NB COVID-19 Roundup: 8 new cases reported, pz

Eight new cases of the new coronavirus were reported in the province on Friday, including four in zone 4, the Edmundston region, where a grocery store employee tested positive.

Loblaw confirmed Friday that an employee at the chain’s Atlantic Superstore store in Edmundston had tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee’s last day of work was November 26.

Loblaw said team members who have worked closely with this person are at home in isolation, monitoring for symptoms.

The store works with New Brunswick Public Health to ensure the safety of its customers, including tracking cleaning and disinfection measures in the store and notifying anyone who may have come into contact with the employee, said Loblaw.

The Edmundston region has recorded 13 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including five reported this week.

The four new cases reported Friday in the Edmundston area include three people 19 years of age or younger and one adult in their 40s.

Zone 2, the Saint John area, had two more cases, one in their 50s and another in their 60s.

Zones 1 and 3, respectively the Moncton and Fredericton regions, each reported a single new case. The Moncton case is a person in their thirties, and the Fredericton case is a person in their sixties.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in New Brunswick to date is now 528. There have been eight recoveries since Thursday, so the number of active cases is 111.

There have been 1,686 tests performed since this time on Thursday, bringing the total number of tests to 131,656. Seven people have died and no one is in hospital.

Public Health did not hold a press conference on Friday.

Sandra Magalhaes, a senior researcher at the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training at UNB, says research on vulnerable groups should help government and communities plan. (Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center)

Researchers say northern province is at risk

Researchers at the University of New Brunswick say people living in the north of the province are more vulnerable to the negative consequences of COVID-19.

Researchers looked at risk indicators for COVID-19 that could aid community planning and recovery efforts, said Sandra Magalhaes, a senior researcher at the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training at the ‘A B.

“The goal was really to increase awareness of our research so that we could dialogue with different groups to identify their priorities,” said Magalhaes.

The researchers made three discoveries:

  • Nearly one in five adults in northern New Brunswick has two or more relevant health conditions that increase the risk of negative results from COVID-19.
  • In northern New Brunswick, there is a greater proportion of people who have been hospitalized with a mental health problem over the past 10 years.
  • People over 65 live alone in 20 to 22 percent of homes, compared to about 15 percent in the urban cores of Fredericton and Moncton.

Magalhaes said that for older people living alone during the pandemic can lead to feelings of social isolation and difficulty accessing essential services as the rules of physical distancing continue.

In southern New Brunswick, such isolation was less common, although Minto, about 50 kilometers northeast of Fredericton, also has a large proportion of seniors living alone.

The researchers also looked at people with existing health issues, including mental health issues.

“As we prepare for the coming months, we aim to understand which groups may be more vulnerable to the negative physical consequences of COVID-19 and therefore may require additional resources and support during these difficult times.

Magalhaes said more information should help the government better allocate money to areas where help is needed most. It will also help the two regional health authorities and community organizations to plan.

The second part of this report is expected to be published in early 2021.

Premier Blaine Higgs and Dr. Jennifer Russell explain what New Brunswickers can do to get a Yellow Christmas. 3:30 p.m.

Mask exemption protocols are unclear for people with disabilities

The chairman of the Prime Minister’s Council on Persons with Disabilities says he is trying to clarify protocols for people who receive medical exemptions from mandatory mask rules.

Randy Dickinson was responding to concerns expressed by a Moncton mother on Friday who was refused entry to her local grocery store while accompanied by her 16-year-old son Jayden Moore, who was exempted from wearing a mask .

Earlier this week, Christine Roberts said Jayden received a doctor’s note for an exemption because he was diagnosed as functioning moderately to high on the autism spectrum, with a sensory processing disorder and an high anxiety.

Christine Roberts and her son Jayden Moore, seen here at Geekfest in Moncton last fall, are struggling because store owners refuse to let the 16-year-old into their business, even though he’s medically exempt from wearing a mask. (Submitted by Christine Roberts)

Dickinson said he was struggling to get clear information about the mask exemption on behalf of people with disabilities and their caregivers.

“There is no clear protocol I can find to let people know how they go about confirming that they are eligible for the so-called exemption and more importantly when people are in. displacement in the community, ”he said.

Randy Dickinson, chairman of the Premier’s Council on Disability, says he has struggled to get clear information on what mask-waived people should do to show it. (Soumis / Randy Dickinson)

“Should there be some sort of ID card or something they could take in their wallet?” ”

Dickinson said he plans to pursue the issue further with New Brunswick Health Minister Dorothy Shephard.

He is also calling on neighbors and family members to do what they can to support people with disabilities during the pandemic, such as offering them to do grocery shopping or providing respite care.

Rethinking orange

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell said officials will conduct a risk assessment for the Fredericton and Moncton areas on Sunday to determine if they can transition to the less restrictive yellow phase, where four health zones meet. already find.

She wasn’t sure if an announcement would be made on Sunday.

Caveats regarding potential public display for Saint John, Moncton

Public Health has warned of the following possible exposures to the virus in the Saint John and Moncton areas, including gyms, stores, bars, restaurants and thefts.

Saint John area

  • Churchill Pub November 20, 8 Grannan Street, 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saint John.
  • Picarons November 21, 30 Canterbury Street, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saint John.
  • Restaurant de Thandi November 21 from 7:30 to 9:33 p.m. Canterbury Street, Saint John
  • Merle Norman cosmetic studio November 19 between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., 47 Clark Rd., Rothesay


  • GoodLife Fitness November 21 at 555 boulevard Dieppe, Dieppe, between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Flights to Moncton:

  • Air Canada Flight 8372 sure Nov 28 from Fort McMurray to Calgary, departure at 6:10 am
  • Air Canada Flight 144 sure November 28 Calgary to Toronto, departure 11:15 a.m.
  • Air Canada Flight 8918 sure November 28 from Toronto to Moncton, departure at 8:30 p.m.
  • Air Canada Flight 178 November 19 from Edmonton to Toronto, arriving at 5:58 a.m.
  • Air Canada Flight 404 November 19 from Toronto to Montreal, arriving 10:16 a.m.
  • Air Canada Flight 8902 November 19 from Montreal to Moncton, arriving 4:17 p.m.

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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