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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.

14 new cases / revised case count / AstraZeneca vaccination clinic in Saint John

Public Health reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 today. Health Minister Dorothy Shephard participated in today’s news conference.

COVID-19 vaccine administered by a pharmacist

Pharmacist Ryan Quinn administered a COVID-19 vaccine to Corrie Hudson, 88, at a pharmacy today in Fredericton. Hudson is the first New Brunswicker aged 85 and older to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from a pharmacist.

Move to Yellow level Sunday night / COVID-19 vaccination update / four new cases / walk-in testing available in Zone 7

All zones in the province will move to the updated Yellow level at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, under the province’s mandatory order based on the current situation. Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, participated in today’s media briefing.

Addiction and mental health action plan released

A five-year action plan aimed at addressing the increasing demand for addiction and mental health services was released today by Health Minister Dorothy Shephard. The plan includes new targets and is intended to increase access to specialized services across the province.

Presentation on COVID-19 variants

Dr. Gordon Dow, an infectious disease specialist with Horizon Health Network and a member of New Brunswick’s pandemic task force, delivered a presentation today about COVID-19 variants and their impact on New Brunswick.

U.K. variant identified in New Brunswick / 25 new cases / outbreaks in Zone 4

Three confirmed cases of the COVID-19 United Kingdom variant have been identified in New Brunswick. Premier Blaine Higgs participated in today’s media briefing.

One death reported / 16 new cases / Change to household bubble in Orange level

Public Health confirmed today that an individual between 80 and 89 in Zone 4 (Edmundston region) has died as a result of underlying complications, including COVID-19, bringing the total number of COVID-related deaths in the province to 17. Health Minister Dorothy Shephard participated in the news conference.

32 new cases / outbreak at an adult residential facility in Zone 4 / confirmed cases in schools

Public Health reported 32 new cases of COVID-19 today. Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, participated in today’s media briefing.

23 new cases / vaccination update

Public Health reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 today. Premier Blaine Higgs participated in today’s media briefing.

24 new cases / outbreaks at two adult-residential facilities and a case at Bessborough School in Zone 1

Public Health reported 24 new cases of COVID-19 today. Health Minister Dorothy Shephard participated in the news conference.

Entire province moving to Orange level / 27 new cases of COVID-19 / self-isolation / exposure notification / relief for small businesses

Effective at midnight tonight, the entire province will move to the Orange level under its COVID-19 recovery plan. Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, participated in today’s media briefing.

New Brunswick’s COVID-19 vaccination program

New Brunswick’s COVID-19 vaccination program is now underway at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre for Zone 1 front-line health-care workers. Dr. Renelle Gautreau, family physician at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont UHC, receives her vaccine from nurse practitioner Sylvie Morin.

Zone 2 moving to Yellow

Zone 2 (Saint John region) will move to the Yellow level effective at midnight tonight. Public Health made the recommendation because the growth in new cases has slowed significantly, compliance with Public Health directives has increased, and the testing backlog has been addressed. Health Minister Dorothy Shephard participated in the news conference.