N.L. marks 2 weeks with no new COVID-19 cases

Newfoundland and Labrador has hit two weeks without a new case of COVID-19.

The province’s total caseload remains at 260 with 253 people recovered, three people in hospital and three deaths. There are four active cases in the province. 

As of Thursday’s daily public health update, 10,983 people have been tested across the province — 142 in the last 24 hours.

“Our collective actions have allowed us to reach this point, and the onus is on each of us to keep this momentum going for the foreseeable future,” said Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald on Thursday.

“As we’ve seen in other jurisdictions, and as we’ve seen here at home, this does not mean that we cannot resume daily routines and things we enjoy. Rather, it just means we have to do so a little differently, slowly and with caution so that we do not undermine the advancements we have each worked so hard to achieve.”

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

A Charter challenge and a huge backlog of cancelled surgeries and appointments are some of the ramifications of COVID-19 this week in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

As of Wednesday afternoon’s briefing, the number of active cases stood at four, the lowest since March 20. The province’s total caseload remains 260. There have been three deaths, and 253 people have recovered from their infections.

Three people are hospitalized as a result of the virus, leaving just one known case outside a hospital setting.

Today’s daily update is scheduled for 2 p.m. NT. 

Catching up and court challenges

In a six-week period, 11,500 in-person specialist appointments have been cancelled, according to information provided to CBC News from Eastern Health. 

On Wednesday, Kim Taylor launched a legal challenge against Bill 38, after she was barred from attending her mother’s funeral in early May. The legislation, approved by the provincial government, controls or dictates travel into the province to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Taylor is backed by lawyers John Drover and Rosellen Sullivan — representing the Canadian Civil Liberties Association — who on a pro bono basis have filed a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms application under Section 6, which deals with mobility rights.

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N.L. marks 2 weeks with no new COVID-19 cases

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/covid19-newfoundland-labrador-may-21-1.5578484?cmp=rss
Aggregated from: CBC | Newfoundland and Labrador News

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