Despite the zero number of new cases, Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health, has always urged New Brunswickers to continue to stay at home, exercise physical distance and wash their hands frequently to help slow the spread of the virus.
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“Going as long as we have no new cases is an important achievement, to the extent of very few jurisdictions in the world,” Russell said at the daily press conference.
“We flattened the curve in New Brunswick. But keeping it flat will require continued vigilance, sacrifice and cooperation from everyone in our province. “
Russell said it is now important to maintain provincial border controls to limit the spread of the virus from neighboring jurisdictions.
But even with these precautions and controls in place, she said it is likely that there will be more cases in the weeks and months to come.
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“Just because we haven’t detected new cases doesn’t mean the virus is gone,” said Russell. “Continued success will be measured by how well we respond to new epidemics if they happen. “
Prime Minister Blaine Higgs, who was also present at the press conference, announced the launch of a new virtual job matching platform called JobMatchNB.
According to a press release published by the province, the platform aims to connect New Brunswickers to available positions. Employers can add jobs to the system and they will appear on the site in a few days.
“We need New Brunswickers to step up for New Brunswick to fill these positions,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “By stepping up, you will play an important role in helping your community and the economy of our province.”
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Symptoms may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people may develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and people with serious chronic conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend washing your hands frequently and coughing up your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying at home as much as possible, and keeping two meters away from others if you go out.
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