FREDERICTON (GNB) – Public Health has confirmed that two people, both 80-89, have died as a result of COVID-19, one in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) and one in Zone 4 (Edmundston region). This brings the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the province to 56.

“Marcia and I offer our sincere condolences to the loved ones of these two people,” said Premier Blaine Higgs.

“My heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of these individuals who have passed away,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health.

Public Health reported 68 new cases of COVID-19 and 84 recoveries, bringing the number of active cases to 632. Of the new cases, 58 – or 85 per cent – are not fully vaccinated. There are 40 people hospitalized due to the virus, with 16 in an intensive care unit. No one under the age of 19 is currently hospitalized.

Travel Registration

Anyone entering New Brunswick must pre-register through the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program. This includes New Brunswickers re-entering the province.

As of Sept. 27, Travel Registration has moved to a web-based application. The registration form that was previously required to be emailed as a PDF document has been replaced.

If you are vaccinated and received a temporary multi-use pass prior to Sept. 27, you can now register for a permanent multi-use pass. If you are unvaccinated you must register each time you enter New Brunswick.

Vaccination update

Public Health also reported today that 79.5 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 88.4 per cent have received their first dose of a vaccine.

If you have not yet had your first or second dose, you are asked to go to a walk-in clinic or book an appointment through a participating pharmacy or at a Vitalité or Horizon health network clinic as soon as possible.

All eligible New Brunswickers can book their second-dose appointments for a date that is at least 28 days after their first dose.

Those attending a vaccination clinic are asked to bring their Medicare card, a signed consent form and, for those receiving their second dose, a copy of the record of immunization provided after receiving their first dose.

A list of upcoming mobile and walk-in clinics is available online.

Regional breakdown of new cases

The 22 new cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:

·         nine people 19 and under;

·         two people 20-29;

·         two people 30-39;

·         five people 40-49;

·         three people 50-59; and

·         one person 70-79.

Eleven cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases, eight cases are under investigation and three cases are travel related.

The two new cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are as follows:

·         a person 20-29; and

·         a person 50-59.

Both cases are under investigation.

The 25 new cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are as follows:

·         seven people 19 and under;

·         four people 20-29;

·         five people 30-39;

·         a person 40-49;

·         five people 50-59;

·         two people 70-79; and

·         a person 80-89.

Nineteen cases are under investigation and six are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The 15 new cases in Zone 4 (Edmundston region) are as follows:

·         four people 19 and under;

·         six people 30-39;

·         four people 50-59; and

·         a person 60-69.

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

The three new cases in Zone 5 (Campbellton region) are as follows:

·         a person 19 and under; and

·         two people 20-29.

Two cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and one is under investigation.

The one new case in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) is an individual 20-29. This case is under investigation.

Additional information is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

State of emergency and public health measures in effect

The provincial government reminds New Brunswickers that, based on the current level of COVID-19 hospitalizations, a state of emergency has been reinstated and a mandatory order is now in effect. It includes measures to limit contacts, ensure physical distancing is maintained, and require certain businesses and events to have a vaccination or masking-and-testing workplace policy. Additional details are available online.

Other public health measures remain in place, including the mandatory use of masks in indoor public spaces and the requirement to show proof of full vaccination when accessing certain events, services and businesses.

Additional information about these measures is available online.

Confirmed cases in schools and child-care facilities

Positive cases have been confirmed in schools and child-care facilities in Zones 1 (Moncton region), 2 (Saint John region), 3 (Fredericton region) and 5 (Campbellton region).

The respective school or child-care communities have been notified. If you or a family member have been in close contact with a case, you will be notified by Public Health or the school or facility for contact tracing. If you are not notified directly, you have not been identified as a close contact.

As per New Brunswick’s Healthy and Safe Schools guidelines, schools with cases will close or move to online learning for at least one calendar day to support contact tracing, risk assessments and operational responses. Districts have contacted families directly with specific information regarding any impact on learning, including information on home learning, if required.

Zone 1 (Moncton region) – A positive case was confirmed at École Champlain in Moncton and at Polyvalente Louis-J.-Robichaud in Shediac.

Zone 2 (Saint John region) – A positive case was confirmed at Sussex Elementary School and Apohaqui Elementary School.

Zone 3 (Fredericton region) – A positive case was confirmed at Liverpool Street Elementary School in Fredericton. A positive case was also confirmed at Skyline Acres Recreation After School Program in Fredericton.

Zone 5 (Campbellton region) – A new positive case was confirmed at Dalhousie Regional High School.

Since Sept. 7, 52 schools and 24 early learning and child-care facilities have had confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Potential public exposures

Anyone with symptoms of the virus, as well as anyone who has been at the site of a possible public exposure, is urged to request a test online or call Tele-Care 811 to get an appointment.