Nfld. & Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador reports 4 new COVID-19 cases

The Department of Health announces four new cases of COVID-19 this weekend — all in the Eastern Health region — as Newfoundland and Labrador's total case count creeps up to 22.

All new cases in Eastern Health region, brings active total in province to 22

The Department of Health is announcing four new cases of COVID-19 — all in the Eastern Health region. (Paul Daly/CBC)

The Department of Health ia reporting four new cases of COVID-19 this weekend — all in the Eastern Health region — as Newfoundland and Labrador's total case count crept up to 22. 

Three of the cases were confirmed on Saturday, the department said in a news release Sunday evening.

The first is a man between 20 and 39 years old, while the second case is a man in his 40s; both are related to international travel. The third case is a woman in her 40s who was a close contact of a previous case. 

On Sunday, a man between 20 and 39 was diagnosed with the virus. Public health says his case is related to travel within Canada.

Health officials say contact tracing is under way and anyone who is a close contact has been advised to quarantine. 

The province also issued a flight advisory, asking anyone who travelled on Air Canada Flight 8996 from Halifax to St. John's on Wednesday to arrange for COVID-19 testing. 

More than 700 people have been tested for the virus since the province last released COVID-19 data on Friday, with total testing numbers topping 129,000.

Thirteen of the province's 22 active cases are in the Eastern Health region of the province, while the remaining nine cases are in the Western Health region. 

On Friday, Premier Andrew Furey promised to help Ontario by providing medical staff, equipment and supplies as it battles a third wave of COVID-19 cases, with more than 2,000 people in hospital and hundreds admitted to intensive-care units and on ventilators.

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