NL to See Increase in COVID Cases with Emergence of New Variant: Fitzgerald

The incidence of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador is expected to spike and with the emergence of the new BA-5 sub-variant of Omicron, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald says hospitalizations are expected to increase as well.

Four new deaths are being reported today, with three hospitalizations and 68 new confirmed cases.

Fitzgerald says the new sub-variant is better at evading the protection provided by vaccines and the immunity provided by previous infections.

Masks remain an effective form of protection against the spread.

That said, Fitzgerald says vaccines remain the best protection against serious illness due to COVID-19 and with that in mind, the province will begin offering second booster doses of the COVID vaccine to anyone 50 plus starting next Wednesday.

Fitzgerald says people may wish to wait until the fall to get their second booster, as doses better designed to fight Omicron are expected to be available. She says people should weigh their own personal risk and make the decision accordingly.

Isolation guidelines of seven days are still in effect for anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

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