NL reports 23 new cases of COVID; 20 of them are linked to the central cluster – fr

NL reports 23 new cases of COVID; 20 of them are linked to the central cluster – fr

Health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador reported 23 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

Twenty of the new cases are linked to the cluster in the central health region, while two are in the east region and one in the west.

The two eastern cases are related to travel to Canada while the western region case is close contact with an earlier case.

The 20 new cases at the center include three people under 20, nine between 20 and 39, four in their fifties, three in their sixties and one over the age of 70. Seven of the cases are women. and 13 are male.

Earlier Sunday, Public Health issued an advisory regarding the Loblaws Pharmacy in Lewisporte, asking anyone who worked or visited the business inside the independent grocery store over the following days and hours to get tested: Wednesday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In addition, anyone who was in the business at the time and exhibits symptoms must self-isolate for 24 hours after symptoms resolve and test negative. Those who do not have symptoms do not have to self-isolate until they test negative, but are asked to watch for symptoms.

Central Health also offers rapid tests to residents of the Lewisporte-Summerford area for anyone with symptoms of COVID. Clinics are at The Salvation Army Church in Lewisporte today from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Monday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anyone wishing for rapid testing does not need an appointment, but is asked to wait in their vehicle until advised to enter. Only people who have had symptoms for less than seven days will receive a rapid test. Those who have not had symptoms in the past seven days will receive the standard COVID test.

There are now 24 confirmed cases associated with the cluster and the source is still under investigation. There are also eight remaining presumptive positive cases linked to the cluster. Presumptive positive cases are not reported as positive until they are confirmed positive.

Public health also advises against traveling in and out of the Lewisporte area to Summerford, except for essential reasons. Residents in the area are reminded to get tested whether or not they show symptoms.

Four people are hospitalized with the virus and there are 87 active cases in the province.


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