Nfld. & Labrador

N.L's active COVID-19 count remains steady with 5 new cases, 5 recoveries reported

Four of Sunday's five new cases are travel-related, while the fifth case is a contact of a previous case. There are 67 active cases in the province.

Province passes 136,000 people tested

More than 136,000 people have now been tested for COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador. (Sherry Vivian/CBC)

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting five new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

Four of the cases are travel-related. Three of them are in the Eastern Health region, all men in their 40s who travelled within Canada. The fourth is in the Central Health region, a man in his 60s, also related to travel within Canada.

The fifth case is a woman age 70 or older in the Western Health region, a close contact of a previous case.

Contact tracing is underway in all cases, according to public health.

Five new recoveries are also being reported on Sunday, leaving the number of active cases in the province steady at 67. There are 40 active cases in Eastern Health, 12 in Central Health, 12 in Western Health and three in Labrador-Grenfell Health.

A total of 136,097 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the province, including 183 in the past day.

Public health issued two more travel advisories due to Sunday's cases, asking passengers who travelled on Air Canada Flight 7542 from Toronto to Deer Lake on Thursday or WestJet Flight 3422 from Halifax to St. John's on Friday to arrange a COVID-19 test.

Most new cases travel-related

Since May 2, Newfoundland and Labrador has reported 44 new cases of COVID-19.

The jump in cases has been heavily related to travel. While public health says the increase is not unexpected, as more people begin to travel into the province from across Canada, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald said it's important for people to stick to public health measures.

"I think we will continue to see cases, and we'll probably see more cases over the coming weeks," Fitzgerald said during Wednesday's COVID-19 briefing. "I think how people adhere to public health measures, that will certainly make the difference as to whether or not we see a [third] wave out of this."

The province also saw 14 cases on the Federal Montreal cargo ship anchored in Conception Bay. The cases have been included in the province's active case count, which also played into an increase in active cases.

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