N.L. reports 4 new COVID-19 cases, as Lewisporte area enters Alert Level 4

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Sections of the Central Health region are now in Alert Level 4 after the emergence of a COVID-19 cluster in the Lewisporte area. (Katie Breen/CBC - image credit)
Sections of the Central Health region are now in Alert Level 4 after the emergence of a COVID-19 cluster in the Lewisporte area. (Katie Breen/CBC - image credit)
Sections of the Central Health region are now in Alert Level 4 after the emergence of a COVID-19 cluster in the Lewisporte area.
Sections of the Central Health region are now in Alert Level 4 after the emergence of a COVID-19 cluster in the Lewisporte area.(Katie Breen/CBC)

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday, as communities in the Lewisporte area move into Alert Level 4.

Three of the confirmed cases are located in the Central Health region. One of them is travel related, a man in his 60s who travelled within Canada. The other two cases are men in their 20s or 30s, with the source of infection under investigation.

There is also one case in the Western Health region, a woman under the age of 20. The person is a close contact of a previous case.

All cases are now in isolation, and contact tracing is underway, according to public health.

Saturday's numbers bring the number of active cases in the province down to 65, as nine new recoveries were reported.

Four people are in hospital due to COVID-19, and 141,243 people have now been tested for the virus in Newfoundland and Labrador. That's up 332 since Friday's COVID-19 update.

14 presumptive cases in Lewisporte area

After the release of Saturday's COVID-19 numbers, there are now nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the cluster identified in the Lewisporte area. There are also 14 presumptive positive cases in the region.

The outbreak prompted an unexpected Friday media availability with Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, who moved communities from Lewisporte to Summerford into Alert Level 4 beginning Saturday.

According to a tweet from Health Minister John Haggie, 17 communities are subject to the new alert level.

"While all these cases appear to be linked at this time, the source is still under investigation," Fitzgerald told reporters Friday. "This signals to us there is community spread in the area."

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald announced communities from Lewisporte to Summerford would move into Alert Level 4 on Friday.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald announced communities from Lewisporte to Summerford would move into Alert Level 4 on Friday.(Government of Newfoundland and Labrador)

As part of the move into Alert Level 4, Fitzgerald encouraged anyone experiencing even one symptom of the virus to arrange a COVID-19 test. Testing will also expand in the region as community testing centres are being set up in the region.

Fitzgerald said anyone travelling to the Lewisporte area for the long weekend for camping is recommended to stay outdoors as much as possible and keep within their own contacts, while avoiding public places as much as possible.

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