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COVID-19 investigation in the Exploits region

Updated: Oct 15, 2021

UPDATED: October 15, 2021

October 14, 2021

Public Service Announcement

COVID-19 investigation in the Exploits region

Central Health would like to update residents on the recent COVID-19 investigations in the Exploits region of Central Newfoundland which began in September 2021. There have been some questions in the community regarding why the alert level did not change in the region at the time of this investigation.

There are 56 people diagnosed with COVID-19 connected to the Bishop’s Falls/Botwood cluster, amongst a group that is closely socially connected or are likely/confirmed contacts of someone who is known to be positive. The fact that this cluster involved people who are linked to each other, unlike some previous investigations where a source was initially unknown, is a primary reason why Public Health has determined that there is no need for a change in alert level at this time.

Anyone who may have been identified as having a potential exposure in a school setting has been contacted. Public health has not advised local schools to make changes to current practices. Public health will continue to monitor the situation closely and respond as necessary. Anyone identified in the investigation has been contacted by Central Health.

As part of the ongoing investigations, Public Health is asking anyone who is a contact of a case, or who is symptomatic to arrange COVID-19 testing. To arrange testing, complete the online self-assessment and referral tool available here or call 811.

Central Health is also offering vaccination clinics in communities across the region. Please click here to see upcoming clinics. For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, please visit


Media contact: Gayle St. Croix

Director, Communications and Government Relations



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