NB: summary of COVID-19: no new case, vaccinations start tomorrow


New Brunswick reported no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday and Saturday, the first group of people in the province will be vaccinated against the virus.
Health Minister Dorothy Shephard says staff have high expectations for the first immunization clinic, which will be held at the Miramichi Regional Hospital.

“There is a little elation, but it’s tempered by knowing that it doesn’t put us, you know, at the end of COVID,” she said.

“Where it’s going to be months, we’re probably not looking for a 60-70 percent vaccination until next September, or so.

“And so we take with cautious anticipation and excitement as we begin on a new path towards COVID recovery. ”

A total of 1,950 people in priority groups are expected to receive their first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine over the weekend.

3,900 more doses are expected to arrive next week, followed by 3,900 more doses the week of January 4, then “regular deliveries” starting the week of January 11, Premier Blaine Higgs said. .

Half of next week’s shipment will be set aside to deliver second doses to recipients this weekend at a clinic Jan. 9-10 in Miramichi. It takes two doses of the Pfizer vaccine to make someone immune to the virus.

The remainder will be used to immunize 975 people, starting with their first dose at an organized clinic in Moncton during the week of December 28.

Nearly 2,000 New Brunswickers will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine this weekend. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press)

Shephard said this weekend’s clinic had been the subject of a lot of planning.

“We are full, everything is in place. We have one person who will also be monitoring the Moncton deployment, because I think every time we do something we learn from it, in every situation with COVID, ”

“So we look forward to a smooth weekend, and we will receive these reports when this is all over. ”

When asked who will be the first person to receive the vaccine on Saturday, she replied that there was a “top three”.

She declined to disclose any more information about the people, other than reiterating that they are members of priority groups.

These are the priority groups that the Government of New Brunswick has identified for the COVID-19 vaccine. (CBC)

On Thursday, Higgs said residents and staff of Shannex from the Miramichi area have been invited to attend, as well as residents and staff from other long-term and adult care facilities in the Miramichi, Moncton areas. and Bathurst.

Shephard said she was not yet sure whether the number of people vaccinated would be included in the daily COVID-19 press release, but she thinks it’s a good idea.

“I think the public wants to know how we’re going and I think we should be able to give them that information. So I would ask and definitely ask, ”she told CBC News.

Vaccine storage accepted

The provincial government “gratefully accepts the kind offer” of an ultra-low temperature freezer from a former New Brunswicker who owns a tuna processing plant in Prince Edward Island, said Friday spokesperson Shawn Berry.

Jason Tompkins, the owner of TNT Tuna, offered last week to loan the government two of his lab-grade freezers for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which must be stored at -80 ° C.

“Regular deliveries” of vaccines are expected to begin the week of Jan. 11, Premier Blaine Higgs said. (Dado Ruvic / Reuters)

The government is taking a freezer “for now,” Berry said. It is being delivered “now” and will be incorporated into the province’s plan to store Pfizer and possibly other vaccines, he said.

“We have been encouraged to see that several offers of this type of assistance have been made here in New Brunswick, and we currently have access to up to 11 freezers available for deployment across the province in support of the vaccination campaign.

52 active cases in the province

There are 52 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, as of Friday. Three people are in the hospital and two of them are in intensive care.

Active cases include: five in Moncton area (zone 1), 14 in Saint John area (zone 2), 14 in Fredericton area (zone 3), 17 in Edmundston area (zone 4) and two in the Bathurst region (Zone 6).

New Brunswick has recorded 573 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic in March. Eight people died and 512 people recovered.

A total of 144,554 tests have been performed to date, including 1,226 on Thursday.

Yellow Christmas for Edmundston still possible

There is only a week to go until Christmas, but many New Brunswickers are still wondering what the celebrations will look like this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The extent of the epidemic at the Edmundston Regional Hospital is still unknown, 37 employees isolating themselves.

The Edmundston region is the only part of the province in the orange phase of recovery.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health, did not rule out the possibility that the Edmundston region could be brought back to the yellow COVID-19 recovery level in time for the holidays. (CBC)

The Orange Phase has tighter restrictions on gatherings and travel to the region.

While Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province’s chief medical officer of health, has said a yellow Christmas may still be possible for the area, the window of opportunity is quickly closing.

She said she was “cautiously optimistic” but that we had to “watch and wait”.

Problems for people with mask exemptions

A Moncton woman said it was always difficult for her or her son to receive services due to her son’s inability to wear a mask.

This comes even after the Moncton area, Zone 1, entered the less restrictive yellow phase of COVID-19 preparedness.

Christine Roberts’ son Jayden has autism and has a medical exemption from the province’s mandatory mask prescription.

She said she took her son out for Christmas shopping, but calling ahead and planning didn’t seem to make her day much easier.

Although some of the room staff were helpful, she had a different experience when she went to the cash register.

Christine Roberts, pictured here with her son Jayden Moore at the Moncton Geekfest in September 2019, says more education is needed on mask exemptions. (Submitted by Christine Roberts)

“When I went to cash in, they absolutely refused,” Roberts said.

“I showed them Jayden was exempt and the mall management letter and government documents, and they didn’t want any of that. ”

Roberts said this had happened in several stores and that even when she was allowed to proceed with her purchase, the extra effort and time was difficult for her and her son.

“At that point, you know, I’m having a hard time holding it together,” Roberts said.

“Jaden is sitting on the ground at this point sort of rocking back and forth.

Roberts said she would like to see more information from the province on who is exempt from wearing a mask.

“Clarify your message,” she said. “Some companies allow exemptions and you know some of them don’t, even though you do.

“We’re not doing anything wrong. We feel like we do it most of the time. I shouldn’t be afraid or worried when I walk into the store. ”

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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