Another senior tests positive in Grand Bank

·2 min read

Another senior in the town of Grand Bank has tested positive for COVID-19.

That makes five people over the age of 70 who have been infected with the coronavirus in the past week, three of them tenants at a seniors' complex called Blue Crest Cottages.

The new case, a woman, is not one of the tenants.

In total, seven people in the community have tested positive, including a rotational worker.

Newfoundland and Labrador registered another case on Tuesday, a woman in her 60s who is a close contact of a previous case unrelated to the Grand Bank cluster.

With one new recovery from the disease, there are now a total of 24 active cases in the province. No one is in hospital.

There are no new cases in Deer Lake, where a cluster of six positive cases, including an elementary student, has caused the school and much of the community to shut down as a precaution.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health advised Tuesday that rotational workers who have returned from the LNG Canada project site in Kitimat, B.C., in the last 14 days will have to self-isolate for 14 days and stay physically distant from household members because of an outbreak there. They should also call 811 to arrange a COVID-19 test.

Normally, rotational workers returning from within Canada can get tested on Day 7 and leave isolation if it’s negative, with some provisos. They are not allowed to enter long-term or personal care homes.

The province is suspending its participation in the Atlantic bubble as of today at noon. That means anyone arriving in the province from the Maritimes must complete a full 14-day isolation, although a travel exemption is not required as it is for other parts of Canada.

The province has strongly advised against non-essential travel due to a growing second wave of COVID-19 across the country.

Peter Jackson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Telegram