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New Brunswick is reporting five new cases of COVID-19, including four in Zone 3, where public health has now confirmed 15 cases linked to the Delta Fredericton isolation hotel.

Five are “direct” cases, Department of Health spokesman Bruce Macfarlane said. Ten other cases are direct contacts of previously confirmed cases.

He did not say whether the cases involved staff, isolating clients or regular hotel guests, but said Thursday that at least one case involved an employee.

“Although this is not an outbreak, Public Health has implemented processes at the Delta Fredericton similar to those used by the PROMT (Provincial Rapid Outbreak Management Team) team in an outbreak in a long-term care facility to facilitate risk management processes and testing, ”Macfarlane said in an emailed statement.

Hotel staff, vendors and other staff were tested twice this week, including Thursday.

The Canadian Red Cross continues to coordinate services for guests and with the hotel, Macfarlane said.

The distribution of the five new cases is as follows:

Fredericton area, Zone 3, four cases:

  • Two people 19 years of age or younger
  • A person from 20 to 29 years old
  • A person aged 30 to 39

Three of the cases are contacts of a previously confirmed case and the other is travel-related.

Saint John area, zone 2, one case:

This matter is under investigation.

As of Thursday, 16 people have recovered, bringing the total number of active cases of respiratory disease to 116.

Six patients are hospitalized in New Brunswick, including two in an intensive care unit. Four other patients are hospitalized outside the province.

New Brunswick has recorded 2,045 confirmed cases of COVID since the start of the pandemic. So far, there have been 1,887 recoveries and 41 COVID-related deaths.

A total of 310,906 COVID tests were performed, including 1,362 on Thursday.

As of Friday, 305,997 New Brunswickers had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This represents 44.1%. 100 of the eligible population, aged 12 or over.

36 Horizon employees absent due to Fredericton hospital outbreak

Thirty-six Horizon Health Network employees in the Fredericton area are on leave due to the COVID-19 outbreak at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, the Stan Cassidy Rehabilitation Center and the Veterans Health Unit a spokesperson said on Friday.

Kris McDavid confirmed that staff were absent for “COVID-related reasons”.

The outbreak was declared Thursday after an employee at Chalmers Hospital tested positive for a worrying variant of COVID-19. The three facilities are essentially located on the same campus, McDavid said.

Horizon will not say in what capacity the employee works or even if that person is a healthcare worker or someone else who deals with the public.

Horizon says, “There has been a high risk of exposure in recent days” for the Chalmers Hospital worker who tested positive for a COVID variant of concern. (Joe McDonald / CBC)

“The employee is self-isolating, but there has been a high risk of exposure in recent days,” the regional health authority said in a statement.

“I can’t say more,” McDavid said in an email.

Close contact testing is underway, he said.

McDavid did not immediately respond to questions about how many members of the public may have been exposed to the positive employee.

All three locations have reverted to red level protocols.

Elective surgeries and outpatient appointments are postponed until further notice.

Outpatient appointments for non-urgent professional services, including therapeutic services, blood and sample collection, diagnostic imaging (x-rays), electrodiagnosis and respiratory therapy, are also being postponed.

Visits are limited, with a few exceptions.

Latest exhibition notifications

Public health has identified potential public exposure to the coronavirus at the following locations and dates in the Fredericton area, Zone 3:

Fredericton:

  • Restaurant McDonald’s, 1177, rue Prospect, May 5, at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Restaurant McDonald’s à Walmart, 125 Two Nations Crossing, May 6, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Clinique Brainfix, 56 Avonlea Crt., May 6th.
  • I mean the massage clinic, 152 King Street, May 6.
  • Chiropractic Williams, 169 Main St., 6 from.
  • Centre de construction Simms Home Hardware, 190 King St., at 6 p.m.
  • Costco Gas Bar, 5, boulevard Wayne Squibb, May 6.
  • Experts in massage, 169 Dundonald Street, May 6 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and May 7 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Delta Fredericton, 225 Woodstock Rd., May 6-12.
  • STMR. Restaurant 36 – Delta Fredericton, 225 Woodstock Rd., May 6-12.
  • Pizza Jacks, 379 King Street, May 7, 1 p.m.
  • Mitch Clarke Skate Park, 116 Johnston Ave. May 7, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Garrison Skatepark, York Street parking lot, May 7, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Pub James Joyce, 659 Queen Street, May 7, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Restaurant McDonald’s, 94 Main St., May 7 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and May 8 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Princess Auto, 21 Trinity Ave., May 8, 8 a.m. to noon.
  • Fredericton Public Library, 12 Carleton Street, May 8, 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Northside Market, 170 Main Street, May 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Irving Oil, 181 King Street, May 9, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Dollarama, 5 Trinity Dr., May 9, noon to 2 p.m.
  • NB Alcohol, 18 Trinity Dr., May 9, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Sense of home, 18 Trinity Dr., May 9, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Tim Hortons drive-thru, Regent Street, May 10, 1:30 p.m.
  • Atlantic supermarket, 471 rue Smythe, May 10 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and May 11 from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Dr Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, 700 Priestman St., May 10-11.
  • Stan Cassidy Rehabilitation Center, 800 Priestman St., May 10-11.
  • Veterans Health Unit, 680 Priestman St., May 10 and 11.
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 1040 Prospect Street, May 11, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Lincoln:

  • Scott Nursery, 2192 Route 102, May 8, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Public health offers the COVID-19 test to anyone who has been in a public exhibition area, even if they have no symptoms. Residents can request a test online or call Tele-Care 811 to make an appointment.

Previous exposure notifications

Public health has identified a positive case in a traveler who could have been contagious on May 6 during the following flights:

  • Air Canada Flight 396 – from Edmonton to Toronto, departure at 6:50 a.m.
  • Air Canada Flight 8898 – from Toronto to Moncton, departure at 8:43 p.m.

Public health has identified potential public exposure to the coronavirus at the following locations and dates in the following regions:

Moncton area:

  • Pump house, 5 Orange Ln., Moncton, May 4 between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Staples, 233 Main Street, Moncton, May 5, between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Supercentre Walmart, 477 rue Paul, Dieppe, May 6, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Greek Pizza, 311 Acadie Boulevard, Dieppe, May 7, between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Greek Pizza, 120 Killam Dr., Moncton, May 5 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., May 3 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and May 2 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Greek Pizza, 311 boulevard Acadie, Dieppe, May 4, between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Emergency department of the Dr-Georges-L.-Dumont CHU, 330 University Avenue, Moncton, May 7, 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and May 6, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Saint John area:

  • Foodland, 1 Market Sq., Quispamsis, May 3, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Fredericton area:

  • My home delivery, 5 Acorn Street, Fredericton – May 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sobeys, 1180 Prospect Street, Fredericton, – May 8 between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • Lunar thief, 625 King Avenue, Fredericton – April 28 between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
  • Auto Repair, 156 Greenview Dr., Hanwell – May 6 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. April 30 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. April 29 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and April 28 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. 30
  • Lunar thief, 625 King Street, Fredericton, April 28, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Auto Repair, 156 Greenview Dr., Hanwell, May 6, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., April 30, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 29, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and April 28, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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 greater than 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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