No new cases of COVID-19 / Revised case count20 December 2020
FREDERICTON (GNB) – Public Health is reporting no new cases today and is revising the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in New Brunswick.
Two previously reported cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) had been accounted for in another province. Due to confidentiality, the province where the cases were previously recorded cannot be identified.
As well, two persons previously identified as cases, one in Zone 1 (Moncton region) and one in Zone 6 (Bathurst region), were removed from the confirmed cases of COVID-19 due to the identification of false positive results. The lab is currently working to determine the cause of these false positives. When Public Health evaluates the results of its tests, they consider the epidemiological links and case information to determine the likelihood for these to be positive. In certain rare situations, such as this one, the results were not in keeping with the patient information or the COVID-19 activity in the area, so the samples were retested. The people involved are being informed of their negative result.
The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick now stands at 574 and 520 have recovered. There have been eight deaths. The number of active cases is 45. Three patients are hospitalized of which one is in intensive care. As of today, 145,988 tests have been conducted.
The updated number of cases will be reflected in the provincial COVID-19 dashboard, an online tool that allows New Brunswickers to see data related to the pandemic such as the number of coronavirus tests performed, the number of active cases and the number of hospitalizations. The dashboard is being populated using data provided by regional health authorities, the Department of Health and the Department of Public Safety. The coronavirus page on the GNB website also provides data for health zones, health-care facilities and points of entry for the province.
Zone 4 remains Orange
Zone 4 (Edmundston region) remains at the Orange level under the province’s COVID-19 recovery plan. Orange level rules are available online. Residents are reminded that among the rules at the Orange level are to stick to a one household bubble, maintain two metres of distancing and wear a mask while in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
All other zones in New Brunswick remain at the Yellow level. During this time, Public Health measures and guidelines must still be followed.
To find out the boundaries of each health zone, see the map available at:20-12-20