New Brunswick’s COVID-19 summary: Premier and medical officer of health provide virus update

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Premier Blaine Higgs and Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health for New Brunswick, speak at a 2:30 p.m. media availability in Fredericton.

Public Health reported six new cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick on Wednesday, including one in Edmundston (zone 4), which had few cases throughout the pandemic, and two in Bathurst.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 119 active cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick, but no one was in the hospital.

Autistic teenager excluded from shops without a mask

A Moncton woman says she is too scared to go out in public with her autistic son, who is exempt from wearing a mask.

Christine Roberts says her 16-year-old son Jayden Moore received a doctor’s note for his exemption because he was diagnosed as functioning moderately to high on the autism spectrum, with a sensory processing disorder and high anxiety.

If forced to wear a mask, Jayden would be down or refuse to leave the house, Roberts said.

“He’ll just stop moving or sit on the floor wherever he is,” she said. “If it’s bad enough, he’ll start to cry.” ”

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)

Roberts said it made her life very difficult because she didn’t drive. She and her son cannot take the bus because the masks are needed.

“I’m scared, I’m anxious and it’s not a virus,” she said. “It’s over having a fine when I can’t afford it.

Masks are required in both indoor and outdoor public spaces during the Orange Phase of COVID-19 recovery, where Moncton is part of the Zone 1 Region Health Zone.

When the Moncton area was not in the orange phase, Jayden Moore was walking around to pass the time. (Submitted by Christine Roberts)

According to the New Brunswick government website, medical exemptions for masks are allowed.

When the Moncton area was in the yellow phase, Roberts would rush into a store and immediately find the manager or staff to advise them of Jayden’s exemption. But it didn’t do much good.

“We’re kind of overwhelmed by every employee. ”

Christine Roberts, a single mother from Moncton, calls on the government to provide more support for families and people with disabilities. (Vanessa Blanch / CBC)

Earlier this week, a Woodstock woman was arrested and charged with obstructing justice after meeting with police after she failed to show proof of a medical exemption from wearing a mask in the store.

An image posted to Facebook on Monday, appearing to show a person being held up by two Woodstock police officers, sparked backlash and controversy over the application of the Orange Phase rules. (John Breau)

Education Minister Dominic Cardy said Morning Information Moncton Wednesday that shop owners are free to insist that masks be worn on their premises

Roberts said she was frustrated and saddened by this.

“It is not the responsibility of business owners to uphold my son’s human rights. This is my government.

Education Minister Dominic Cardy said on Wednesday that stores were free to insist that the masks be worn on their premises. (Presented by the Government of New Brunswick)

She wrote letters to Prime Minister Blaine Higgs and Minister of Health Dorothy Shephard, but received no response.

Roberts said she still hopes she can shop for basic necessities or take her son outside for a walk, just to exercise.

” I really do not know what to do. ”

New Brunswick case numbers as of Wednesday December 2. (CBC News)

A new case at Shannex in Saint John

The results of tests conducted on Tuesday at the Tucker Hall unit at the Shannex Parkland facility in Saint John have been processed and have confirmed a new case of COVID-19 in an employee, Shannex said in a statement on its website Thursday. Web.

The employee has been out of the workplace and has been self-isolating since Nov. 24 for having been in close contact with a previously confirmed case, the statement said.

The test reclassification results for all residents of Tucker Hall were negative.

“Right now, we currently have a total of 16 confirmed cases: 10 residents and five employees at Tucker Hall and one employee at Carleton Hall,” Shannex said in the statement.

He noted that residents who tested positive continue to be cared for in a special area on Simms Court, and that they are in discussions with public health about a new test.

Potential public exposure warnings for Saint John, Moncton, Fredericton

New warning of potential exposure for flight to Moncton

New Brunswick Public Health has identified a positive case in a traveler who could have been contagious on November 28 during the following flights:

  • Air Canada Flight 8372 from Fort McMurray to Calgary, departure at 6:10 am
  • Air Canada Flight 144 Calgary to Toronto, departure 11:15 a.m.
  • Air Canada Flight 8918 from Toronto to Moncton, departure at 8:30 p.m.

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

Saint John area

  • Barrel and kettle November 17, at 112 Prince William Street, 8 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Saint John.
  • 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
  • Restaurant Vito Nov. 16, 111 Hampton Rd., Rothesay, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Cora breakfast and lunch November 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 39 King St., Saint John
  • GoodLife Fitness McAllister Place Nov. 16, noon to 1 p.m. and Nov. 18, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., 519 Westmorland Road ,, Saint John.
  • NBCC Grandview campus November 16, 17 and 18 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., 950 Grandview Avenue, Saint John.
  • Merle Norman cosmetic studio November 19 between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., 47 Clark Rd., Rothesay
  • Big Tide Brewing Company at 47 Princess Street Nov. 16, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saint John.
  • Java Moose at 84 Prince William Street, Nov. 16, 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saint John.

Flights to Saint John:

Public health has identified a positive case in a traveler who could have been contagious November 17 and November 18 on the following flights:

  • Air Canada Flight 8421 November 17-18 from Kelowna to Vancouver, arrival at 8 p.m.
  • Air Canada Flight 314 November 17 and 18 from Vancouver to Montreal, arrival at 7:11 am
  • Air Canada Flight 8792 November 17-18, Montreal to Saint John arrived at 9:22 p.m.

Moncton

  • RD MacLean Co. Ltd. November 16, 17 and 18 at 200 St. George Street, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • GoodLife Fitness November 21 at 555 boulevard Dieppe, Dieppe, between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Flights to Moncton:

  • 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.

Fredericton area

  • The snobbish fox November 18-19, 66 Regent St., 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
  • GoodLife Fitness Fredericton November 18 at 1174 rue Prospect between 10:20 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. November 19 between 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
  • The YMCA of Fredericton November 17th at 570 York Street throughout the evening.

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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