NB: Recap of COVID-19: Travel risks must be examined with 9 new cases reported

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New Brunswick needs to take a closer look at travel as the risk of travel-related COVID-19 cases continues to rise, says the chief medical officer of health.”It’s a little scary situation all around us,” with record breaking COVID-19 numbers daily around the world, said Dr Jennifer Russell.

But she is not recommending that the government restrict essential workers who are exempt from the usual 14-day isolation requirement or that entry into the province be further restricted, she said.

Instead, Public Health plans to “examine” travel within and outside the province and how to make it “as safe as possible.”

“We’ve tried to collect all the information we can in a registry,” Russell said. “We’ve looked at the patterns of travel – who happens daily, who happens in rotation, etc., and again, we’re looking at ways to make it safer and more secure.

Travel has been the main driver of COVID-19 outbreaks in New Brunswick since the pandemic began in March, but the risks of travel-related cases are increasing, she said, as the number of cases in d other jurisdictions are increasing.

“So our job is really, obviously, to limit the ability of COVID to get in here. And then once it happens, limit transmission and keep outbreaks small and short. ”

Last week, Nova Scotia tightened its post-travel isolation requirements after a cluster of new COVID-19 cases were identified in a Halifax neighborhood.

Travelers arriving in Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic provinces must now isolate themselves from family and friends. Otherwise, everyone in the household should also isolate themselves.

Previously, travelers could isolate themselves with family or friends as long as physical distance was ensured and a separate bathroom was used. Other people at home did not need to self-isolate, but had to watch for symptoms of COVID-19.

The change does not affect rotational workers, skilled workers, people who have exceptions to attend a funeral or be with an immediate family member, and people who are exempt from self-isolation under public health order, such as military, police, first responders, truckers and flight crews.

Work on test strategies

Russell said New Brunswick was working with WorkSafeNB to develop screening strategies “for certain workers”.

The province already has testing protocols for workers who travel daily. They are supposed to be tested twice a week.

“We need these workers because we can’t really keep the economy going and we can’t keep some of our… health care services available without these workers,” she said.

British Columbia Premier John Horgan on Wednesday called on the federal government to restrict non-essential travel between provinces during the pandemic.

When asked if this would make his job easier, Russell said New Brunswick has already seen an 80% drop in inbound travelers by discouraging non-essential travel early in the pandemic.

“Compared to a year ago, we actually only have 20% of travelers that we would normally see. And again, many of them are for essential reasons, ”she said.

“Would limiting travel from other parts of the country change our numbers that way? Perhaps. “

9 new cases, including 5 in Moncton

Public health reported nine new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the number of active cases in the province to 40.

Of those 40 cases, more than half are in the Moncton area, Zone 1, with 21 active cases. They include five new cases reported in the Moncton area: three people in their 20s, one 30 to 39 years old and one 40 to 49 year old.

The two cases in the Saint John area, zone 2, include a person aged 20 to 29 and a person aged 30 to 39.

The other two cases include an individual from 30 to 39 in the Fredericton area, zone 3, and one from 50 to 59 in the Bathurst area, zone 6.

The nine cases are self-isolated and are under investigation. There are currently 31 cases under investigation in the province.

Current cases in New Brunswick as of November 18. (CBC News)

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 388 and 342 have recovered. On Wednesday, 111,716 tests were carried out, including 296 on Tuesday.

“We have seen other cases here in New Brunswick, across Canada and around the world, therefore we all need to act like we have the virus” and take precautions to protect ourselves and others, said Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Russell advised residents to limit their number of close contacts, maintain physical distance, wear a mask, stay home if you are ill, and “get tested even if you have mild symptoms.”

Exhibition notice for two Air Canada flights

Public health has identified a positive case in a traveler who could have been contagious on November 15 on the following flights:

  • Air Canada flight 8954 – Winnipeg to Toronto arrived at 8:16 p.m.
  • Air Canada flight 8918 – Toronto to Moncton arrived at 11:43 p.m.

Public health said anyone who has traveled on these flights should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after the flight and, if symptoms of COVID-19 develop, isolate themselves and self-do. online assessment or call 811 to get tested.

Dr. Jennifer Russell advises all New Brunswickers to “pretend we have the virus” by wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, limiting close contact and staying home if you feel unwell. (Mike Heenan / CBC)

What to do if you have a symptom

People who are concerned about having symptoms of COVID-19 can take an online self-report test.

Public health says the symptoms presented by people with COVID-19 include:

  • A fever above 38 C.

  • A new cough or a chronic cough that gets worse.

  • Sore throat.

  • Runny nose.

  • Headache.

  • New onset of fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell.

  • Difficulty in breathing.

In children, symptoms also included purple markings on the fingers and toes.

People with any of these symptoms should:

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