FREDERICTON (GNB) – Public Health reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 today.

The 12 cases in Zone 4 (Edmundston region) are as follows:

  • two people 19 and under. Both cases are contacts of a previous case;
  • an individual 20-29. This case is a contact of a previous case;
  • two people 30-39. Both cases are contacts of a previous case;
  • an individual 40-49. This case is a contact of a previous case;
  • two people 50-59. One case is a contact of a previous case and the other is under investigation; and
  • four people 60-69. Three cases are under investigation and one is a contact of a previous case.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 1,571. Since yesterday, one person has recovered for a total of 1,430 recoveries. There have been 30 deaths, and the number of active cases is 110. Five patients are hospitalized. Yesterday, 1,348 tests were conducted for a total of 250,966.

Two vaccination clinics delayed due to weather forecast

Due to the weather forecast, two of the final vaccination clinics for staff from high schools scheduled for Monday, March 29 in Campbellton and Bathurst will be postponed to Tuesday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The following schools will therefore be closed on Tuesday for the vaccination clinics:

  • Dalhousie Regional High School
  • Sugarloaf Senior High School in Campbellton
  • École Aux Quatre Vents in Dalhousie
  • Polyvalente Roland-Pépin in Campbellton
  • Bathurst High School
  • École Secondaire Népisiguit in Bathurst

The weather forecast is not expected to impact other vaccination clinics planned for Monday, March 29. The following clinics will still be held as originally planned for the following schools:

  • Bonar Law Memorial High School in Rexton
  • École Mgr-Marcel-François-Richard in Saint-Louis de Kent
  • École Clément-Cormier in Bouctouche
  • Polyvalente Louis-J.-Robichaud in Shediac

Any school closures due to poor weather will be announced through the regular communication channels used by the school districts.

Between March 22 and 30, 4,500 staff from high schools provincewide will have the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic in one of 16 locations. Schools are closed to students on the days that local clinics are being held to allow staff to be vaccinated and to plan for the full return to school.

More detailed information about the clinics and registration will be sent directly to the appropriate school staff.

In the coming weeks, additional vaccination clinics will be available for staff in elementary and middle schools, including bus drivers, and for early childhood service providers and child-care staff as part of the large employer section of the vaccine rollout plan.

Confirmed case at École Mgr-Lang (Zone 4)

A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at École Mgr-Lang in Drummond and the school community has been notified. Students, staff and families have been asked to self-isolate until Monday, March 29, as contact tracing is carried out. The school will move to distance learning until Wednesday, April 7.

If you or a family member have been in close contact with a case, you will be notified by Public Health for contact tracing. If you do not hear directly from Public Health, you have not been identified as a close contact.

Exposure notification

Public Health follows a standard process when addressing instances where the public may have been exposed to a case of COVID-19. In cases where record-keeping is able to identify anyone who may have been exposed, officials contact these individuals directly and do not issue a separate announcement. In cases where officials cannot be certain of exactly who may have been exposed to the virus in a given location, Public Health issues an announcement to alert those who could have been affected and provides instructions.

Public Health has identified a series of potential exposures to the virus at the following location in Edmundston:

  • Walmart, 805 Victoria St., on March 17, 18 and 19 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

People who were in this facility during those dates and times should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after their visit. Should any COVID-19 symptoms develop, they are directed to self-isolate and take the self-assessment online or to call 811 to get tested.

Reminder of Yellow and Red levels

The Edmundston area circuit breaker moved to the Red level at 6 p.m. on March 25. All other zones, including the communities outside the circuit breaker in Zone 4, remain in the Yellow level under the province’s mandatory order.