The department also confirmed the deaths of two other people. News of one of those deaths – of Cyril Brenton, 60, of Botwood – surfaced over the weekend, as CBC reported. Thirteen people in the province have died from COVID-19 in total. In the first year and a half of the pandemic, the province has recorded seven deaths, but has now had six in the past 16 days.
Eight of the new cases are in Eastern Health Region, 13 in Central Health Region and one in Labrador-Grenfell Health Region, its first since September 17.
An outbreak last month in central Newfoundland has led to an increase in hospitalizations and deaths in recent days. However, the number of active cases in Newfoundland and Labrador has now declined significantly, with the ministry reporting 62 new recoveries since its last update on Friday.
That leaves the province with 69 active cases, about two-thirds of which are in the Central Health area.
The drop in infections prompted the Department of Health on Tuesday to move Twillingate and surrounding communities to Alert Level 2, lowering public health restrictions imposed at the start of the outbreak last month.
None of the cases reported on Tuesday are linked to the three clusters in the Baie Verte, Twillingate and Botwood areas.
Twelve people are hospitalized with the virus, including five in intensive care.
The ministry is also reporting three new suspected positive cases and issuing an exhibit advisory for Dollarama on Hardy Avenue in Grand Falls-Windsor. Anyone at the location on Oct. 3 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. should get tested, the health ministry said.
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