Newfoundland and Labrador reports five new COVID-19 cases, one at rural hospital
Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at LifeLabs after being logged upon receipt at the company's lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting five new cases of COVID-19 today, including one infection involving a health-care worker at a rural hospital.
Four of the cases are in the eastern region of the province, where authorities have been battling an outbreak in the St. John's area.
The fifth case involves a health-care worker at a hospital in St. Anthony, a town of about 2,200 people on Newfoundland's Great Northern Peninsula.
Officials say there are no patients among the worker's close contacts and that a drive-through testing site has opened in the area.
Public health says there are 203 active reported cases of COVID-19 across the province.
Nine people are hospitalized with the disease, including five in intensive care.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 2, 2021.