8 new cases of COVID-19 in N.L., for highest single-day count in 2 months

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Of the 18 new cases of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador this week, 17 are related to travel, and the source of one is under investigation.  (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press - image credit)
Of the 18 new cases of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador this week, 17 are related to travel, and the source of one is under investigation. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press - image credit)

Newfoundland and Labrador has eight new cases of COVID-19 on Friday — making it the highest number of new cases since Feb. 25.

Seven of the eight cases are related to travel within Canada. The source of the other case is not known at this time and remains under investigation.

That brings the total number of active cases in the province to 33, as there have been two new recoveries since Thursday.

The breakdown is as follows:

  • Three men in the Eastern Health region between the ages of 20 and 30.

  • One man in the Central Health region between the age of 20 and 29.

  • One man in the Central Health region between the age of 40 and 49.

  • One man in the Central Health region between the age of 50 and 50.

  • One man in the Western Health region between the age of 20 and 39.

  • One man in the Western Health region between the age of 40 and 49. This is the case that is under investigation.

Contact tracing by Public Health officials is underway. Anyone considered a close contact has been advised to quarantine.

There are three new presumptive positive cases in the province, one of which is in hospital. Presumptive positive cases are not added to the active case count until they are confirmed to be positive.

'Increased travel' being seen

"While we understand the increase in cases is concerning, it is not unexpected given the epidemiology elsewhere in the country," reads the media release issued by the Department of Health on Friday afternoon.

"We are seeing increased travel into the province recently and encourage those traveling to the province to make themselves aware of the public health guidelines and follow the appropriate isolation protocols."

The release also states that "there is no concern of community spread at this time."

However, it does not explain or clarify why the province is seeing increased travel, given that people still need to apply for an exemption to come to Newfoundland and Labrador, and must isolate for 14 days, unless you are a rotational worker.

Since Monday, there have been 18 new COVID-19 cases in Newfoundland and Labrador. 17 of those have been travel-related, while Friday's case in Western Health the only case where the source is under investigation.

If you've travelled on these flights, get tested

The Health Department says due to Friday's new cases, people who have been on the following flights should call 811 and get tested for COVID-19.

Those flights are:

  • Air Canada Flight 8018 that departed Montreal and arrived in St. John's on Saturday, April 24.

  • Air Canada Flight 7540 that departed Toronto and arrived in Deer Lake on Tuesday, April 27.

  • Air Canada Flight 7540 that departed Toronto and arrived in Deer Lake on Wednesday, April 28.

  • Air Canada Flight 8008 that departed Toronto on Wednesday, April 28 and arrived in Deer Lake on Thursday, April 29.

  • Air Canada Flight 8996 that departed Halifax and arrived in St. John's on Thursday, April 29.

  • Air Canada Flight 7540 that departed Toronto and arrived in Deer Lake on Thursday, April 29.

A full list of who is now eligible to get the vaccine currently is available here and varies by each health authority.

According to the N.L. government's website, 160,402 people in the province have been vaccinated with at least one dose, as of April 28.

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