“We are facing a serious situation with a new transmission of the virus in New Brunswick. I know it’s a direct relationship between what’s happening in our province and what’s happening across the country in other jurisdictions in terms of the record increase in cases in Canada, the United States; in the world in the UK, in Europe, ”said Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Jennifer Russell.
“Our situation can quickly become very serious if we do not take immediate action to slow the spread of this disease.”23 NEW CASES
The six cases in Zone 1 (Moncton area) are as follows:
a person under 19
a person aged 20 to 29
three people aged 30 to 39
a person aged 60 to 69
The 16 cases in Zone 2 (Saint John area) are as follows:
two people under 19
three people 20 to 29
a person aged 30 to 39
five people 40 to 49
two people 50 to 59
a person aged 60 to 69
two people 80 to 89
One case in Zone 3 (Fredericton area) is an individual aged 30 to 39.
All cases are self-isolated and are under investigation.
“What is happening in our province, with the rapid increase in the number of active cases, shows how fragile our bubble is,” said New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs. “This is a critical time for our province, but we can still turn the tide. We need everyone – employers, businesses and residents – to do what’s right for themselves and for everyone else.
“We know most do comply in public places, but some let their guard down – and that leads to the situation we find ourselves in, but it is not too late,” said Health Minister Dorothy Shephard . “We know what we need to do to remedy the situation.”
CASE IN NB
The number of cases is broken down by the seven health zones of New Brunswick:
Zone 1 – Moncton area: 126 confirmed cases (32 active cases)
Zone 2 – Saint John area: 63 confirmed cases (30 active cases)
Zone 3 – Fredericton area: 81 confirmed cases (7 active cases)
Zone 4 – Edmundston region: 8 confirmed cases
Zone 5 – Campbellton region: 137 confirmed cases
Zone 6 – Bathurst region: 5 confirmed cases (2 active cases)
Zone 7 – Miramichi region: 4 confirmed cases
The province recently announced that residents can take an online self-assessment if they have mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19.
Zones 1 and 2, which stretch from Southfield to Campobello Island, are now in the orange recovery phase.
“To get them back into the yellow phase and keep the rest of the province at that level, we need a renewed commitment to slow the spread of COVID-19 and we need it now,” Russell said. “Everyone should reduce their close contacts to as few as possible.”
Russell noted the unobservable nature of the virus.
“I can assure you that people who transmit COVID-19 do not know they are transmitting COVID. I can assure you that people infected with COVID-19 don’t know they are infected with COVID-19, ”said Russell. “It’s a very subtle and very disheartening type of virus and transmission because it is silent. We don’t know this is happening, but it is happening.
NURSING HOME EPIDEMIC
Public Health declared an outbreak on Friday at Shannex Tucker Hall, a nursing home in Saint John.
On Friday, 421 tests were conducted on the Parkland Shannex campus. At 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, 106 tests were processed from Tucker Hall, with three new positives in that area, for a total of four cases confirmed to date at the facility.
Meanwhile, the microbiology lab continued to process its remaining tests on Saturday.
On Saturday, Public Health identified a positive case in a traveler who could have been contagious on November 07 during the following flights:
Air Canada Flight 0992 – Mexico City to Toronto arrived at 7:20 p.m.
Air Canada flight 8918 – Toronto to Moncton arrived at 11:43 p.m.
Public health is following a process to deal with cases where the public may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. In cases where record keeping can confirm and identify anyone who may have been exposed, managers contact those individuals directly and do not publish a separate announcement. In cases where officials cannot be certain who has been exposed to the virus, public health is issuing a public announcement with the aim of reaching anyone who may have been affected.
COLLECTION OF CONTACT INFORMATION
Controlled places in which seating is offered for the purpose of eating, drinking, socializing, celebrating, celebrating or entertaining are required to keep a record of the names and contact details and times of all persons present.
Keep information in a safe place and not in public view. More information can be found in the collection of names and contact details under the COVID-19 Mandatory Ordinance. A form that businesses can print to help them is also available.
Police and peace officers, as well as Department of Justice and Public Safety public health inspectors and WorkSafe New Brunswick inspectors, are in Zones 1 and 2 to ensure that the rules are followed.
Those who refuse to comply with the provisions of the mandatory ordinance will face penalties.
“We can’t go on as if our caseload is still low – that’s not possible,” Russell said. “They are not lower and there is a significant risk that they will climb higher in the days to come.”
A NOTE ON MASKS
Russell noted that wearing a mask could give residents a false sense of security.
” Once [transmission] it can be very difficult to control yourself without the cooperation of every citizen doing their part, ”said Russell, adding that masks did not guarantee safety. “Just because you wear a mask doesn’t mean you can get close to people. “
VEHICLE TRAFFIC INFORMATION
New Brunswick’s online dashboard includes traffic information for vehicles attempting to enter the New Brunswick border.
On Friday, 1,998 personal vehicles and 1,060 commercial vehicles attempted to cross the province’s border.
Of the vehicles attempting to cross the border, 26 were refused entry, for a refusal rate of 0.9%.