N.L. reports record-breaking COVID-19 case count, 194 infections identified

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Health authorities in Newfoundland and Labrador advised the public about updated visitor policies at some health-care and long-term care facilities Tuesday as the province reported another recording-breaking single-day count of COVID-19 cases.

The province reported 194 new infections on Tuesday, and officials said the Eastern Health region continues to report the bulk of new cases, with 154 infections.

They added that other new cases include 15 in the Central Health region, 12 in the Western region and 13 in Labrador-Grenfell.

The province now has 843 active infections.

Amid the surge in cases, health authorities advised that visitation is temporarily suspended on a unit at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's. They said contact tracing is being conducted for all employees, while contact tracing for inpatients has been completed.

"Eastern Health continues to be diligent in its management of this public health emergency," Eastern Health said Tuesday in a release.

"Enhanced cleaning protocols have been implemented and required personal protective equipment protocols for patients on isolation are being followed."

Meanwhile, health authorities said temporary visitor restrictions are now in place at Saint Luke's Homes, St. Patrick’s Mercy Home, Agnes Pratt Home and Caribou Memorial Veteran's Pavilion in St. John's due to possible COVID-19 exposures.

They said it was a temporary measure while it investigates and advised immediate family members to contact the facilities for further information.

They also advised the public to not visit any health-care facility if they feel ill or are symptomatic.

Over 4,100 COVID-19 tests were completed since Monday.

Officials said no one is hospitalized due to the virus.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 28, 2021.

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