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There were no brand-new cases of COVID-19 in the province Saturday, but an Eastern Health worker who had recuperated from the illness when again checked favorable on Friday.
Newfoundland and Labrador reported no brand-new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, marking 23 days directly without a new case.
Nevertheless, the Department of Health states there was a positive test result reported Friday evening. The favorable test was from an asymptomatic staff member at Eastern Health who, the department stated, was not involved in direct patient care.
” The individual had actually COVID-19 in the past and had recovered. The test was done as part of a screening procedure, not since the person reported symptoms of COVID-19,” the department’s news release stated.
” The general public health proof to date shows that this is not a brand-new case of COVID-19 The reason for this is that the test is rather good at finding any viral genetic product that might exist even if the infection is no longer efficient in producing infection. In people who have recovered from COVID-19, the presence of such material might produce a favorable test result, but this does not suggest there is an active infection.”
The department stated the individual’s close contacts, both individual and expert, have actually been alerted and are being evaluated “out of an abundance of care.”
The province’s total caseload stays at 261, with 3 deaths and 258 people having recuperated from the virus.
There are no recognized active cases for a third day in a row. Active cases are the overall cases minus recuperated cases and deaths.
Since Saturday’s upgrade, 15,800 individuals have been evaluated for COVID-19 — 227 in the last 24 hours.
The province moves one day closer to making the shift to Alert Level 2 of its resuming strategy, which, if it occurs on Thursday, will put the province ahead of schedule by 11 days. The initial strategy included waiting 28 days in between each levels, equating to 2 complete incubation durations of the infection.
The Department of Health stated Friday’s test result does not change the province’s intent to get in Alert Level 2 on Thursday.
Under Alert Level 2, the public will see the return of health clubs and physical fitness centres, play areas, arenas and movie theaters, all with some limitations still in location.
Places of worship will likewise be permitted to resume after months of numerous relocating to a virtual service.
Security guidelines for how physical fitness centres and other companies will have the ability to open have not been announced yet, nevertheless.
The province has stated that events will have the ability to broaden in Alert Level 2, but the size of gatherings that will be allowed is still to be determined.
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