N.L. changing COVID-19 isolation requirements, introducing Pfizer bivalent vaccine – CBC

New Pfizer bivalent vaccine being rolled out Oct. 28

Oct 21, 2022

Newfoundland and Labrador is easing its COVID-19 case and contact management guidelines starting Monday at 12:01 a.m.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald said the change is being made based on evidence from other provinces and jurisdictions.

Starting Monday, anyone who contracts COVID-19 will not have to self-isolate for seven days.

Fitzgerald said anyone with symptoms should self-isolate at home until symptoms have improved, with no fever, for at least 24 hours. For 10 days from the date symptoms began, people should wear a mask and avoid interacting with high-risk people and groups and avoid non-essential visits to hospitals and long-term care.

If symptoms only last for a day or two, that person will only have to self-isolate for that time period.

“What we know right now, as you’re starting to feel better, especially with people who are vaccinated and especially with the Omicron variant, which is causing less severe disease, we know that when those severe symptoms have passed the risk of infection does go down,” said Fitzgerald.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/nl-covid-october-21-2022-1.6624602

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