New COVID-19 housing in N.L., bringing the total to 257

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There is a new case of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 257.

According to the provincial government, the new case is in the Eastern health region.

In total, there are 239 cases in the Eastern health region, eight cases in the Central health region, four cases in the Western Health region and six cases in the Labrador-Grenfell Health region.

Six people are hospitalized, one less than Friday. Three people are in intensive care. On Saturday afternoon, 5,871 people were tested for COVID-19 – an increase of 286 cases from Friday – and 5,614 negative tests.

The total number of cases by age:

  • 22 cases are less than 20 years old.
  • 37 are between 20 and 39 years old.
  • 37 are between 40 and 49 years old.
  • 56 are between 50 and 59 years old.
  • 58 are between 60 and 69 years old.
  • 47 are 70 or older.

A total of 189 people recovered from the virus, leaving 65 active cases in the province.

The number of COVID-19 deaths in the province remains at three.

“Find unity this weekend”

At Friday’s provincial briefing, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, encouraged people to socialize remotely this weekend and follow public health recommendations when they go out for air.

“Remember that physical remoteness does not mean social isolation, so I encourage you to look for ways to find conviviality this weekend without gathering and to stay in virtual contact with your family, your friends and your neighbors, “said Fitzgerald.

“If you’re going out and enjoying nature this weekend, do it safely. If you go hiking, do it with people in your bubble. “

Daily provincial briefings will resume on Monday.

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