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

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

  • an individual 19 and under. This case is a contact of a previous case;
  • an individual 30-39. This case is a contact of a previous case;
  • two people 40-49. Both cases are contacts of a previous case; and
  • an individual 50-59. This case is a contact of a previous case.

The one case in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) is an individual 40-49. The case is travel related.

All six cases are self-isolating.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 1,577. Since yesterday, two people have recovered for a total of 1,432 recoveries. There have been 30 deaths, and the number of active cases is 114. Five patients are hospitalized including one in an intensive care unit. Yesterday, 1,266 tests were conducted for a total of 252,232.

Extended hours for COVID-19 assessment centre in Edmundston and Grand Falls

The COVID-19 assessment centres at the Edmundston Regional Hospital, 275 Hébert Blvd., and the Grand Falls General Hospital, 625 Everard H. Daigle Blvd., will be open extended hours with additional testing capacity. The Edmundston centre will be open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and the Grand Falls centre will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Asymptomatic individuals who wish to be tested and who are NOT supposed to be self-isolating can go online and register or call Tele-Care 811.

Confirmed cases at École Régionale Saint-Basile (Zone 4)

Four additional positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at École Régionale Saint-Basile, bringing the total case number to five, and the school community has been notified. As previously indicated by school staff, students will engage in 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.

Vaccination clinics for staff at high schools

Since March 22, 4,500 high schools provincewide continue to have the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic in one of 16 locations. Schools have been 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.

Vaccination clinics in the Shediac region will be available for staff from the following schools on Monday, March 29:

  • 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

Additional clinics will be held on Tuesday, March 30, for high school staff in the Bathurst and Campbellton regions.

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.

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.