COVID-19 spreads through Baie Verte nursing home, as NL reports 15 new cases – .

COVID-19 spreads through Baie Verte nursing home, as NL reports 15 new cases – .

Anyone who has visited White Bay Retirement Living in Baie Verte since September 7 is advised to get tested. (Paul Daly/CBC)

Residents of a Baie Verte retirement home are grappling with a COVID-19 outbreak as the province added 15 new cases to its tally on Monday.

Ten of the new cases were identified at White Bay Retirement Living in Baie Verte, according to a press release from the Department of Health. All residents and staff have been tested and asked to quarantine themselves as investigators try to determine how the virus entered the facility, the department said.

In a tweet, Central Health said it offers community testing in Baie Verte and advises anyone who has visited the house since September 7 to get tested. No appointment is necessary, according to the health authority.

There are a total of 11 new cases in the Central Health Region. One case is a contact of already known cases, while 10 are under investigation.

In the Central Health Region, one case is a woman under 40, one case is a woman in her 40s, one case is a woman in her 50s, six are women aged 70 and over and two are men 70 years and over.

Four of the new cases are located in the Eastern health region. All four are linked to national or international travel.

One case is a woman under 20, one is a man in his twenties, one is a woman in his forties and one is a man in his fifties.

The province has reported seven new recoveries since the last COVID-19 update. There are currently 46 active cases, with one person hospitalized.

The ministry says it continues to monitor two Clusters of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador. There are 21 confirmed cases linked to a cluster in the Labrador-Grenfell region as contact tracing continues.

An investigation into a cluster in the Western Health Region is also continuing on Monday, with eight confirmed cases linked to the cluster.

The sources of the two clusters remain under study.

To date, 289,370 tests have been administered in the province, up 3,045 from Friday.

According to the provincial government’s COVID-19 website, nearly 79% of the province’s eligible population received two doses of the vaccine, while 87% received at least one.

The update comes after the provincial government said it would soon be implementing a vaccine passport, as well as the reinstatement of the mask’s mandate, which went into effect on Saturday.

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