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

The three cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:

  • two people 20-29; and
  • an individual 30-39.

All three cases are under investigation.

The one case in Zone 2 (Saint John region) is an individual 40-49 and is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

The two cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are as follows:

  • an individual 30-39; and
  • an individual 50-59.

One case is travel-related and the other is under investigation.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,002. Since yesterday, six people have recovered for a total of 1,819 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, 892 tests were conducted for a total of 304,487.

Vaccination update

As of May 8, a total of 272,574 New Brunswickers have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“It is important to remember, even as we see exciting progress being made in the vaccination rollout, that a COVID-19 vaccine’s maximum protection happens only two to three weeks after a second dose,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “Although vaccines can provide protection against hospitalization, ICU admission and even death, the variants of concern present greater risks. New Brunswickers should continue to be vigilant and follow Public Health guidance.”

Case at Kennebecasis Valley High School (Zone 2)

A positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed at Kennebecasis Valley High School in Quispamsis on May 8 and the school community has been notified. As no school was planned for Monday, students will return to school on Tuesday, May 11, unless they have been contacted directly by Public Health. If you or a family member have been in close contact with this case, you will be notified by Public Health for contact tracing. If you do not hear directly from Public Health, you have not been identified as a close contact.

Exposure notifications

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 can 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 following locations and dates in Zone 1 (Moncton region):

  • Greco Pizza, 120 Killam Dr., Moncton on Wednesday, May 5, between 5:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m., Monday, May 3, between 5:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m., and Sunday, May 2, between 5:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.
  • Greco Pizza, 311 Acadie Blvd., Dieppe on Tuesday, May 4, between 4:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
  • Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre emergency department, 330 Université Ave., Moncton, on Friday, May 7, between 2:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and Thursday, May 6, between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.

Public Health has identified a potential public exposure to the virus at the following location and date in Zone 2 (Saint John region):

  • Foodland, 1 Market St., Quispamsis, on Monday, May 3, between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Public Health has identified a potential public exposure to the virus at the following location and date in Zone 3 (Fredericton region):

  • Lunar Rogue, 625 King St., Fredericton, on Wednesday, April 28, between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
  • Fix Auto, 156 Greenview Dr., Hanwell, Thursday, May 6, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 30, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Thursday, April 29, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 28, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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.