FREDERICTON (GNB) – Public Health confirmed today that an individual over the age of 90 in Zone 4 (Edmundston region) has died as a result of COVID-19. This brings the total number of deaths in the province to 41.

The person was a resident of Pavillon Beau-Lieu, a special care home in Grand Falls.

“Unfortunately, we have seen COVID-19 touch another New Brunswick family in the worst way,” said Health Minister Dorothy Shephard. “We are saddened at this loss and on behalf of all New Brunswickers, I extend condolences to the family and friends of this individual.”

“It is difficult to learn that another person has been lost to this virus,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “I join all of New Brunswick in holding this person’s grieving family and friends in my thoughts.”

Eight new cases

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

The two cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are individuals under 19. One case is travel related and the other case is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

The two cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are individuals aged 30-39. Both cases are related to travel.

The one case in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) is an individual 50-59 and is under investigation.

The three cases in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) are as follows:

  • an individual 20-29;
  • an individual 50-59; and
  • an individual over the age of 90.

The cases are all contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 1,996. Since yesterday, six people have recovered for a total of 1,813 recoveries. There have been 41 deaths, and the number of active cases is 141. Ten patients are hospitalized in total. Seven patients are hospitalized in New Brunswick, including two in an intensive care unit. Three patients are hospitalized out of province. Yesterday, 1,459 tests were conducted for a total of 303,595.

Update on outbreak at the University of New Brunswick residence, Fredericton campus

Magee House residents who have tested negative will be released tonight, Saturday, May 8, at 11:59 p.m. The remaining cases will continue to be supported and finish their self-isolation over the coming week.

Reminder of Orange and Yellow levels

A section of Zone 4, including Edmundston and the Upper Madawaska region, Saint-Léonard, Grand Falls, Drummond, New Denmark and Four Falls, remains 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 recommended in or out of areas in the Orange level but travel between areas in Orange is permitted. Travel among Yellow level areas is also permitted.