COVID Update from VOCM news

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 7 new deaths and 19 new hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

The current numbers being reported are for the period of February 26 to March 11; of those in hospital, 4 are in critical care.

The highest number in confirmed cases reported on a given day was 26, while the lowest was 5.

This comes as the province marks a significant milestone in life with COVID.

It was March 14, 2020, 3 years ago that Public Health announced its first presumptive positive case, which was detected in a patient that had recently returned from a Caribbean trip.

The number of Lab confirmed cases of influenza in Newfoundland and Labrador bottomed out the end of February.

The provincial government’s weekly influenza report shows no-new Lab confirmed cases of the flu in the 4 weeks leading up to February 25.

Much of what was seen in Australia over the summer, Newfoundland and Labrador saw an early peak in flu cases followed by a steep drop.

Up to Feb 25, there had been a total of 906 Lab confirmed flu cases reported in the province so far this flu season, with 29 deaths, 225 hospitalized, and 28 ICU admissions.

More than half the cases were in people aged 45 and under. Meanwhile, other respiratory illnesses are continuing to circulate in community, including RSV, entero and rhinovirus and adenovirus.