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One new case of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador reported on Sunday

One new case of COVID-19 has been recorded in Newfoundland and Labrador, according to Friday's update.
Passengers who travelled on Air Canada Flight 7484 from Toronto to Deer Lake on Tuesday, Oct. 20 are asked to call 811 to arrange for COVID-19 testing. -File image

Man in Western Health region travelled from Ontario

A news release from the Department of Health and Community Services on Sunday confirmed the province has one new case of COVID-19.

The new case is a man in the Western Health region between 60-69 years of age who travelled to the province from Ontario. 

“The individual, who is not a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador, came to the province after being granted a travel exemption,” reads the news release.

Out of an abundance of caution, the department is asking passengers who travelled on Air Canada Flight 7484 from Toronto to Deer Lake on Tuesday, Oct. 20 to call 811 to arrange for COVID-19 testing. 

According to the news release, the man has been self-isolating since arrival, and contact tracing is completed, with anyone considered a close contact advised to quarantine.

The province now has 11 active cases. To date, 275 people have recovered from the virus, and 50,682 people have been tested.

“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,” reads the news release.

“Everyone has a part to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19.”

The department recommends the following actions to prevent the spread of the virus:

• 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.

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