Saint-Léonard, Grand Falls, Drummond, New Denmark and Four Falls have been included in the red level, which is the second-highest level in the province, as of midnight.
That means residents must keep a single-household bubble and social gatherings outdoors can only include five people or fewer with masks and physical distancing.
Health Minister Dorothy Shephard and Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, will provide the update at 1 p.m.
The briefing will be streamed on the Global News website.
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