32 new presumptive cases of COVID-19 in N.L.

Newfoundland and Labrador has 32 new presumptive cases of COVID-19, said Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, the province’s chief medical officer of health, at Wednesday’s daily briefing.

One case has been found in the Western Health region of the province, making it the first for the area.

Fitzgerald said the Western Health cases appears to be travel-related. An investigation is ongoing.

The other 31 new presumptive cases are within the Eastern Health region. Fitzgerald said contact tracing is being done.

The province’s cases now number 67, ranging in age from eight to 78 years old.

As of Wednesday, 1,336 people have been tested, with 1,269 confirmed negative.

Premier Dwight Ball announced further measures on Wednesday to prevent the spread of the virus.

Ball said the province will be taking away the driver’s licences of people who break a required self-isolation, in addition to fining them.

“Some of you are simply just not taking this seriously,” Ball said.

“We will explore every opportunity we have to put those measures in place from the current legislation we have.”

This is a breaking news update. A previous version of this story is below.

The daily briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic and its path here in Newfoundland and Labrador is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today.

Premier Dwight Ball, Health Minister John Haggie and Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, the chief medical officer of health, will speak to the public and take reporters’ questions. 

You can watch the briefing on cbc.ca/nl or CBC Newfoundland and Labrador’s Facebook page.

As of Tuesday, the number of cases in N.L. was 35. Four have been confirmed by the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

In total, 1,131 people have been tested. 

The number of restrictions announced by government has ramped up daily. The latest one includes further closures, including private health clinics, with the exception of physicians and nurse practitioners. Clinicians can reopen for emergencies.

Dentists, optometrists, physiotherapists, dietitians, chiropractors, psychologists, registered massage therapists, osteopaths, dental hygienists, acupuncturists and audiologists are expected to close clinics as well.

Central Health testing people in their home

All of the 11 new presumptive cases announced Monday are in the Eastern Health region.

Meanwhile, in the Central Health region, there are two cases of COVID-19.

The health authority says testing sites have been set up in Grand Falls-Windsor and Gander, and they have two mobile units travelling around the region to test people in their homes.

Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador

32 new presumptive cases of COVID-19 in N.L.

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/covid19-janice-fitzgerald-wednesday-march-25-update-1.5509291?cmp=rss
Aggregated from: CBC | Newfoundland and Labrador News

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