Public health reported 89 recoveries and 21 new cases, bringing the number of active cases to 521, from 589 on Monday. Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell is thrilled.
“The measures in place are having a positive impact and have put us on the right track,” she said in a statement.
The Campbellton area, Zone 5, had the highest COVID-19 death rate in Canada in the 14 days leading up to October 24, at 35.7 per 100,000 people, according to federal data.
The province had the fourth-highest COVID death rate in the country in the two weeks leading up to Oct. 22, at 4.3 per 100,000, according to Health Canada figures.
The national rate was 1.4 deaths per 100,000.
This month alone, the virus has killed 52 people in New Brunswick. Of the 26 days, only four did not see any reported deaths – on Tuesdays October 12, October 9 and 7.
The Campbellton area is subject to circuit breaker restrictions until at least November 5.
The following areas are subject to circuit breaker restrictions at least until Friday evening, until Public Health determines the situation is more stable: Zone 1, Moncton area, as far north as Sainte-Anne-de -Kent and including Havelock in zone 2; the northern part of Zone 3 of and including Deerville and Florenceville-Bristol, but excluding Hayesville and Parker Ridge; as well as all of zone 4, the Edmundston region.
About 40 people are hospitalized because of the virus, including 14 in intensive care.
Of the hospitalized cases, 20 are not vaccinated, three are partially vaccinated and 17 are fully vaccinated, Public Health said.
Of those in intensive care, 11 are unvaccinated, two are partially vaccinated and one is fully vaccinated.
The new cases are spread across five of the seven health zones.
Of the new cases, 13 – or 61.9% – are not vaccinated and eight – or 38.1% – are fully vaccinated.
Here is the breakdown:
Moncton area, zone 1, two cases:
Both cases are under investigation.
Saint John area, zone 2, 11 cases:
- Five people 19 years of age or younger
- A person from 20 to 29 years old
- Three people 40 to 49
- Two people 50 to 59
All 11 cases are under investigation.
Fredericton area, Zone 3, three cases:
- Two people 19 years or younger
- A person aged 70 to 79
All three cases are under investigation.
Campbellton area, zone 5, four cases:
- Three people 19 years of age or younger
- A person from 80 to 89
All four cases are under investigation.
Miramichi Region, Zone 7, one case:
The case is under investigation.
New Brunswick has recorded 6,206 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, with 5,573 recoveries to date and 111 COVID-related deaths.
A total of 520,718 lab tests have been performed to date, including 2,170 on Monday.
As of Monday, 10,710 rapid test kits were distributed.
Twenty mobile sites in four health zones have been added to “hub” collection points across the province.
A complete list of Horizon Health Network and Vitalité Health Network sites, as well as their hours of operation, is available online.
Province “clarifies” 100% vaccination rate calculations
The New Brunswick government released a statement to “clarify” how it calculates that certain age groups are 100% vaccinated against COVID-19 when it knows “there may still be people” in those age groups that have not been vaccinated.
The COVID-19 dashboard lists people aged 70 to 79 as being 100% fully immunized. It also lists 100 percent of people aged 80 to 84 and 85 and over as having received their first dose of a vaccine.
“There may be several reasons for this,” the government posted on social media on Tuesday.
“The population counts used as the denominator for each age group are based on estimates provided by Statistics Canada. The actual population of this age group may be slightly higher, ”he said.
Additionally, the province has offered COVID-19 vaccines at no cost to anyone in New Brunswick, regardless of citizenship or residency status. It “can inflate the numbers,” the government said.
An accompanying chart shows that the double vaccination rate among those aged 70 to 79 is 98%. The first dose vaccination rate for people aged 80 and over is still 100%.
“We are always encouraged to see that certain age groups show that they have reached 100% of people vaccinated with at least one dose, and we encourage everyone to get vaccinated,” the statement said.
Last Thursday, when asked during the COVID briefing if the dashboard showing that 100% of those vaccinated for certain groups meant that 100% of people in those age groups were actually vaccinated, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell responded, “Based on my understanding. of this information, my interpretation is the same as yours. Yes, that would be 100%, if that’s what the numbers show. “
Health Minister Dorothy Shephard was asked during the COVID briefing last Friday why the dashboard shows 100% vaccination for certain age groups as a number of nursing homes report some people of these age groups did not receive any vaccine.
Shephard said the numbers “could be slightly skewed” if people from other provinces were vaccinated in New Brunswick.
“But we will certainly strive to ensure that there is as much precision as possible,” she said.
“The most important thing,” Shephard said, is for the province to know which nursing home residents are not vaccinated and continue to work with them and their families to get vaccinated as much as possible.
“So we’ll definitely reconcile our stats for you. But I think it’s just a little problem. “
A total of 84 percent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and over are now fully vaccinated, up from 83.9 percent on Monday, while 92.2 percent received at least one dose, which is unchanged.
The province’s goal is to achieve a double dose of at least 90 percent of the total population – not just the eligible population – now that the highly transmissible delta variant is driving the fourth wave.
According to CBC’s vaccine tracking system, 74 percent of the total population is fully vaccinated and 81.3 percent have received a dose.
The other Atlantic provinces all have a higher rate of their total population fully vaccinated, according to the tracker. In Nova Scotia, it’s 76.2%. 100, in Prince Edward Island, 77 p. And in Newfoundland and Labrador, 79.1%.
The national double dose rate for the total population is 73.1%. The single dose rate is 77.4%.
New cases in 2 schools, updated dashboard map
Three new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in two schools, according to the COVID-19 dashboard, which has been updated again to include the names of the schools on the map, rather than just indicating them with an icon .
Schools with new cases are Lou MacNarin School and Champlain School, both in the Moncton area, zone 1, the dashboard indicates.
Thirty-seven schools are currently affected.
A total of 395 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in 108 schools since the start of the school year.
One case was confirmed at Boys and Girls Club of Dieppe in the Moncton area, Zone 1, according to a press release.
People who have been in close contact with a confirmed case will be notified directly by public health or the club for contact tracing, public health said.
Since September 7, 59 learning and child care centers have had confirmed cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases has not been communicated.
Public exhibition notice
Public Health added new public display notices on Tuesday, including an 8,800-seat indoor multisport arena in Moncton and the waiting room for the emergency department at the Miramichi Hospital.
For a complete list of new and previous public display notices, please visit the Government of New Brunswick website.
Public Health recommends that people who have been at a possible public exposure site and who are not fully vaccinated be tested for COVID, even if they are not showing symptoms. They can make an appointment online or call Tele-Care 811.
If they show symptoms, they should self-isolate while waiting for the results.
For fully vaccinated people, Public Health recommends monitoring symptoms for 14 days after possible exposure and taking a COVID test if symptoms develop.
Anyone who has frequented the premises on the dates and times specified should also avoid visiting places with vulnerable populations, such as nursing homes, correctional facilities and shelters, for the next 14 days.
What to do if you have a symptom
People who are concerned about having COVID-19 can take an online self-assessment test.
Public health says symptoms of the disease include fever above 38 ° C, new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, new onset of fatigue and difficulty. respiratory.
In children, symptoms also included purple markings on the fingers and toes.
People with any of these symptoms should stay home, call 811 or their doctor, and follow directions.