Newfoundland and Labrador confirms 10 new cases of COVID-19 on May 21, including a new cluster in the central health region


ST. JOHN’S – There is a new cluster of COVID-19 cases of unknown origin in central Newfoundland.

On Friday, May 21, the province confirmed 10 new cases of COVID-19. Of these 10 cases, seven cases are currently in the central health region, with only one related to travel to Canada and the remainder of unknown origin.

Related to this cluster of cases in central Newfoundland, there are four presumptive positive cases. Public health is investigating this group of cases in the central region.

Shortly after the province announced the figures, media availability with Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, was scheduled for Friday at 3:45 p.m. It will be broadcast live on the Government of Newfoundland’s YouTube channel. and Labrador and on social media accounts.

Only one case is in the Eastern Health Region, which is linked to travel to Canada. Two more cases are in the Western Health Region, one of which is close contact with an earlier case. The other is under investigation.

Contact tracing is ongoing, Public Health said, and anyone considered to be close contact has been notified of the quarantine.

The ministry is informing the public that the presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in the Western Health Region reported on Saturday, May 15 has since been determined to be a false positive, meaning the individual does not have COVID -19.

To date, 140,911 people have been tested for COVID-19.

The province currently has 70 active cases of COVID-19 and there are four people in hospital due to coronavirus.

Public health is encouraging the public to download the COVID alert to help reduce the spread of the virus.

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