Education and Early Childhood Development
Province reaches 75.8 per cent fully vaccinated with hospitalizations remaining low03 September 2021
FREDERICTON (GNB) – Public Health reported today that 75.8 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 84.9 per cent have received their first dose of a vaccine. There are three people hospitalized due to the virus, with two in an intensive care unit.
Public Health also reported that more than 2,400 doses of vaccine were administered across the province yesterday, including 900 first doses.
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.
Update on early learning and child-care facilities
Starting Tuesday, Sept. 7, staff and children aged two and older at early learning and child-care facilities will be required to wear masks in common indoor areas and when they are using transportation services offered by the facility, such as busing or vans. This means that these children will be required to bring two clean face masks with them every day.
These changes are included in an update to the Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases in Early Learning and Child Care Facilities, which offers a new appendix specific to COVID-19.
The update strongly encourages the vaccination of staff and requires early learning and child-care facilities to keep visitors logs and to prepare procedures to manage outbreaks. This guidance was developed through ongoing collaboration with Public Health and supports protocols currently used by licensed child-care facilities. The full document is available online.
“These changes will help protect New Brunswick’s youngest learners as we learn to live with COVID-19,” said Education and Early Childhood Development minister Dominic Cardy. “While we wait for vaccinations to become available for children under 12, we continue to count on communities to help keep children healthy and safe. We strongly encourage everyone who is able to be vaccinated to do so, especially educators and other staff working with young children.”
Outbreak declared at Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Joseph de Saint-Quentin
Public Health has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Joseph de Saint-Quentin following confirmation of two positive cases of COVID-19 at the hospital. Public Health and the Vitalité Health Network are investigating but the risk to the public is considered low.
Nine new recoveries
Public Health reported nine new recoveries and 14 new cases today. The total number of active cases is 126.
The six cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:
- a person 19 and under;
- a person 30-39;
- two people 40-49;
- a person 50-59; and
- a person 60-69.
Four cases are under investigation and two are contacts of a previously confirmed case.
The two cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are as follows:
- a person 19 and under; and
- a person 20-29.
Both cases are travel related.
The one case in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) is a person 40-49 and is a contact of a previously confirmed case.
The three cases in Zone 4 (Edmundston region) are as follows:
- a person 19 and under;
- a person 20-29; and
- a person 30-39.
All three of these cases are contacts of a previously confirmed case.
The one case in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) is a person 19 and under and is a contact of a previously confirmed case.
The one case in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) is a person 50-59 and is travel related.
Additional information is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.
Potential public exposures