COVID-19 hospitalizations jump by 8 in N.L.

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Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting one death due to COVID-19. (Patrick Butler/Radio-Canada - image credit)
Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting one death due to COVID-19. (Patrick Butler/Radio-Canada - image credit)
Patrick Butler/Radio-Canada
Patrick Butler/Radio-Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting a sharp spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations in its first May update.

Since Friday, the province's hospitalizations have jumped 50 per cent — from 16 on Friday to 24 on Monday. There are three people in critical care, down one since Friday.

The province has also had another death due to COVID-19: a person 80 years old or older in the Western Health region. There have now been 165 COVID-19 deaths in the province, with nearly one-third of those — 54 — reported last month alone.

The Health Department is also reporting 197 new cases since Friday's update: 103 on Saturday, 29 on Sunday and 65 on Monday.

Those numbers, though, are not a true indication of the spread of COVID-19, since the Department of Health is no longer releasing data on how many people are being tested and is restricting PCR testing.

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