Nfld. & Labrador

1 new COVID-19 case in N.L. for 2nd straight day

There is one new case of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador Sunday, marking the second straight day with a new case related to travel.

New travel-related cases reported on both Saturday and Sunday

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting one new case of COVID-19 on Sunday, related to travel from Ontario. (Lindsay Bird/CBC)

There is one new case of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador Sunday, marking the second straight day with a new case related to travel.

According to a press release from the province's Health Department, the new case is in the Western Health region of the province and is a man in his 60s who arrived in the province from Ontario after being granted a travel exemption. The department said the man is not a resident of the province.

The man has been in self-isolation since his arrival, with contact tracing already completed by public health officials.

As a result of the new case, the Department of Health is asking passengers who travelled on Air Canada Flight 7484 from Toronto to Deer Lake on Tuesday to call 811 for COVID-19 testing.

The number of active cases in the province now sits at 11. The number of recoveries remains 275, and there have been four COVID-19-related deaths in Newfoundland and Labrador since the pandemic began.

As of Sunday, 50,682 people have been tested for the virus, up 227 in the last 24 hours.

The new case is the second COVID-19 case announced over the weekend. A male in his 50s living in the Eastern Health region who returned home from work in Alberta was confirmed positive on Saturday.

As a result of that case, the Department of Health issued an advisory Saturday asking passengers who travelled on Air Canada Flight 690 from Toronto to St. John's on Tuesday to call 811 to arrange for COVID-19 testing.

Saturday's case was the seventh in October related to work-related travel from Alberta, a month in which there were COVID-19 outbreaks at the Methanex methanol plant, Syncrude Canada's Aurora mine site and Canadian Natural Resources Limited's Horizon oilsands site in the province.

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