‘The timing couldn’t be worse’: impact from latest spike in COVID-19 cases felt throughout N.L. – CBC

Province has 127 active cases, with Omicron variant numbers ticking up

Dec 20, 2021

A rising number of COVID-19 cases in parts of Newfoundland and Labrador has put a damper on holiday activities, while people scramble to get their next shot of protection against the virus.

On Monday a walk-in clinic at a pharmacy inside Shoppers Drug Mart on Lemarchant Road in St. John’s saw dozens of people hoping to get their COVID-19 vaccine booster. On Friday the province shifted wait times for a booster to 22 weeks after receiving a second dose of vaccination. It’s a reduction of about four weeks from the previous six-month wait.

In central Newfoundland, the pandemic is rearing its ugly head once again, and Gander Mayor Percy Farwell is reminding residents to follow public health rules.

“The timing couldn’t be worse, obviously. Nobody is delighting in putting restrictions on this time of year,” Farwell told CBC News on Sunday, shortly after another unexpected COVID-19 briefing from provincial government and health officials.

Officials reported 61 new cases on Sunday, with nine confirmed to be the Omicron variant, and 34 more presumed to be the fast-spreading variant. More than half of those new cases are in the central Newfoundland area.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/nl-covid-cases-spike-1.6292314

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