There are currently 223 active cases in the state
Newfoundland and Labrador will all be switched to alert level 3 from midnight as the number of COVID 19 cases in the state continues to skyrocket. Chief Medical Officer of the Medical Officer of Health at a media briefing on Wednesday morning.
Janice Fitzgerald said 60 new cases of the virus have been discovered since the update on Tuesday-all under investigation.
This is the second highest number of new cases the state has seen in a day, with the state’s active cases increasing from 30 to 223 in just one week.
This is the number of most active cases in N.L. From mid-February. Fitzgerald stated that 37 new cases are in the eastern health area, 10 in the central health area, 12 in the western area, and one in the Labrador Grenfell health area.
According to Fitzgerald, there are currently active outbreaks in the western, central and eastern parts of the island, and health officials expect the numbers to continue to grow given the infectivity of the Omicron variant.
“I’m worried that seeing a serious illness could overwhelm the already tense healthcare system,” she said. “We are withdrawing healthcare workers from other areas to work on COVID response and cannot risk increased hospitalization.”
There are 12 new recoveries and no one in the hospital from COVID 19. With tests in full swing in all regions, 3,458 swabs have been completed in the last 24 hours.
Fitzgerald said the government’s continued response to the pandemic for nearly two years was not in vain.
“The last thing we want is to make people think that the work we have done in the last two years is useless. Compared to other jurisdictions, we prefer most of it. We have benefited from epidemiology and very few restrictions, “Fitzgerald said.
“But the most important thing is that we saved lives. Today we have to face things as they are, not as we want. We will reassess our position on January 10th to see if we can change the alert level. “
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