New Brunswick Public Health announced three new cases of COVID-19 in the Campbellton area, also known as Zone 5, at a press conference on Sunday. All new cases are individuals in their 80s.
This brings the total number of cases in the Campbellton area to 12, said the chief medical officer of health.
The new cases include three people in a long-term care facility near the northern community. Another case, a 70-year-old man who also lives in the health facility, tested positive for the virus on Saturday.
This brings the total number of cases in the care facility to five. Three of the institution’s five cases are hospitalized, including one in intensive care.
An employee of Manoir de la Vallée in the nearby community of Atholville, New Brunswick, also tested positive for the virus earlier this week.
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A hundred people, including 57 residents, could have been exposed to the worker, who was contagious during three shifts in the establishment.
All active cases in the province are in the Campbellton area, also known as Zone 5.
“It is possible that the virus will spread beyond this region because the virus has an incubation period of 14 days,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health for New Brunswick.
The 12 cases are related to a family doctor who contracted the virus in Quebec and did not self-isolate when he returned to New Brunswick. The doctor, who has had contact with around 150 people since his return, has been suspended.
The government is urging people in the Campbellton area and those who have been there in the past two weeks to be tested.
“We have a two-week period ahead of us where we are going to look very carefully at what is going on in this region and also in the province because we know that people have left this region since the moment there was transmission of COVID -19, “said Dr. Russell.
Test sites in Campbellton, Dalhousie
Test sites are located at the Memorial Civic Center in Campbellton and the Dalhousie Inch Arran Ice Palace.
Sunday is the last day of the mass tests. No appointment is required and the tests are available to everyone, whether or not they have symptoms.
Those who get a negative test result should watch for symptoms for the next 14 days. It takes up to 48 hours for the test results to come back.
Until last week, New Brunswick had no active cases of respiratory disease. The 120 people infected since the start of the pandemic in March have recovered.