New Brunswick COVID-19 Summary: Teachers Union Calls on Province to Reconsider In-Person High School Classes

New Brunswick COVID-19 Summary: Teachers Union Calls on Province to Reconsider In-Person High School Classes

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The teachers’ union is asking the province to reconsider postponing full-time in-person classes to high school on Monday because staff are concerned about their safety and not all substitute teachers will be vaccinated.
New Brunswick Teachers’ Federation co-chair Rick Cuming said some teachers were “terrified” of going back to full-time classes due to recent outbreaks of variants.

“While the COVID variant is to be present in most communities, we’re not sure the time is right for everyone to come back face to face,” he said. “We know it’s the best place to educate students, but we’re not sure it’s the safest place at this point.

The province recently said that only “long-term” substitute teachers were included in the first stage of immunization. That leaves out substitute teachers who haven’t been booked for more than 90 days at one location, Cuming said.

“We think they should have been vaccinated,” he said.

Return to classes in person does not include zone 4, which is in the red phase of recovery.

Cuming said he had heard no indication that the planned return to in-person high school classes would be canceled over the weekend.

New Brunswick Teachers’ Federation co-chair Rick Cuming says all high school substitute teachers are unlikely to be vaccinated before high school students return to full-time in-person classes on Monday. (Hadeel Ibrahim / CBC)

But New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health has defended a return to daily face-to-face classes next week, despite concerns about highly transmissible variants of COVID-19, which now affect young adults more seriously.

“We have been working since the start of the pandemic, since the start of the school year, very closely with education in terms of operational planning and we will continue to support them as needed,” Russell said in an interview on Friday with Information Matin Fredericton.

Daily in-person classes resume on Monday after an academic year which, so far, has required most high schools to offer students alternating in-person learning days.

Russell said that whenever there is a new risk of COVID-19, public health works to mitigate it.

Since the in-person classes closed last year, public health has taken many factors into account, Russell said, noting that the negative effects of staying home outweighed the benefits.

“We are balancing all the risks with what has had very negative effects on students from a mental health perspective, an educational perspective and a developmental perspective,” she said. .

Russell said a school will close when cases of COVID-19 emerge.

Cuming said some schools will delay opening a day or two to ensure vaccinated teachers have their full two weeks after vaccination. He said all full-time high school teachers are vaccinated, but that doesn’t stop them from being vectors of the spread.

“Teachers don’t think their concerns have been addressed,” he said. “Teachers are really concerned about safety. “

Cuming said the union is also recommending that the province return all schools in the red zones to full virtual learning.

“The safest method of delivering a program in a red zone is remotely,” he said.

One new death, 8 new cases, case confirmed at daycare

Another person has died from COVID-19 in the province, the second New Brunswicker to die this week from the disease.

In a press release, Public Health said that a person between the ages of 60 and 69 died from COVID-19 in the Edmundston area, zone 4.

The death brings the total number of COVID-related deaths in the province to 32.

Earlier this week, Tuesday, Luc Bélanger died of COVID-19 in the Edmundston area.

At 38, Bélanger was the youngest person to die from COVID-19 in New Brunswick, with the youngest previously recorded death being someone in their 40s.

Luc Bélanger, 38, from Saint-Basile in Zone 4 died of COVID-19 on Tuesday. (Bellavance funeral home / Radio-Canada)

8 new cases in three areas

Eight new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Friday, including six in the Edmundston area, zone 4.

The cases break down as follows:

Moncton area, zone 1, one case:

  • An individual aged 50 to 59. This case is under investigation.

Fredericton area, Zone 3, one case:

  • A person between the ages of 40 and 49. This case is related to travel.

Edmundston region, zone 4, six cases:

  • A person 19 years of age or younger
  • An individual aged 20 to 29
  • An individual aged 30 to 39
  • An individual aged 40 to 49
  • An individual aged 60 to 69
  • An individual aged 80 to 89

Of the six cases in Zone 4, three are under investigation and three are contacts of a previously confirmed case.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 1,694. As of Thursday, 13 people have recovered for a total of 1,521 recoveries.

There have been 32 deaths and the number of active cases is 140. Nineteen patients are hospitalized, including 13 in an intensive care unit. A total of 265,235 cases have been treated, including 1,151 since Thursday’s report.

There are currently 140 active cases in the province. (CBC News)

Case confirmed at Edmundston daycare

A positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed at the Garderie des P’tits Amis in Edmundston, Public Health said in a press release on Friday.

The daycare was closed on Friday and contact tracing is underway, the statement said, and anyone who has been in close contact with the case will be notified by public health. been identified as close contact. ”

Vitalité publishes daily updates on the condition of the Edmundston hospital

Vitalité Health Network has started publishing progress reports on the situation at the Edmundston Regional Hospital. On its website under “news” on the main page, Vitalité notes that the report will be “updated regularly as the situation evolves”.

The report contains information about the number of inpatients, the number of intensive care patients, patient transfers, etc. Friday’s status update contained the following information:

  • Number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients: 12
  • Number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care: 7, all on ventilators
  • Number of patients in the COVID-19 unit: 5
  • Number of intensive care beds: 9
  • Number of COVID-19 patients transferred to another hospital: 2 patients transferred to Fredericton, 1 on April 6 and 1 on April 7.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell urges eligible New Brunswickers to get vaccinated as soon as possible. 4:15

The variant remains the biggest challenge

New Brunswick’s Chief Medical Officer of Health says the UK-native variant is the biggest challenge to date in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Jennifer Russell said the variant is more transmissible and affects younger people with more severe symptoms, requiring more hospitalizations and ICU admissions.

“This variant spreads to contacts of contacts, sometimes before the first cases identified,” Russell said.

As of Thursday, New Brunswick had 119 cases of the variant that originated in the United Kingdom. Of these, 46 people have recovered and 73 cases are still active.

This increase in cases means more people are being asked to self-isolate, with requirements that contacts and contacts of contacts isolate if a variant case is involved.

Russell says it’s a race against time to get everyone in New Brunswick to get their first dose of the vaccine.

The target for the first doses is now June 15, up about two weeks from the earlier deadline of July 1.

But by then, many people are at risk of contracting the variant if there is an outbreak in their area. In the meantime, the vaccine is more likely to prevent hospitalizations, intensive care admissions and deaths.

“There will be people who have COVID-19,” Russell said. “They will hopefully be asymptomatic or very mildly symptomatic.

List of exhibitions

Public health has identified potential public exposure to the virus at the following locations:


  • April 5 at 11 a.m., Shoppers Drug Mart, 160 boul. Hébert.
  • Royal Bank, 48, rue Saint-François
  • March 31 between 12 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – Scotiabank, 75 Canada Rd.
  • March 30 between 12 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – Scotiabank, 75 Canada Rd.
  • March 29 between 8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. – Scotiabank, 75 Canada Rd.
  • March 22 between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. – Sparta Progressive Gym, 113, 44th Avenue D

Saint Jean:

  • April 1, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – YMCA Saint John, 191, boul. Churchill.

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:

  • Fever over 38 C.
  • New cough or worsening chronic cough.
  • 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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