There are nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador on Saturday, but none of them are connected to the cluster in central Newfoundland.
One of the nine cases is located in the central health region, but is linked to travel to Canada.There are also two travel-related cases in the Eastern Health Region, both of men in their 20s and 30s who have traveled to Canada.
Six new cases are reported in the Western Health Region, all considered contacts of an already known case. There are two men and two women under the age of 20, a woman in her twenties or thirties and a man in her sixties.
There are also five suspected cases in the Western region, linked to the positive case reported in the region on Friday.
Saturday’s new cases bring the number of active cases in Newfoundland and Labrador to 100. Five people have also recovered from the virus in the past day, according to public health.
Four people are still hospitalized, one less than the day before. It is not known whether the person who left the hospital was in intensive care, as public health does not reveal the number of people in intensive care if the total number of people hospitalized is less than five.
A total of 154,640 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the province, including 586 since Friday’s update.
Testing continues in central and western regions
Public health says the investigation into the source of the cluster in central Newfoundland is continuing. The number of confirmed cases in the cluster remains at 60. There is also a suspected case related to the cluster, which was found through rapid testing.
Asymptomatic testing continues in the Stephenville area on Saturday, with Western Health asking students and staff at Stephenville Elementary School to get tested for COVID-19 regardless of symptoms.
Stephenville Middle School and Stephenville Elementary School are scheduled to reopen on Monday, after being closed on Friday.
The origin of the positive COVID-19 cases in the city is unclear and public health could not say Friday morning if they are related to travel.
Stephenville Mayor Tom Rose urged residents to keep their contacts low in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, saying the city is taking all precautions against the spread of the virus.
Two positive cases of COVID-19 were also reported to have been reported to Gander, following a Facebook post from the community’s Walmart that two employees had tested positive. The two employees last worked on May 25 and the store is working with public health officials according to the publication.
Elsewhere in Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia has reported 33 new cases of COVID-19 as well as four COVID-related deaths – the highest number of deaths in a single day in over a year. There are 566 active cases.
New Brunswick has reported 10 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of active cases in the province to 143.
Prince Edward Island had not reported a COVID-19 update as of 2:30 p.m. NT. The island has 12 active cases of COVID-19.
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