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

The one case in Zone 1 (Moncton region) is an individual 20-29. This case is linked to a previously confirmed case and the individual is self-isolating.

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

  • an individual 40-49; and
  • an individual 50-59.

Both cases are under investigation and these individuals are self-isolating.

The one case in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) is an individual 30-39. This case is travel related and the individual is self-isolating.

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

  • an individual 19 and under;
  • an individual 20-29;
  • an individual 30-39;
  • an individual 40-49; and
  • an individual 50-59.

Four of the five cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and the other one is under investigation.

“Given the current risk posed by variants of concern, it is even more important now that everyone follow public health guidelines, especially those living in areas which are in the red or lockdown level,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “We know we’re all in this together, and if people follow the guidelines, we’ll get through this.”

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 1,722. Since yesterday, nine people have recovered for a total of 1,540 recoveries. There have been 33 deaths, and the number of active cases is 148. Twenty patients are hospitalized, including 13 in an intensive care unit. Yesterday, 738 tests were conducted for a total of 267,359.

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 recommends they self-monitor for symptoms.

Public Health has identified a potential public exposure to the virus at the following locations throughout the province.

  • Atlantic Superstore, 89 Trinity Dr., Moncton, on Friday, April 9 between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • GAP Factory East Point, 15 Fashion Dr., Saint John, on Friday, April 9 between 2:10 p.m. and 2:40 p.m.
  • COSTCO Wholesale customer service, 140 Granite Dr., Moncton on Thursday, April 8 between 4:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • CF Champlain Food Court, 477 Paul St., Dieppe on Thursday, April 8 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • YMCA Vaughan Harvey, 30 War Veterans Ave., Moncton, on Tuesday, April 6 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • CF Champlain Shoppers Drug Mart cosmetic section, 477 Paul St., Dieppe on Tuesday, April 6 between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Moncton Wesleyan Church, 945 St. George Blvd., Moncton, Sunday, April 4 between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Kelseys Original Roadhouse, 141 Trinity Dr., Moncton on Saturday, April 3 between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
  • CF Champlain, 477 Paul St., Dieppe on Saturday, April 3 between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • CF Champlain, 477 Paul St., Dieppe on Thursday, April 1 between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Atlantic Superstore, 577 Victoria St., Edmundston between Monday, March 29 and Friday, April 9.

Reminder of lockdown, Red and Yellow levels

A section of Zone 4 (Edmundston region), including Edmundston and the upper Madawaska region is in lockdown as per the province’s mandatory order. A detailed list of lockdown restrictions, including what can remain open and what must close, is available online.

The communities of Saint-Léonard, Grand Falls, Drummond, New Denmark and Four Falls remain in the Red level.

All other zones and communities in the province, including the Saint-Quentin and Kedgwick regions in Zone 4, remain in the Yellow level.

No travel is recommended in and out of lockdown or Red level areas 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.