbreak as over, when two full incubation periods or 28 days, pass since the last reported case.

People entering Newfoundland and Labrador are reminded to adhere to the orders from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and self-isolate in accordance with the province’s Public Health requirements. Everyone has a part to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

In Alert Level 2, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians should continue to practice good infection prevention and control practices. Daily preventative actions can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

These actions 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.

People are reminded that COVID Alert is available for download free through the Apple or Google Play app stores. Public Health is encouraging people to download the app to help reduce the spread of the virus.

For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, please visit: www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19.

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Media contact
Kathy Dicks-Peyton
Health and Community Services
709-729-6986, 699-1982
kathydickspeyton@gov.nl.ca

2020 10 17 2:00 pm