FREDERICTON (GNB) – All zones in the province will move to the updated Yellow level at 11:59 p.m. tonight, under the province’s mandatory order based on the current situation.

“As we transition to Yellow level, we must still remain vigilant especially with the presence of variants that can be transmitted more easily. It is still important to keep your circle of close contacts relatively small and continue to follow public health advice,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “Asymptomatic people who tested negative can still become positive if they happen to have been tested too early during the incubation period. Please get tested again if you develop symptoms.”

An updated Yellow level was recently announced. The changes include:

  • Residents will be allowed to expand their steady 10 to a steady 15 list of contacts. They may visit venues together, including dining out at restaurants.
  • Sports teams will be allowed to play within their league across zones, following their operational plan. Tournaments or larger events within a zone may be permitted, subject to approval of the plan.
  • Formal indoor gatherings will be permitted with an operational plan in place as long as the venue is at 50 per cent capacity or less and physical distance can be maintained.
  • Formal and informal outdoor gatherings of 50 people or fewer will be permitted with physical distancing in place.

A complete list of the updated Yellow level guidelines is available online.

Two new cases

Public Health reported two new cases of COVID-19 today.

The one case in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) is:

  • an individual 30-39 and is travel related.

The one case in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) is:

  • an individual 50-59. This case is linked to a previous case.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 1,455. Since yesterday, two people have recovered for a total of 1,391 recoveries. There have been 28 deaths, and the number of active cases is 35. Three patients are hospitalized and two are in intensive care. Yesterday, 1,181 tests were conducted for a total of 235,059.

Outbreak declared at Edmundston Regional Hospital

Public Health has declared an outbreak at the Edmundston Regional Hospital, following several confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the hospital.

To date, the number of cases related to this outbreak is three health-care workers. Both symptomatic and asymptomatic staff and patients at the hospital are being tested. Contact tracing on confirmed cases is being completed by Public Health. Public Health and the Vitalité Health Network are investigating.

“It is imperative that health-care providers actively self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and stay home when sick, even if symptoms are mild,” said Dr. Russell. “Symptoms that develop after a negative screening test may represent new infection and should never be ignored.”

An outbreak at a hospital is declared whenever there is a single laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 with the potential transmission in the hospital setting.

Visitation to the surgery unit No. 2 has been suspended until further notice.

Update on COVID-19 testing in Zone 7

A total of 2,434 tests of asymptomatic individuals took place over the past three days in Zone 7 (Miramichi region). Both Thursday and Friday’s test results did not identify a positive case; however, not all of Saturday’s test results have been processed