N.B. COVID-19 Summary: No new cases of virus as province begins recovery phase

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After the sixth consecutive day in which no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in New Brunswick, the provincial government moved Friday to open up the outdoors and allow for a little more movement.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health, stated that testing and contact tracing will continue across the province and that people must continue to practice physical distance and frequent hand washing,

But there will be some changes in the first phase of a recovery plan that the province adopted after weeks of declared emergency restrictions due to respiratory illness.

Premier Blaine Higgs has high hopes that New Brunswickers will soon be able to chat with family members they haven’t seen since the province declared a state of emergency last month due to COVID -19.

“I want people to know there is hope here,” he said in an interview with Friday. Morning Information Fredericton.

The number of active cases in New Brunswick remains at 14. (CBC)

But Higgs was optimistic about the province’s ability to recover and said business and government had learned valuable lessons, including some on rationalization, from their response to the epidemic.

“In a nutshell, this is starting to take advantage of what we like here in New Brunswick about our great outdoors,” he said.

The second phase would be more targeted at businesses, while the third phase would imply that people are closer to each other,

Higgs said no large-scale public gathering would take place before at least the fourth phase.

Many aspects of economic life in the province have been closed and people have been staying mainly at home since March 19, when Higgs declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

The upcoming relaxation of restrictions follows a series of new cases of respiratory disease.

Higgs said the phases would each be linked to increasingly risky activities.

“I want to be able to move forward and not regress,” said Higgs.

As part of the stimulus package, Higgs said the province will still need to keep the borders closed, and suggested that it could even further restrict border movement.

“We need to know exactly where they’re going, why they’re going and if it’s necessary,” said Higgs.

Here is an overview of other developments.

Province wants to bring back elective surgeries

Last month, the Horizon Health and Vitalité health networks reduced access to surgery, except for urgent procedures such as limb surgeries and cancer.

Prime Minister Blaine Higgs said on Friday that he plans to open operating rooms 8 to 12 hours a day and perhaps 24 hours a day, so people don’t have to wait that long for them. procedures delayed by COVD-19.

“We are looking at the whole system to understand what is the backlog created even more because of covid-19.”

Prime Minister does not want residents to pay more tax

Premier Blaine Higgs made it clear on Friday morning that he did not want New Brunswickers to pay more taxes after the COVID-19 outbreak.

“I think the last thing we need for the average citizen and the people who are trying to make a living here is to pay more taxes,” he said.

The province is working with local businesses to help them reopen, while examining their protocol. Higgs also spoke this week with Federal Tourism Minister Mélanie Joly about a tourism package and how to help businesses recover in this particular sector.

April is the first month of the province’s new fiscal year – and it is already experiencing a fiscal deficit.

Higgs has said for weeks that he would worry about the province’s finances after the COVID-19 threat, but conceded that restarting the economy and solving the tax problem the virus leaves behind would be daunting.

Prime Minister Blaine Higgs told business owners this week to start preparing to reopen. He says the province will open in stages while maintaining public health requirements. 9:25 p.m.

He said businesses will have to find a new way of operating in what is “the new normal” after COVID-19, possibly including more working from home.

“At this point, I am not planning new taxes because I do not think it will help our economy to grow. “

What to do in case of symptoms

People affected by COVID-19 can perform a self-assessment on the government website. Symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, new or worsening cough and shortness of breath, as well as sore throat, headache, and runny nose. People with two of these symptoms are encouraged to:

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