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

The two cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are as follows:

  • Two people 40-49. Both cases are under investigation.

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

  • An individual 19 and under;
  • An individual 20-29;
  • Two people 40-49;
  • An individual 50-59;
  • An individual 60-69; and
  • An individual 70-79.

All but two of the cases are contacts of a previously confirmed case. The other two are under investigation.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 1,641. Since yesterday, three people have recovered for a total of 1,457 recoveries. There have been 30 deaths, and the number of active cases is 153. Fourteen patients are hospitalized including six in an intensive care unit. Yesterday, 980 tests were conducted for a total of 260,393.

“With the increasing number of COVID-19 patients being admitted to hospitals and intensive care units, and while it is consistent with the UK variant and what other provinces have been recently experiencing, it is very concerning and thus imperative that we maintain vigilant until all New Brunswickers are vaccinated,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health.

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 potential public exposure to the virus at the Scotiabank at 75 Canada Rd. in Edmundston on the following dates and times:

  • March 29 between 8:45 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;
  • March 30 between 12:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; and
  • March 31 between 12:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Outbreak at a special care home in Zone 4

Following one recent confirmed case of COVID-19, Public Health has declared an outbreak at Résidence Rolande Long, 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.

Holiday guidance reminder

Public Health is reminding New Brunswickers how to plan for a safe and enjoyable Easter Weekend.

Everyone should continue to follow public health guidelines, even those who have received one or both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Wear a mask, wash your hands and keep practising physical distancing.

  • For those in the Red level of Zone 4, stick to your one household bubble.
  • For those zones in the Yellow level, keep your close contacts to a minimum and celebrate within your Steady 15.
  • Anyone who is sick or has any COVID-19 symptoms should not participate in gatherings. Even if you have one mild symptom, go online to arrange to get tested or call 811.

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.

No travel is recommended in and out of Zone 4 except when necessary, such as for medical appointments and essential work. This recommendation includes no travel to hockey games or other sporting events in other zones.