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

The one case in Zone 2 (Saint John region) is an individual 20-29. This case is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

The one case in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) is an individual 30-39. This case is under investigation.

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

  • an individual 20-29; and
  • an individual 50-59.

Both cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 1,851 Since yesterday, 10 people have recovered for a total of 1,685 recoveries. There have been 35 deaths, and the number of active cases is 130. Eight patients are hospitalized, including three in an intensive care unit. Yesterday, 802 tests were conducted for a total of 283,334.

Modified isolation for truck drivers

Truck drivers do not yet have to register their travel as the provincial government is working collaboratively with the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) to determine the right steps to make the travel registration and isolation requirements as simple and efficient as possible for independent and fleet truck drivers.

“Truck drivers have played an important role since the beginning of the pandemic. Currently with the variants of COVID-19, we know all forms of travel carry a serious risk to the health of New Brunswickers,” said Health Minister Dorothy Shephard. “We are committed to working with the industry to find ways to limit the burden for the trucking industry and its drivers while at the same time reducing the risk of the COVID-19 virus spreading in our province.” 

As of today, New Brunswick truck drivers who regularly cross borders and New Brunswickers who are regular cross-border commuters are following modified isolation guidelines when returning to the province. Truck drivers and commuters can continue to go to work during this time. As part of modified isolation, their families they are living with do not have to self-isolate. It is anticipated that these additional measures will be in place for about a month to achieve a reduction in the spread of the virus, prevent overwhelming the health-care system, keep most of the province at the yellow level and to avoid widespread lockdowns.

Isolation in hotels for leisure, business travellers, and those moving to New Brunswick

Anyone returning to the province from leisure travel, as well as individuals moving to New Brunswick and business travellers who are not rotational workers, truck drivers or regular cross-border commuters, must self-isolate for at least seven days in a designated isolation hotel at their own expense.

Upon arriving in New Brunswick, travellers in this category must drive themselves or use a taxi directly to the isolation facility. No family pick-ups or carpools are permitted. These rules apply to travellers, regardless of their vaccination status.

Six isolation hotels have been identified in locations throughout the province: the Hilton in Saint John; Hyatt Place in Moncton; the Delta in Fredericton; the Rodd in Miramichi; the Best Western in Bathurst; and the Quality Inn in Campbellton. There is currently no isolation hotel in Edmundston due to the lockdown status but one will be identified when the lockdown ends.  These hotels are not able to take reservations directly. Travellers must call the Canadian Red Cross support line at 1(800) 863-6582, selecting the option “NB isolation support to non-essential travelers” and a representative will assist them in their isolation support booking. The Canadian Red Cross is co-ordinating the accommodation, food, medical needs and security. The cost to travellers will be about $200 per day.  

These travellers will be required to self-isolate for at least seven days in a designated isolation hotel at their own expense, be required to take a COVID-19 test on day five of their self-isolation, and if they get a negative result, they may complete their 14-day self-isolation at home, as long as no other people are in the household. Test results will likely be available on day seven of isolation. Travellers will be required to take a second test on day 10 of their isolation. 

New guidelines for returning post-secondary students

Beginning tonight at 11:59 p.m., post-secondary students and anyone assisting them returning from outside the Atlantic provinces or a COVID-19 hot zone, such as the Halifax Regional Municipality, will need to stay in an isolation hotel. The cost of the isolation hotel and related expenses for the student only will be covered by the provincial government.

Also beginning tonight at 11:59 p.m., post-secondary students and anyone assisting them returning from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia or Newfoundland and Labrador - other than from an Atlantic Canada COVID-19 hot zone - will be required to isolate at home for 14 days upon their return to New Brunswick.

Reminder of lockdown, Orange and Yellow levels

A section of Zone 4, 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 Orange 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 permitted in and out of the lockdown area, or within the lockdown area, except when necessary such as for vaccinations, medical appointments, work, or to purchase essential goods. No travel is recommended in or out of areas in the Orange level. This recommendation includes no travel to sporting or entertainment events in other zones. Travel between Yellow level areas is permitted.