N.L. reports 15 new COVID-19 cases as cluster in Labrador-Grenfell region emerges
Public Health recommending delayed opening of three schools
Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 15 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, along with the emergence of a cluster in the Labrador-Grenfell Health region.
According to a media release issued just before 5 p.m. NT, there are eight new confirmed cases in the Eastern Health region, three in the Western Health region, one in the Central Health region and three in the Labrador-Grenfell Health region.
Six of the cases in the Eastern Health region are related to either domestic or international travel. One case is a close contact of a previous case, while another is under investigation.
Two of the three cases in the Western Health region are close contacts of previous cases, while the third case is under investigation.
Two cases in the Labrador-Grenfell region are under investigation, along with a case in the Central Health region.
The third reported case in the Labrador-Grenfell region is a close contact of a previous case.
There are also seven presumptive positive cases in the Labrador-Grenfell region.
The new numbers raise the total active cases in the province to 33. Eleven new recoveries have been reported since the last COVID-19 update.
One person is now in hospital due to COVID-19.
A total of 275,924 COVID-19 tests have been completed in the province, an increase of 2,094 since Friday.
Public health is also advising about a cluster of COVID-19 cases emerging in the Labrador-Grenfell Health region. The investigation involves a large number of contacts, according to the release.
Health officials are also recommending the delayed opening of three schools in the Roddickton area of Newfoundland to allow time for contact tracing. This includes Cloud River Academy in Roddickton, H.G. Fillier Academy in Englee and Mary Simms All Grade in Main Brook.
In a statement to CBC News on Monday night, the Newfoundland and and Labrador English School District said it will follow public health's recommendation to delay opening at the three schools, and that families and staff have been notified. The board says no other schools in the area are affected at this time.
Investigations into two previously known clusters in the Eastern and Western Health regions continue. There are five and seven cases connected to each cluster respectively.
Due to the increase in cases and contacts, COVID-19 testing will continue in the Roddickton-Bide Arm area at the White Bay Central Health Centre on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
No appointment is necessary, and anyone experiencing even one symptom of COVID-19 should be tested, according to public health.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, along with Health Minister John Haggie and Premier Andrew Furey, will speak to the public during a COVID-19 briefing Tuesday at 2 p.m. NT.
Public health also issued several notices about potential COVID-19 exposure across the province. Anyone who visited the following locations on the listed dates and times should arrange for a COVID-19 test.
Eastern Health region:
- Tiny's Bar and Grill, 1378 Topsail Rd., Paradise, on Aug. 30 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
- Donovan's Irving Big Stop, 65 Clyde Ave., Mount Pearl, on Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon.
- A&W, 1448 Topsail Rd., Paradise, on Friday from 11 a.m. to noon. This does not apply to people who only used the drive-thru.
Western Health Region:
- River's End Motel, 2 North Shore Highway, Corner Brook, on Aug. 20.
- Quality Inn, 64 Maple Valley Rd., Corner Brook, from Aug. 20 to Aug. 22.
- Pizza Delight, 24 Murphy Sq., Corner Brook, on Aug. 20 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
- Walmart, 16 Murphy Sq., Corner Brook, on Aug. 20 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Aug. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m.
- Samuel & Company, 44 Maple Valley Rd., Corner Brook Plaza on Aug. 20 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and Aug. 21 from 1 to 2 p.m.
- Reitmans, 44 Maple Valley Rd., Corner Brook Plaza, on Aug. 20 from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
- Bell Aliant, 44 Maple Valley Rd., Corner Brook Plaza on Aug. 20 from 3:30 to 6 p.m
- Tim Hortons, 28 Murphy Sq., Corner Brook, on Aug. 21 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and Aug. 22 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. This does not apply to people who only used the drive-thru.
- McDonald's, 16 Confederation Drive, Corner Brook, on Aug. 21 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. This does not apply to people who only used the drive-thru.
- Winners, 35 Confederation Dr., Corner Brook, on Aug. 21 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. and Aug. 31 from 3 to 4 p.m.
- Canadian Tire Gas Bar, 4 Murphy Sq., Corner Brook, on Aug. 21 from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m.
- Canadian Tire, 4 Murphy Sq., Corner Brook, on Aug. 21 from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m.
- Kent Building Supplies, 37 Confederation Dr., Corner Brook, on Aug. 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
- Jiwen Garden, 82 West St., Corner Brook, on Aug. 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
- Humber Nurseries Ltd., 137 West Valley Rd., Corner Brook, on Aug. 22 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
- Deer Lake Irving Big Stop, 62 Trans-Canada Highway, on Aug. 22 from 3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
- Mary Brown's, 60 Trans-Canada Highway, Deer Lake, on Aug. 22 from 3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m
- Gros Morne Gas Bar, 1A-B Viking Trail, St Paul's, on Aug. 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Dollarama, 24 Commerce St., Deer Lake, on Aug. 31 from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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