Leading NB doc concerned about number of unvaccinated people testing positive for COVID-19 – .

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FREDERICTON – For the second time since the mandatory order was lifted and the pandemic restrictions were removed, New Brunswick has seen a double-digit increase in the number of COVID-19 cases over a two-year baseline days.

Nearly 30 cases were identified on Saturday, when the province entered the green phase of its pandemic recovery, and the province’s top doctor said the majority of recent cases were among those not fully protected.

“I am very concerned in that most of the cases since early July have been in unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health for New Brunswick.

As of Tuesday, 68.1% of the eligible population is fully vaccinated, but the province initially said all restrictions would be lifted when that number reached 75%. The percentage of first doses is now 82.3%.

“I hope that the idea that we still have less than 20 percent of people who are not vaccinated at all, that they will start to rethink that,” Prime Minister Blaine Higgs said, speaking to reporters on Monday. afternoon in Fredericton.

Amid the growing cases in the province and a long list of possible exposure notifications, Dr Russell says they are monitoring the situation very closely.

“These freedoms and this period of transition are something we don’t take lightly, we don’t take for granted,” says Dr. Russell.

“But the trade-off was supposed to be that the population would be 75% vaccinated with at least two doses. “

New Brunswick lifted its mandatory order at 11:59 p.m. Friday night, marking the end of all COVID-related restrictions, however, some continue to maintain mask wear.

“I go to different stores and I’m surprised… how many people still wear a mask,” says opposition health spokesperson JC D’Amours.

“I think it’s a good sign that there are a lot of people out there who want to take that extra step to be safe and stay safe. “

There are now 44 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

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