Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Health has issued a COVID-19 outbreak warning for workers returning from Suncor’s Firebag Oil Sands site in northern Alberta.
It’s at least the fifth such alert this month involving Canadian workplaces outside the Atlantic bubble.
Rotational workers at the site who returned to Newfoundland and Labrador 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, under a six-week pilot program initiated in September, rotational workers employed within Canada can arrange a test as early as Day 5 of their isolation, and can go out in public after seven days if that test is negative.
Health Minister Dr. John Haggie received a report on the new measures Wednesday, and is scheduled to release the results during a news conference Monday.
Haggie has said there have been no hitches with the new rule so far.
On Thursday, the minister referred to a Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) web page that lists possible in-flight COVID-19 exposures on both domestic and international routes.
He said the department can only know about possible exposures if the passenger’s final destination was Newfoundland and Labrador.
The PHAC web page is https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice/exposure-flights-cruise-ships-mass-gatherings.html.
Meanwhile, there were no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported Friday, and the province is down to three active cases after hitting a peak of 12 active cases earlier in the month.
The department issued a reminder to those participating in Halloween events Saturday to follow guidelines posted on the government’s COVID-19 site at https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/information-sheets-for-businesses-and-workplaces/guidance-for-halloween-activities/.
It also encouraged residents to download the COVID Alert to their smartphones, available free through the Apple or Google Play app stores.