Public Advisory: Public Asked to Call 811 if Experiencing Respiratory Symptoms Following Out-of-Province Travel

  • Health and Community Services

March 6, 2020

While the risk to residents is still low for contracting COVID-19, it is important to know following travel how to prepare in case you or a family member becomes ill.

Those infected with COVID-19 may have mild to severe symptoms. These symptoms may be similar to a cold or flu, and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure.

Symptoms have included:

  • Fever;
  • Cough; and,
  • Difficulty breathing.

If you are experiencing symptoms following out-of-province travel, please call 811, the province’s Healthline, to speak to a registered nurse.

You can also call ahead and speak to your own health care provider if you are concerned about your symptoms, or if you have a travel history to an area where cases have been confirmed.

If you are severely ill and feel you need emergency medical attention, please call 911 and ensure you tell them about your travel history.

For online information and updates on COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador, please visit the Department of Health and Community Services website. To date, there are no cases of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Media contact
Kathy Dicks-Peyton
Health and Community Services
709-729-6986, 699-1982

2020 03 06 4:35 pm