Newfoundland and Labrador reports four new COVID-19 cases, first hospital outbreak

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador health authorities reported four new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as the province's first outbreak at a hospital.

Officials say there are now 287 active reported COVID-19 infections in the province, with 11 people in hospital and five of those in intensive care.

All but five of the province's active infections are in the eastern health region, where public health authorities have been battling an outbreak in the St. John's area.

The regional health authority's chief executive officer said today there is now an outbreak in a surgical unit at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital in St. John’s.

David Diamond did not provide exact numbers, but he said fewer than 10 people are affected by the outbreak.

Public health officials said today the St. John's region will remain at Alert Level 5, but the rest of the province is moving to Alert Level 4, which allows people to expand their close contacts.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 26, 2021.

Sarah Smellie, The Canadian Press