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Alberta outbreak brings three new COVID-19 cases to Newfoundland

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Newfoundland and Labrador has broken into double digits of active COVID-19 cases for the first time since May.

Three new cases announced Friday bring that total to 12.

All three are workers returning from Alberta and are associated with an outbreak at the Canadian Natural Resources Horizon Oil Sands site.

Two men, in their 40s and 60s, are residents the Central Health region of the province, while one man in his 40s returned to the Eastern Health region.

None of the men are from the same household, but were self-isolating upon arrival, as required by provincial public health measures.

As a result of these cases, the Department of Health and Community Services is asking people who travelled on Air Canada Flight 690 from Toronto to St. John’s on Saturday, Oct. 10 to call 811 to arrange for COVID-19 testing.

As well, rotational workers from the Horizon site who have returned to the province in the last 14 days must self-isolate away from household members and call 811 to arrange for testing. They must also complete the full 14-day self-isolation period, regardless of their test result.

In normal circumstances, rotational workers who receive a negative test can leave isolation after seven days.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province to 287.

In its news release, the department reminded people entering the province to self-isolate in accordance with public health requirements.

“Everyone has a part to play in preventing the spread of the virus,” the release stated.

“Many Canadian provinces are experiencing a second wave of COVID-19. There have been new cases in this province as a result of travel from outside the Atlantic bubble. The reality is Newfoundland and Labrador will continue to see new cases and the goal is containment of the virus.”

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