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New Brunswick is reporting 77 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday as the province prepares to move to the winter action plan announced Friday to reduce the spread of the virus.
The new plan’s Level 1 measures include masking outdoors when physical distance cannot be maintained and physical distance in indoor public spaces that do not require proof of vaccination.

Indoor gatherings cannot exceed 20 people.

Retail stores, including malls, salons and spas must either enforce physical distancing or, if they choose not to, they can request proof of vaccination instead.

The new measures will come into effect on Saturday at 11.59 p.m. Other restrictions could also come into effect if cases and hospitalizations continue to increase.

There have been 66 recoveries since the last update from Public Health, bringing the number of active cases in the province to 722.

Fifty-nine people are hospitalized with the virus, including 27 over 60 and one under 19. Of those hospitalized, 16 are in intensive care, and 10 of them are on a ventilator.

“Eighteen of the 51 people hospitalized were initially admitted (for hospitalization) for other reasons and contracted COVID-19 from epidemics at hospitals in Moncton, Saint John and Miramichi,” Public Health wrote in a statement on Saturday.

“Most of those infected now have mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19. “

As of Friday, fifty-five New Brunswick travelers returning from one of the 10 countries affected by restrictions due to the omicron variant are in isolation to reduce the possible spread of the virus.

The province did not update that number on Saturday, nor did it indicate which countries the travelers were returning from.

Fifty-five people who recently traveled from one of 10 countries banned from omicron variants are now in isolation in New Brunswick, Health Minister Dorothy Shephard said in an update on Friday. (Government of New Brunswick / YouTube)

Distribution of new cases

The new cases have been reported in all seven regions of the province.

The distribution of new cases includes:

Moncton area, zone 1 – 12 cases:

  • Five people 19 years of age and under.
  • Two people 20-29.
  • Two people 30-39.
  • One person 40-49.
  • One person 50-59.
  • One person 60-69.

Eight are under investigation and four are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

Saint John area, zone 2 – 22 cases:

  • Nine people aged 19 and under.
  • One person 20-29.
  • Three people 30-39.
  • Two people 40-49.
  • Three people 50-59.
  • Two people 60-69.
  • Two people 70-79.

Nine are under investigation and 13 are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

Fredericton area, zone 3 – 22 cases:

  • 12 people 19 years old and under.
  • Seven people 20-29.
  • Two people 30-39.
  • One person 70-79.

Seventeen are under investigation and five are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

Edmundston region, Zone 4 – 1 case:

This case is under investigation.

Campbellton region, zone 5 – 5 cases:

  • Two people 19 and under.
  • One person 20-29.
  • One person 40-49.
  • One person 50-59.

Two are under investigation and three are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

Bathurst region, Zone 6 – 1 case:

They are the contact of a previously confirmed case.

Miramichi region, zone 7 – 14 cases:

  • Five people 19 years of age and under.
  • One person 30-39.
  • Two people 40-49.
  • Three people 50-59.
  • One person 60-69.
  • One person 70-79.
  • One person 80-89.

Four are under investigation and 10 are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

New Brunswick has recorded 8,680 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the pandemic and 7,825 recoveries.

A total of 566,330 tests have been carried out to date, including 1,364 on Friday.

As of Saturday’s update, 81.9% of eligible New Brunswickers were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unchanged from the last update, and 87.1% had received their first dose, also unchanged .

The province will expand the availability of booster doses next week to include people in their 50s, Dr Jennifer Russell said in a COVID-19 update on Friday.

Booster doses are already available for people over 65 who received their second dose of the vaccine six months ago.

Over the next few weeks, eligibility will be extended to people in their 40s, followed by other New Brunswickers, Russell said.

Notice of public exhibition

The province listed several display notices on Saturday in the Fredericton and Saint John areas.

They understand

Saint John area, zone 2

  • November 28 between 11:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. – Cineplex Cinemas Saint John (175, promenade McAllister, Saint John)
  • November 27 between 6.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. – Station TD (99, rue Station, Saint John)
  • November 27 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – A&W (131, promenade McAllister, Saint John)

Fredericton area, zone 3

  • December 1 between 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. – St. Mary’s Entertainment Center (185 Gabriel Drive, Fredericton)
  • November 28 between 10:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. – Arrogant fox (66, rue Regent, Fredericton)
  • November 28 between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Centre Grant-Harvey (600, chemin Knowledge Park, Fredericton)
  • Nov 27 and 28 between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. – St. Mary’s Entertainment Center (185 Gabriel Drive, Fredericton)
  • November 25 between 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – Fredericton Indoor Pool (79 Carrington Lane, Fredericton)
  • Nov 23, 24, 25 and 26 between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m. – St. Mary’s Entertainment Center (185 Gabriel Drive, Fredericton)

For the full list of public display notices, visit the provincial government website.

People who have not been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before a possible exposure and who have symptoms should undergo a COVID lab test. They can make an appointment online or call Tele-Care 811 and must self-isolate while awaiting the result of their test.

People who are not fully vaccinated and are not showing symptoms are now encouraged to purchase a COVID-19 Rapid Point of Care Test (Rapid POCT) home screening kit. They don’t need to self-isolate if they haven’t been instructed by public health to do so.

All positive point-of-care test results should be confirmed by a laboratory polymerase chain reaction or PCR test.

It can take up to 14 days to test positive after being exposed to COVID-19, so even if the results are negative, people should continue to monitor themselves for any symptoms and get tested immediately. it develops.

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 lab test if symptoms develop.

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

If they don’t have symptoms, they can get a quick test kit and don’t need to self-isolate.

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 said symptoms of the disease included fever above 38 ° C, new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, new onset of fatigue and severe pain. breathing difficulties.

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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