HALIFAX – New Brunswick announced 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to 184.
On Sunday, Health New Brunswick reported four cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region), five cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region), three cases in Zone 4 (Edmundston region), one case in Zone 5 (Campbellton region) and one case in Zone 6 (Bathurst region).
The four cases in zone 2 (Saint John) concern:
- Two people in their thirties
- An individual in his forties
An individual in his 80s
The five cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton) concern:
- Two people 19 years of age or younger
An individual in his twenties
Two people in their thirties
The three cases in zone 4 (Edmundston) concern:
The case of zone 5 (Campbellton) concerns:
The case of zone 6 (Bathurst) concerns:
The New Brunswick government says all cases are self-isolating and investigated.
“The COVID-19 virus is all around us,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “If you have symptoms, get tested and follow public health guidelines and advice. By getting tested and properly isolating ourselves if necessary, we will help protect our health care system and our vaccination rollout plan. ”
UPDATE ON ZONE THREE SCHOOLS (FREDERICTON ZONE)
Three cases were confirmed at Woodstock High School and one at Townsview School in Woodstock on Friday.
The province released an update on Sunday indicating that Townsview School and Woodstock High School in Woodstock will both have operational response days on Monday.
On Monday, students will stay at home while school staff prepare for distance learning. On Tuesday they will start learning from home and continue to learn remotely until at least Friday. The situation will be reassessed at the end of the week and families will be informed by school staff of any impact on learning for the week of January 18-22.
“I understand that this is an extremely stressful time for families and I want to thank everyone for their patience,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “I want to assure everyone that school, district and ward staff are working closely with public health to deal with these situations and keep our schools safe and healthy. We are committed to keeping families informed as the situation evolves and to be part of the collective effort to keep our students and staff safe.
UPDATE ON ZONE FIVE SCHOOLS (CAMPBELLTON REGION)
On Friday, a positive case was confirmed at the Académie Notre-Dame in Dalhousie and another at the Polyvalente Roland-Pépin in Campbellton.
On Sunday, the province announced that operational response plans were being deployed for the two schools. School staff will contact families directly on Sunday regarding any impact on learning.
BETTER THAN RISING FIGURES
Sunday’s tiny numbers are a source of hope for the province, but the daily number of cases could rise further.
“It’s better news than to see the number of cases increase,” says Dr. Russell. “But again, I think we have a lot of time ahead of us, and [we] could still see cases increase. ”
Dr Russell says more than 1,500 people in New Brunswick are currently in isolation.
“Obviously, some of these people who were in close contact with cases are going to be tested on day 10,” says Dr. Russell. “So we will still be waiting for the results of these tests. ”
COVID-19 IN CARE HOMES
Shannex’s Tucker Hall on Saturday reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday evening, including one resident and two employees, bringing the facility’s total number of cases to 24.
Meanwhile, another round of testing at Tucker Hall is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.
People who received their first dose of Pfizer vaccine in December were urged to return to Miramichi over the weekend to receive their second dose.
“It’s slow at first, just because we’re so limited in the small amounts in the doses that we’re going to get of the Pfizer vaccine and Moderna. [vaccine] Russell says. But we have a schedule, and on a weekly basis, we’re going to receive these shipments and immediately do the immunizations for this population. ”
The objective of Public Health was to deliver 1,800 vaccinations on Saturday and Sunday. An updated number will be provided on Monday.
NEW TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
Students traveling to New Brunswick from other provinces (due to formal custody or care arrangements) must now take weekly COVID-19 tests.
The Government of New Brunswick says this also applies to kindergarten to grade eight students living in Quebec or Nova Scotia who are studying in New Brunswick.
The state of emergency, first proclaimed on March 19, 2020, was revised on Friday. It stays in place.
From Sunday, the whole province remains at the orange level of recovery.
DISTRIBUTION OF CASES
New Brunswick has recorded 779 cumulative cases of COVID-19. 585 have recovered and there have been nine deaths.
New Brunswick performed 162,098 tests on Sunday.
The number of cases is broken down by the seven health zones of New Brunswick:
- Zone 1 – Moncton area: 200 total confirmed cases (47 active cases)
Zone 2 – Saint John area: 167 total (37 active cases)
Zone 3 – Fredericton area: 179 total (59 active cases)
Zone 4 – Edmundston region: 53 in total (19 active cases)
Zone 5 – Campbellton region: 159 total (21 active cases)
Zone 6 – Bathurst region: 15 in total (1 active case)
Zone 7 – Miramichi Region: 6 in total (0 active cases)
VEHICLE TRAFFIC INFORMATION
New Brunswick’s online dashboard includes traffic information for vehicles attempting to enter the province.
On Saturday, 778 personal vehicles and 730 commercial vehicles attempted to cross the border into the province.
Of the vehicles attempting to cross the border, 24 were refused entry, for a refusal rate of 1.6%.