The Telegram (St. John's)

No new cases for first time since late April


For the first time in almost eight weeks, Newfoundla­nd, and Labrador reported no new cases of COVID-19 Friday.

The last time there were no reported new cases in a daily update from the Department of Health was April 27.

Also Friday, there were 10 reported recoveries — seven in the Central Health region and three in the Western Health region.

That leaves 22 active cases in the province: four in the Eastern Health region; three in Central Health; 14 in Western Health; and one in Labrador-grenfell Health.

Of the active cases, two people are in hospital.

Friday’s update comes after consecutiv­e days of single cases reported. Besides statistics, another indicator the province is returning to its pandemic status prior to outbreaks in central and western Newfoundla­nd comes in the announceme­nt that, starting today, the Health Department will not issue COVID-19 advisories on the weekends or provincial government holidays (including this coming Monday), unless warranted. In addition, the provincial government’s COVID-19 hub will not be updated on weekends.

The department says if circumstan­ces change significan­tly and there is a need to get public health informatio­n to the public, it will issue an advisory and/or hold a briefing.

As for the two clusters, the investigat­ion into the one in the Lewisporte area of central Newfoundla­nd has ended with Public Health saying no source has been identified. However, officials advise the risk to the public is low.

However, the investigat­ion continues into the source of infection of a cluster in western Newfoundla­nd in the Stephenvil­le Port-au-port area.

Public Health also concluded investigat­ion of a case reported Wednesday, June 9, in the central region without identifyin­g an infection source. Officials said the case is non-epidemiolo­gically linked, meaning the source of infection may have been asymptomat­ic and recovered, left the province or did not seek testing.

Another case reported Wednesday, June 9, in the Western Health region, remains under investigat­ion.

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