Schools Return to Online Learning After Province Reports 312 New COVID Cases

Students in Newfoundland and Labrador will return to online learning when classes resume on January 4.

The province made the announcement on Wednesday after reporting 312 new cases of COVID-19. There has been no change in the alert level and no one is in the hospital.

Education Minister Tom Osborne has said the government wants to get children back to school as soon as possible. An update will be given every Thursday on the state of the courses for next week.

Newfoundland and Labrador has 312 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the last social media update on December 28. Public health contact tracing is ongoing and anyone considered to be a close contact has been advised of the quarantine in accordance with current guidelines.

In the Eastern Health Region:

  • Thirty-four under 20;
  • One hundred and six between 20-39 years old;
  • Twenty-six between 40 and 49 years old;
  • Thirty-two between 50-59 years old;
  • Thirteen between 60-69 years old; and
  • Five 70 and over.

There are 116 women and 100 men. All are under investigation.

In the central health region:

  • Ten under 20;
  • Thirteen between 20-39 years old;
  • Nine between 40 and 49 years old;
  • Six between 50-59 years old;
  • Six between 60 and 69 years old; and
  • Five 70 and over.

There are twenty-five women and twenty-four men. All are under investigation.

In the Western Health Region:

  • Four under 20;
  • Sixteen between 20-39 years old;
  • One between 40 and 49 years old;
  • Four between 50-59 years old;
  • Two between 60-69 years old; and
  • Three 70 and over.

There are 15 females and 15 males. All are under investigation.

In Labrador-Grenfell Health Region:

  • Twelve between 20-39 years old;
  • One between 40 and 49 years old;
  • One between 50 and 59 years old; and
  • Two between 60-69 years old.

There are 11 females and five males. All are under investigation.

There is also a case which results from tests carried out by a private laboratory outside a regional health authority:

  • One between 20-39 years old.

The case is a male and is under investigation.

There were 44 new healings – 15 in the Eastern Health Region, 11 in the Central Health Region and 18 in the Western Health Region, and 2,239 people recovered. There is no one in the hospital because of COVID-19.

There are currently 1,111 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. The regional distribution of active cases is as follows:

  • Eastern Health – 791
  • Central Health – 128
  • Labrador-Grenfell Health – 39
  • Western Health – 151
  • Unknown 2

To date, 385,459 tests have been administered. People Can Check Their COVID-19 Test Results Online here.

As part of ongoing investigations into recent cases, Public Health is questioning anyone who has visited multiple locations, listed on the COVID-19 website here, to organize COVID-19 tests. To organize the test, complete the available online self-assessment and referral tool here or, if you do not have Internet access, call 811.

People who have visited these places and are currently showing symptoms of COVID-19 are required to self-isolate for up to 24 hours after their symptoms resolve and they are given a negative test result. People who have visited these places and who currently do not have symptoms of COVID-19 are not required to self-isolate until they receive a negative test result. While waiting for their test result, they should watch for symptoms and isolate if symptoms develop.