FREDERICTON (GNB) – Public Health is reporting that more than 62 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Everyone aged 12 and older is now eligible to be vaccinated. Public Health is encouraging anyone who has not already received their first dose of a vaccine to book an appointment online through a Vitalité or Horizon Health Network clinic or by contacting a participating pharmacy.

Clinics operated by the regional health authorities are currently showing availability on Tuesday, June 1 in Woodstock, St. Stephen, Sussex, Oromocto and Moncton, and on Wednesday, June 2 in Edmundston, Moncton, Tracadie and Campbellton.

On May 27, the provincial government announced guidelines outlining the path toward the Green level of the COVID-19 recovery plan. The plan includes three phases to slowly loosen restrictions. The first target for relaxing restrictions is June 7, based on a risk assessment, if 75 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older have received their first vaccination dose and if hospitalizations are manageable. New Brunswick’s path to Green is available online.

Nine new cases

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

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

  • an individual under the age of 19;
  • an individual 20-29;
  • an individual 30-39;
  • an individual 50-59; and
  • an individual 60-69.

Four of these cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and the other case is under investigation.

The one case in Zone 2 (Saint John region) is an individual under the age of 19. This case is under investigation.

The two cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are two people 20-29. Both cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The one case in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) is an individual 50-59. This case is a contact of a previously confirmed case. 

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,200. Since yesterday, nine people have recovered for a total of 2,013 recoveries. There have been 43 deaths, and the number of active cases is 143. Seven patients are hospitalized in total. Six patients are hospitalized in New Brunswick, including two in an intensive care unit. One patient is hospitalized out of province in an intensive care unit. Yesterday, 977 tests were conducted for a total of 333,712.

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 location and date in Zone 3 (Fredericton region):

  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 1198 Onondaga St., Oromocto, on Sunday, May 23 between 10 a.m. and noon.
  • Dollarama, 1198 Onondaga St., Oromocto, on Sunday, May 23 between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Atlantic Superstore, 1198 Onondaga St., Oromocto, on Sunday, May 23 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Sobeys, 375 Miramichi Rd., Oromocto, on Tuesday, May 25 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Public Health is now offering COVID-19 testing for all New Brunswickers who have been in a public exposure area, even if they are not experiencing any symptoms. Residents may request a test online or call Tele-Care 811 to get an appointment at the nearest screening centre.        

People experiencing one or more symptoms are also encouraged to get tested.

Reminder of Yellow level

All zones are in the Yellow level under the province’s mandatory order.