Labrador urging residents who recently visited St. John's to get tested for COVID-19

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Labrador health officials on Tuesday urged residents who recently visited St. John's to get tested for COVID-19 even if they don't have symptoms of the disease.

Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health Authority said it will be offering asymptomatic COVID-19 testing at sites across the territory this week. The agency said anyone who recently visited the capital region — which is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak — should get tested.

Last week, the St. John's area reported its worst outbreak since the pandemic began. The province said Tuesday it had 297 active infections, while it reported under 10 cases a few weeks ago. Officials said the St. John's outbreak was linked to a mutation of the novel coronavirus first identified in the United Kingdom.

Health officials reported seven new cases of the disease Tuesday as well as 25 new presumptive cases — all in the eastern health region, which includes St. John's.

Earlier Tuesday, the RCMP reported that a second employee had tested positive for COVID-19. The Mounties said the latest case was identified Monday and, like the first case reported last week, was the result of spread in the community.

The new case involved an employee who had been working from home for several days and who did not have any work contacts, the police said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 16, 2021.

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