Dr. Jennifer Russell made the announcement in a live update Thursday, where she also announced 30 new cases, the highest number reported in a single day in two months. Of those 30 new cases, 24 are in the Edmundston area, Russell said.
“Just when things seemed to be getting better, the game has changed again and variations are driving that change,” said Russell. “The new strains are really intimidating, they are more contagious and it is difficult to contain cases.”
Edmundston and the Upper Madawaska region are going back two phases in the recovery of COVID-19, going from orange to more severe restrictions in the red phase.
The rest of the region, including Grand Falls, Kedgwick, Saint-Quentin and Saint-Léonard, will remain in the yellow phase for now, as will the rest of the province.
The four-day minimum phase change, which Russell has called a “circuit breaker,” will allow public health to review the results of contact tracing and mass testing underway in Zone 4 to determine the extent of the epidemic.
“Depending on our results, this measure may be extended for a longer period and it may need to be extended to cover the remainder of Zone 4,” said Russell.
Russell acknowledged the hard time of the breaker, noting that it “comes at a time when people are tired” and longs for a return to normalcy.
“I know this is a test for the Edmundston region, which has already undergone our most stringent measures, including a complete lockdown, but it is vital for public safety,” said Russell.
“I directly call on the people of the Edmundston region to stay in their domestic bubble, to wear a mask, to maintain a physical distance of two meters in public and to follow all other public health measures.
In the red phase, residents must stay in a single household bubble, which can be expanded to include caregivers, a family member who needs support, or someone else who needs support.
Masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces and in outdoor public spaces where a physical distance of two meters cannot be maintained. Movement inside and outside the circuit breaker area is not permitted.
A full list of guidelines is posted on the government’s gnb.ca website.
30 new cases, variants feeding the surge in zone 4
There are 30 new cases of COVID-19 in the province, the highest number reported in a single day in two months.
In the Edmundston region, which has 24 of the 30 new cases, the variant is responsible for 62%. 100 of the cases.
The number of cases in that region has doubled and then doubled again in less than two weeks, and there are confirmed cases of community spread, Dr Jennifer Russell said Thursday.
Asked why the outbreak in the Edmundston area is proving so stubborn compared to outbreaks in other areas, Russell noted that “every outbreak is different”, but the variation is a great factor.
Most outbreaks “start with a traveler, whether related to work or not,” she said.
During the outbreak in the Edmundston area, there is more public exposure and “transmission occurs in places where food is consumed”.
Further, she said, “People are tired, they are tired of COVID, especially in this area, where people have been locked up for the past few months. It’s very exhausting.… So we have to dig deep and we do. must work very hard together to bring this epidemic under control. ”
Health Minister Dorothy Shephard noted that the recent outbreak in the Miramichi area, Zone 7, occurred at a time when the whole province was orange.
“So we had less contact and I’m sure that played an important role in containing them,” she said.
The new cases break down as follows:
Saint John area, zone 2, five new cases:
- an individual aged 20 to 29
- two people 30 to 39
- two people 40 to 49
- All of these cases are linked to trips outside the province.
Edmundston region, Zone 4, 24 new cases:
- nine people 19 years of age or younger
- three people 20 to 29
- six people 30 to 39
- two people 40 to 49
- three people 60 to 69
- an individual aged 70 to 79
- Of these 24 cases, 14 are travel-related, nine are contacts of a previous case and one is under investigation.
Bathurst region, zone 6, a new case:
- an individual aged 50 to 59
- This matter is under investigation.
The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 1,546. As of Wednesday, three people have recovered, for a total of 1,426 recoveries.
There have been 30 deaths, three patients are hospitalized and the number of active cases is 89. A total of 248,551 tests have been performed, including 1,120 since Wednesday’s report.
New notification of potential exposure in zone 4
Public health has identified potential public exposure to the coronavirus at the following location in Edmundston:
- Dollarama, 15 Mowin St., March 21-22.
Already on the list of potential exhibitions:
- Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant, 180, boulevard Hébert, March 19 between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
- Center Jean-Daigle, 85, August 15, March 21, during an Edmundston Blizzard hockey game that started at 3 p.m.
- March 22 between 7:45 a.m. and 2:25 p.m. – Burger King (10 Mahsus Ct., Edmundston)
- March 21 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Burger King (10 Mahsus Ct., Edmundston)
- March 20 between 6:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – Burger King (10 Mahsus Ct., Edmundston)
- March 21 between 1pm and 6pm – Superstore (577 Victoria St., Edmundston)
- March 20 between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. – Superstore (577 Victoria St., Edmundston)
- 19 mars entre 17h00 et 21h00 – Superstore (577 Victoria St., Edmundston)
- March 21 between 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. – Pizza Delight (185, boulevard Hébert, Edmundston)
- March 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Pizza Delight (185, boulevard Hébert, Edmundston)
- March 17 between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – Restaurant Poissonnerie Ouellet (350 rue Victoria).
- March 20 between 12 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. – McDonald’s Restaurant (190, boul. Hébert)
What to do if you have a symptom
People who are concerned about having symptoms of COVID-19 can take an online self-assessment test.
Public health says symptoms exhibited 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.
- 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: