A week after Newfoundland and Labrador’s public health department lifted nearly all public health restrictions, the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 has risen to an all-time high.
According to the latest information posted on the government’s new digital COVID-19 hub on Monday, 31 people are hospitalized due to the virus.
Three of those people are in intensive care.
dr. Janice Fitzgerald, Chief Medical Officer of Health, has said the health care system can handle between 40 and 60 COVID-19 hospitalizations at a time.
Also, two more people have died since Friday, which is the last time the website was updated.
They bring the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the Netherlands to 87.
Public Health has also reported 1,222 new cases – 449 on both Saturday and Sunday and 324 on Monday.
However, those numbers do not accurately reflect the state of the virus in the province. According to the government, it is no longer possible to follow the spread of the most contagious variants of the corona virus.
Late Thursday afternoon, public health announced it would move away from PCR testing, limiting it to only the most vulnerable cases.
Fitzgerald said it’s time for labs to refocus, saying the move was necessary to get the county’s health care system back to normal.
On Friday, she said Public Health focuses on preventing the spread among vulnerable populations.