FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government announced that people 75 and older may now schedule an appointment to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine through a regional health authority clinic or by contacting a pharmacy.

Individuals in this age group, or a caregiver or family member calling on their behalf, may continue to book their appointment through a pharmacy if they prefer. They now also have the option to book an appointment to attend a clinic organized by Horizon Health Network or Vitalité Health Network online or by calling 1-833-437-1424.

“The regional health authority clinics have the capacity to take on additional appointments,” said Health Minister Dorothy Shephard. “We are providing this option to make sure everyone who is eligible has the opportunity to be vaccinated in a timely manner.”

10 new cases

Public Health reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 today.

The one case in Zone 1 (Moncton region) is an individual 30-39 and is travel related.

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

  • three people 19 and under;
  • three people 40-49;
  • an individual 50-59; and
  • two people 60-69.

Six of these cases are under investigation and three are contacts of a previously confirmed case.

All 10 cases are self-isolating.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 1,623. Since yesterday, four people have recovered for a total of 1,451 recoveries. There have been 30 deaths, and the number of active cases is 141. Four patients are hospitalized including three in an intensive care unit. Yesterday, 1,750 tests were conducted for a total of 258,067.

“I thank New Brunswickers, especially those who are living in communities that are in the Red level, for their dedication and hard work as we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 in our province,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “No matter how you plan to celebrate Easter this weekend, please show kindness and respect to others by keeping your contacts low, wearing a mask and staying at home away from others if you have symptoms of COVID-19.”

Outbreak over at adult residential facility in Edmundston

Public Health has declared the COVID-19 outbreak is officially over at Manoir Belle Vue, an adult residential facility in Edmundston, in Zone 4.

On Jan. 19, an outbreak was declared following a confirmed COVID-19 case at the facility. Staff and residents of the facility were retested several times to confirm the end of the outbreak, which has been officially declared over by Dr. Kimberley Barker, regional medical officer of health.

Outbreak at a special care home in Zone 4

Following a recent confirmed case of COVID-19, Public Health has declared an outbreak at Foyer St-Jacques, a special care home in Edmundston, in Zone 4.

Members of the Provincial Rapid Outbreak Management Team are on site providing support for residents and the facility’s care team.

Reminder of Yellow and Red levels

Except for the area designated as Red level in Zone 4, all other zones and communities remain in the Yellow level, under the province’s mandatory order.