FREDERICTON (GNB) – Public Health reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 today.

The nine cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are all individuals 20-29. Eight of nine cases are under investigation and one case is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

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

  • an individual 20-29; and
  • an individual 40-49.

Both cases are under investigation.

The two cases in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) are two individuals 20-29 and the cases are under investigation.

“Vaccination is the best protection and with recent number of COVID-19 cases, the value of being completely vaccinated becomes more clear every day,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “Fully 68 of our 77 confirmed COVID-19 cases since July 1, which is 88 per cent, were not fully immunized. Getting vaccinated will not only reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 and of being seriously ill, it will also help to protect your family, friends and our health-care system. Should you have any COVID-19 symptoms, even mild ones, please get tested.”

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,409. Since yesterday, there have been three new recoveries for a total of 2,311 recoveries. There have been 46 deaths and the number of active cases is 51. No one is hospitalized in New Brunswick. A total of 1,103 tests were conducted yesterday for a total of 384,250.

Vaccine update

As of today, 68.6 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated and 82.5 per cent have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you have not yet had your first or second dose, you are encouraged to go to a walk-in clinic or to book an appointment through a participating pharmacy or at a Vitalité or Horizon health network clinic.

All eligible New Brunswickers can book their second dose appointments now for a date that is at least 28 days after their first dose. To receive a second dose, bring a signed consent form, your Medicare card and a copy of the record of immunization provided after receiving your first dose.

If you have an appointment for a vaccine but were able to get vaccinated sooner elsewhere, please be sure to contact your pharmacy or regional health authority clinic to cancel the appointment you no longer need. This will help ensure that someone else in your community can obtain their vaccination sooner.

Potential public exposures

Anyone with symptoms of the virus, as well as anyone who has been at the site of a possible public exposures is urged to request a test online or call Tele-Care 811 to get an appointment.