6 new cases of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador as the whole province returns to alert level 2 – –

6 new cases of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador as the whole province returns to alert level 2 – –

As of Saturday, six new cases of COVID-19 are reported in Newfoundland and Labrador. (Lindsay Bird/CBC)

Newfoundland and Labrador reported six new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, as all health regions in the province are now back to alert level 2.

Five of the six cases are located in the Western Health Region and are linked to the cluster linked to the Stephenville area. They are a man in his forties, who is close contact with a previous case, and four men under the age of 20, who are also close contacts of already known cases.

There is also a new confirmed case in the Central Health Region, a man under the age of 20, linked to travel to Canada.

The province is also reporting 20 new recoveries of COVID-19 since Friday, pushing the number of active cases in Newfoundland and Labrador to 40 – the lowest number of active cases since May 1.

Fourteen of the 20 recoveries are in the western region, as well as four in the central region and two in the eastern region.

No one is hospitalized with COVID-19, and a total of 153,712 people have now been tested for the virus. That’s made 803 more tests since Friday’s COVID-19 update.

Several communities in the Western Newfoundland and Labrador Health Region are now back to Alert Level 2 on Saturday. (SRC)

As of 12:01 am Saturday, all regions of Newfoundland and Labrador have now returned to Alert Level 2 of the province’s pandemic plan.

Communities in the Western Health Region, including St. George’s, Stephenville, Stephenville Crossing, Port au Port East, all towns on the Port au Port Peninsula, and towns and communities along routes 403, 460, 461, 462, 463 and 490 moved to Alert Level 4 on May 30 due to a cluster of cases of unknown origin.

Although the source of the cluster has not been found, health officials say the risk to the public is low.

Including the new cases on Saturday, there are 41 confirmed cases linked to the cluster in the region.

There are also 69 confirmed cases linked to a cluster in the central region, as well as two probable cases.

Investigations into the origin of the two clusters are continuing, according to public health.

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