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Public Health reported a new COVID-related death on Tuesday and identified those considered a priority for laboratory testing during the strike by members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
A person aged 80 to 89 in the Campbellton area, Zone 5, has died “from COVID-19,” according to a statement.

Forty new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, 75 people have recovered, increasing the number of active cases in the province to 470 from 506.

“The increase in vaccination rates, as well as cut-out measures in high-risk areas, are having a positive impact,” Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health, said in a statement. “I encourage everyone to keep up the great work because they are making a difference. “

Although Public Health has implemented contingency plans for the CUPE strike, now on Day 5 this is impacting some areas of the COVID-19 response, including the Moncton lab.

Four priority groups are now being considered to receive polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, testing, he said:

  • Those who work and live in vulnerable settings, such as a hospital, long-term care facility, or shelter
  • Those prioritized by a medical officer of health
  • Anyone who is symptomatic, with priority given to those who are not vaccinated
  • Those who need testing to travel, but without a 72 hour guarantee for test results

The strike affects 22,000 workers in 10 CUPE locals, including healthcare, education, transportation and agriculture, as well as social workers, prison guards, court reporters and staff from WorkSafeNB and New Brunswick community colleges.

On Monday, Public Health said that due to declining COVID-19 testing capacity, it had identified “priority groups” to receive PCR tests to “protect the most vulnerable and support the management of cases and contacts ”.

But he did not provide a list, saying only that “asymptomatic individuals and those not referred by public health for testing may experience delays.”

On Sunday, the government announced that the strike had begun to affect the province’s microbiology laboratory at the Dr-Georges-L-Dumont University Hospital Center in Moncton. Ministry of Health officials have yet to explain the impact on the laboratory.

Saint John examination center closed for as long as CUPE strike lasts

At least one COVID-19 testing site will remain closed for the duration of the strike by members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, while others are operating at reduced capacity.

Saint John’s only COVID-19 assessment center, at 84 Ropewalk Rd., Will not reopen until the strike is over, Horizon Health Network spokesperson Kris McDavid said.

The next nearest Assessment Center is a 45-minute drive away at Gateway Mall in Sussex.

These are the only two assessment centers in the Saint John area, zone 2.

“Limited” testing is available by appointment at three health centers in Zone 2, according to the Horizon website, but the closest of them is also about a 45-minute drive away.

Most of Zone 2 is under a two-week circuit breaker, due to public health concerns over the growing number of infections. It has the highest positivity rate in the province.

“Testing is essential to help reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19 in New Brunswick,” the Horizon website states.

Assessment centers offer appointments for people with symptoms of COVID-19, as well as those who have been referred by public health to be tested for COVID-19.

“While Public Health has implemented emergency plans, CUPE has not accepted the designation of essential workers in COVID-19 services (screening, vaccination clinics, assessment centers, laboratories), putting putting more strain on the health care system, ”the government said. in a press release Monday.

COVID-19 assessment and testing activity is expected to be “significantly affected” this week, he said.

With the Saint John’s COVID-19 Assessment Center at 84 Ropewalk Rd. Closed, the next closest assessment center is in Sussex. (Horizon Health Network)

McDavid could not immediately say how many people the Saint John center tested daily.

Other Zone 2 centers that provide limited COVID-19 testing include:

  • Fundy Health Center in Blacks Harbor
  • Charlotte County Collaborative Wellness Center in St. Stephen
  • Campobello Island Health Center

The Miramichi Assessment Center at 365 Wellington Street in Zone 7 is open but operating at reduced capacity, McDavid said.

He was unable to immediately comment on the condition of Horizon’s other assessment centers in the Moncton area, Zone 1, or the Fredericton area, Zone 3.

Vitalité Health Network, which manages COVID-19 assessment centers, in the Edmundston region, zone 4, the Campbellton region, zone 5, and the Bathurst region, zone 6, said the 12 will remain open throughout the strike.

The strike also affected the Horizon and Vitalité COVID-19 vaccination clinics. They can no longer accept appointments. People have to make an appointment. A list of upcoming clinics is available online.

Breakdown of active cases

Twenty-four people are hospitalized with the virus, including 14 in intensive care, down two from Monday.

Of those hospitalized, 14 are not vaccinated, one is partially vaccinated and nine are fully vaccinated, Public Health said.

Of those in intensive care, 10 are not vaccinated, one is partially vaccinated and three are fully vaccinated.

In total, 85.2 percent of New Brunswickers aged 12 or older are fully vaccinated, up from 85.1 percent on Monday, while 92.7 percent received their first dose, up from 92.6.

Of the 40 new COVID-19 cases confirmed on Tuesday, 27 – or 67.5% – are not vaccinated and 13 – or 32.5% – are fully vaccinated.

The new cases are spread across five of the seven health zones. They understand:

  • Moncton area, zone 1, 14 cases
  • Saint John area, zone 2, nine cases
  • Fredericton area, zone 3, two cases
  • Edmundston region, zone 4, three cases
  • Miramichi region, zone 7, 12 cases

New Brunswick has recorded 6,516 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, with 5,927 recoveries to date and 118 COVID-related deaths.

A total of 528,230 COVID tests have been performed to date.

3 new schools affected by cases

As of Monday, three new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in three previously unaffected schools, according to the COVID-19 dashboard.

Schools include Champlain Heights School, Bayside College and Hammond River Valley Elementary School, all in the Saint John area, zone 2.

Thirty-three schools are currently affected across the province.

A total of 426 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in 118 schools since the start of the school year.

All schools switched to e-learning on Monday due to the CUPE strike. Students will continue to learn from home until the strike is over, the government said.

Atlantic COVID Report

Nova Scotia reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the province’s active case count to 161. There are eight people hospitalized with COVID-19 and none in intensive care.

Prince Edward Island has four active cases and announced the relaxation of some pandemic restrictions during a briefing on Tuesday.

Newfoundland and Labrador reported a three-day total of two new COVID-19 cases on Monday, but the Department of Health warned some information is not available following an apparent cyberattack on the system health care center in the province. The province has 91 active cases and one hospitalized person.

Public exhibition notice

Public Health issued new notices of public display on Tuesday, including a strip club in Saint John, Zone 2.

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 not been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before possible exposure undergo a COVID test, even if they do not have 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.

It can take up to 14 days to test positive after being exposed to COVID-19, so even if their results are negative, they should continue to self-monitor for any symptoms and get tested immediately if they do. develop.

They should also avoid visiting settings where vulnerable populations live, such as nursing homes, correctional facilities and shelters during this 14-day period.

For people who have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before a possible exposure, Public Health recommends monitoring symptoms for 14 days after possible exposure and taking a COVID test if symptoms develop.

They don’t need to isolate themselves while waiting for their test results.

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.

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