DEER LAKE, N.L. —
A small town in western Newfoundland is asking residents to stay home and businesses to close amid COVID-19 concerns.
The town of Deer Lake, N.L., made the request in a news release on Saturday evening, saying the move was necessary due to rising case numbers in the community.
The release says the town office and arena will be closed until Dec. 7, and asks non-essential businesses to follow suit.
The Deer Lake Library also announced it would be closed until Dec. 7, and the Deer Lake Manor retirement home said it was closed to visitors until further notice.
There are five cases of COVID-19 currently active in the western region of Newfoundland, with two new cases in the area announced Saturday afternoon.
Provincial health authorities say the source of one case in the region is still unknown and under investigation.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020.