ST. JOHN’S, N.L. —
Two new confirmed cases and the start of vaccine appointment-booking for those over 65 in the Eastern Health region.
Those were the key announcements related to COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador Thursday.
One of the two new confirmed positives is a male in the Western Health region who is between 20-39 years of age and whose case is related to travel within Canada.
Meanwhile, Public Health is asking passengers who travelled on Air Canada Flight 8008 that departed Toronto Saturday, April 10 and arrived in Deer Lake on Sunday, April 11 to arrange for COVID-19 testing.
The second new confirmed case is a male in the Eastern Health region between 60-69 years of age; his case is related to international travel.
In both cases, contact-tracing by Public Health officials is underway and anyone considered a close contact has been advised to quarantine.
With one new recovery in the Western Health region, it means there are 15 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.
There are no new presumptive positive cases.
Meanwhile, Eastern Health is inviting people 65 years of age and older, as of December 31, 2021, to book an appointment online for their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
There is no need to pre-register for an appointment. As well, anyone who has already pre-registered in the 70-plus age group is also being told to proceed to book an appointment.
To ensure a successful booking process, residents are encouraged to use Google Chrome as the preferred browser. Eastern Health also notes it is important to use a personal email address if possible since many companies have spam filters that can prevent confirmation emails. Always check spam/junk folders for email confirmations. Residents are also being advised it is also a good idea to write down appointment dates and times as a precaution after completing bookings.
To book an appointment at one of the available clinics throughout the Eastern Health region on the online booking portal called Pomelo (formerly called Health Myself):
To do so, click on the Pomelo portal and complete the eligibility questionnaire and consent. Then, follow the online instructions and when prompted, type in the following authorization code: ECOV-KYZTQ-21
If anyone is experiencing difficultly booking their appointment, contact 1-833-951-3884 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. or watch the video below.
Individuals will know when the clinics are full when there are no longer any available appointment slots available in the online system. If an appointment is no longer available in the community/clinic of choice, more clinics will be available in the future.
Patients are asked to consider the necessity of having someone accompany them when receiving the vaccine. Although support persons are encouraged to attend when needed, patients who can safely manage their own interaction for out-patient care are being told they should attend the vaccine clinic unaccompanied. For more information, visit the “Visitation and Support Persons” webpage via Eastern Health’s COVID-19 site.
For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, access vaccine information from Health Canada or the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s vaccine information sheet. For up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19.
The health department is also advising rotational workers about an identified COVID-19 outbreak at the Royal Camp Services in Grand Prairie, Alta.. The department was notified about the outbreak by the Public Health Agency of Canada as individuals from this province work at the site. A list of worksites with declared outbreaks can be found online.
Rotational workers with this project who have returned to Newfoundland and Labrador in the last 14 days must self-isolate and physically distance away from household members, and call 811 to arrange testing. These workers must now complete the full 14-day self-isolation period, regardless of test result.
The rules for rotational workers from Newfoundland and Labrador who workelsewhere in Canada that went into effect Friday, March 12, 2021, do not apply to workers at worksites where there is an ongoing outbreak.