Central Health operations update and air quality advisory due to wildfire

July 25, 2022


As a wildfire continues to burn near the Bay d’Espoir highway, approximately 42 kilometres south of the TCH, residents are to remain vigilant and follow any directions provided by the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture at https://twitter.com/FFA_GovNL.

As the temperatures remain high, the forest fire hazard forecast is HIGH to VERY HIGH for parts of province today.


Road closures updates will be provided by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure at https://twitter.com/ti_govnl


Central Health advises that ER services will be temporarily closed and Virtual ER services will be offered at the Connaigre Peninsula Health Centre in Harbour Breton.

VIRTUAL ER at CPHC

On-site emergency services will be supported through Virtual ER assessment on the following date and times:

  • Monday, July 25 at 8:00 am to Wednesday, July 27 at 8:00 am

Central Health would ask that only those requiring emergency services present at this time.

Air ambulance services will be available to those in need of medical transport.


Central Health encourages the public to protect their health when experiencing wildfire smoke and extreme heat together. Recommendations for protecting your health are:

  1. Keep windows and doors closed and stay cool – seal them properly with weather stripping if necessary.

  2. Find clean cool air.

  3. Limit outdoor and strenuous activity – pay attention to air quality and weather forecasts and reschedule outdoor activities for a time when conditions are better.

  4. Stay hydrated – drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration.

  5. Care for others – watch out for those who are vulnerable to wildfire smoke and heat (i.e. seniors, pregnant people, infants and young children, people who work outdoors, people with an existing illness or chronic health conditions).


Some people including pregnant women, young children, seniors, people with underlying medical conditions, and people who physically exert themselves outside for work or sports, are at higher risk and need to be more careful.


For more information on Wildfire Smoke and to learn the symptoms of combined wildfire and heat exposure visit:

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/publications/healthy-living/combine-wildfire-smoke-heat.html#people


Updates will be posted on Twitter and Facebook.


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Media contact:

Gayle St. Croix

Director, Communications and Government Relations

gayle.stcroix@centralhealth.nl.ca




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