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Hospitalization seven-day average trending down

A chart was released today showing the COVID-19 hospitalization trends. The seven-day average for hospitalizations is trending down from a week ago, while the number of cases in intensive care units remains roughly the same.

First five- to 11-year-olds vaccinated in province

The first five- to 11-year-old children received the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine today as clinics began across the province. Six-year-old Max Corman of Fredericton was the first New Brunswick child to receive the vaccine, which was administered by nurse Louise Smith.

Pilot project to be launched to help reduce substance use by young people

The provincial government will launch a five-year pilot project starting next fall in several communities to help prevent substance use among young people. As part of the health plan, Health Minister Dorothy Shephard said an overdose prevention site has already been identified at ENSEMBLE’s existing location in Moncton and is expected to be in operation by the end of the ...

New intensive care unit under construction in Fredericton

Work is progressing on construction of a new intensive care unit at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton. Health Minister Dorothy Shephard; Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Jill Green and New Maryland-Sunbury MLA Jeff Carr recently toured the site. From left: Green, Shephard, Carr (back) and Scott Morrison, Director Infrastructure Projects, Horizon Health Network.

New provincial health plan to address long surgical wait times and implement new patient care model.

A successful model of standardized care for surgical patients first introduced at the Chaleur Regional Hospital will be implemented in additional hospitals next year. In photo, Health Minister Dorothy Shephard and Dr. James Wagg, Orthopaedic Surgeon, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Saint John.

Health plan includes initiatives to create a connected system

The provincial government is developing an integrated health system to ensure New Brunswickers have access to timelier and improved care. From left: Health Minister Dorothy Shephard; Local Government and Local Governance Reform Minister Daniel Allain; and Dr. Richard Garceau, microbiologist-infectiologist at the Dr. Georges-L-Dumont University Hospital Centre.

Provincial health plan details services to help seniors stay in their homes

New initiatives that will help seniors stay in their homes for as long as possible are included in the new provincial health-care plan, Stabilizing Health Care: An Urgent Call to Action. From left: Health Minister Dorothy Shephard; Social Development Minister Bruce Fitch; Amanda Betts, owner/operator of Autumn Lee Retirement Home and resident Betty Lloyd.

New health plan outlines path to greater access to primary care services

Patients without a family doctor or nurse practitioner will soon have access to a new primary care network to make sure they have access to primary care services. From left: Health Minister Dorothy Shephard and Dr. Darren Martin, family physician and member of the Moncton Hospital family medicine department.

Rates of new cases and hospitalizations continue to be highest among unvaccinated

The weekly chart, showing the rates of cases and hospitalizations per 100,000 New Brunswickers based on their vaccination status, was released today. The risk of getting COVID-19 and being hospitalized remains far higher among those unvaccinated or partially vaccinated compared to those who are fully vaccinated.

New nurse practitioner clinic opens in Fredericton

A new nurse practitioner clinic aimed at removing New Brunswickers from the wait list for a primary care provider is now officially open in Fredericton. From left: Fredericton-York MLA Ryan Cullins; Dustin Clark, Horizon Health Network; and Michael Clarke, nurse practitioner.

New nurse practitioner clinic opens in Saint John

A new nurse practitioner clinic aimed at removing New Brunswickers from the wait list for a primary care provider is now officially open in Saint John. From left: Jocelyn Beaudoin, nurse practitioner; Health Minister Dorothy Shephard; and Lindsay Munn, licensed practical nurse.

New nurse practitioner clinic opens in Moncton

A new nurse practitioner clinic aimed at removing New Brunswickers from the wait list for a primary care provider is now officially open in Moncton. From left: Local Government and Local Governance Reform Minister Daniel Allain; Lissa LeBlanc, nurse practitioner; and Moncton South MLA Greg Turner.

75 per cent achieved: First phase on path to Green begins at midnight

The province will enter the first phase on the path toward the Green level of the COVID-19 recovery plan, effective as of midnight tonight. Participating in today’s news conference were, from left: Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health; Premier Blaine Higgs and Health Minister Dorothy Shephard.

Update on Phase 1 of the path to Green / second dose vaccination appointments

The provincial government confirmed today that Phase 1 of the path to Green will come into effect once 75 per cent of New Brunswickers have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, participated in today’s news conference.

New Brunswickers encouraged to get first vaccine dose to reach 75 per cent by June 7 / update for those who received AstraZeneca as first dose

Health Minister Dorothy Shephard and Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, encourage anyone 12 or older who has not yet received their first dose of a vaccine to book an appointment now. Shephard participated in today’s news conference.

Path to Green level announced / nine new cases, eight in New Brunswick and one out of province / exposure notifications

The provincial government announced guidelines on May 27 outlining the path toward the Green level of the COVID-19 recovery plan. The plan includes three phases to slowly loosen restrictions, with target dates based on anticipated vaccination rates and low numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations. Premier Blaine Higgs participated in the news conference.

New groups eligible for vaccine / four new cases

The provincial government announced today that people 50 and older may now schedule an appointment online to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine through Vitalité or Horizon health networks or by contacting a participating pharmacy. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy participated in today’s media briefing.

19 new cases / outbreak declared over at special care home in Edmundston

Public Health reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 today. From left: Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health; and Premier Blaine Higgs.

Updated COVID-19 vaccination plan / seven new cases / update on high schools / AstraZeneca vaccination clinics

The provincial government announced updates to its COVID-19 vaccination plan today. Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, participated in today’s news conference.

Premier receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Premier Blaine Higgs received his first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine today at a vaccination clinic held in the main ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Fredericton-Lord Beaverbrook Hotel in Fredericton. Licensed practical nurse Brenda Tree administered the vaccine.