Nfld. & Labrador

N.L. sees record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations with jump to 18

There's also one more person in critical care, raising the number to four, the Health Department said Wednesday.

4 people are in critical care

Wednesday saw a record number of people — 18 — in hospital in Newfoundland and Labrador because of COVID-19. (Paul Daly/CBC)

Newfoundland and Labrador now has a record number of people in hospital because of COVID-19.

The number jumped four, up to 18 on Wednesday, surpassing the record of 16 set Oct. 7.

The number of people in critical care also rose from three to four, the Health Department said in a media release.

There were 2,449 tests completed since the last public update Tuesday, with a positivity rate of 20.87 per cent.

Public Health reported 511 new cases of the virus Wednesday, but testing is restricted to people living in high-risk areas or who are symptomatic without being deemed a close contact of a positive case, so the number is not necessarily an accurate reflection of viral spread.

The province has also told people who have COVID-19 symptoms and are close contacts of a previous case to assume they are positive for the virus and not seek testing.

Wednesday's record comes a day after another grim N.L. milestone, as January became the deadliest month for the virus in the province, with Public Health recording nine deaths since Jan. 2.

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