23 new cases of COVID-19 in Netherlands as central Newfoundland cluster grows



Public health is asking people who visited a Lewisporte pharmacy over the course of three days last week to arrange a COVID-19 test after potential exposure. Twenty-three new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Sunday. (John Pike / CBC)

There are 23 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday in Newfoundland and Labrador, the highest number of cases in a single day since February 21.

Twenty of the new cases are located in the central health region and connected to the cluster identified in the Lewisporte region. There are 7 women and 13 men. Three of these cases are under the age of 20, nine are in their twenties or thirties, four in their fifties, three in their sixties and one aged 70 or over.

There are also two cases in the Eastern Health Region, two men in their 20s or 30s who have traveled to Canada.

A woman under the age of 20 has also tested positive in the Western Health Region and is a close contact of a previous case.

There are now 24 confirmed cases in the Lewisporte area cluster, along with eight suspected cases.

The new cases bring the total number of active cases to 87. By region, there are 29 cases in the Eastern region, 41 in the Central region, 16 in the Western region and one in the Eastern region. Labrador-Grenfell.

Due to the increasing number of cases, public health is advising against traveling in or out of the Lewisporte-Summerford area except for essential travel. People living in the area are also strongly encouraged to organize a COVID-19 test, even if symptoms are not visible.

A total of 141,529 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the province, an increase of 286 in the last day.

Four people remain in the hospital because of the virus.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Janice Fitzgerald broke the news of the cluster on Friday and encouraged residents to get tested for COVID-19 if they had even one symptom.

Ahead of Sunday’s case announcement, public health officials issued a press release asking anyone working or visiting the Loblaws Pharmacy inside the grocery store at 252 Main Street in Lewisporte between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. a.m. on Wednesday or Thursday, or between 9 a.m. and noon on Friday to set up a COVID-19 test.

Public health said the possible exposure was discovered as part of its investigation into the cluster.

Those who have visited the pharmacy and are currently exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 must self-isolate for up to 24 hours after symptoms disappear and are given a negative COVID-19 test. People without symptoms should watch for symptoms such as fever, cough, and stuffy nose, but don’t have to self-isolate unless symptoms develop.

Testing begins at Lewisporte

The tests are now available to residents of the Lewisporte communities in Summerford.

Clinics will be held at the Salvation Army Church in Lewisporte from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday. There is no appointment scheduling system in place, with health authorities asking residents to wait in their vehicles until they are advised to come inside for testing.

Those who have symptoms of COVID-19 for less than seven days will receive a rapid test, while those without symptoms will receive a standard test.

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