FREDERICTON (GNB) – Thirty-four new cases of COVID-19 across five health zones were reported today. There remains one hospitalization in the province due to the virus.

Of the new cases, 88 per cent, or 30 of 34, are not fully vaccinated.

“As we expected, COVID-19 is not going away; there are now active cases reported in all health zones, mostly among those who are not fully vaccinated,” said Dr. Cristin Muecke, deputy chief medical officer. “Getting vaccinated is the surest and most effective way to protect yourselves, your family, those who cannot be vaccinated, and your community from the COVID-19 virus.”

34 new cases

The 11 new cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:

  • three people 19 and under;
  • five people 20-29;
  • one person 30-39;
  • one person 40-49; and
  • one person 50-59.

Four cases are under investigation and seven cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The nine cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are as follows:

  • four people 19 and under;
  • two people 20-29;
  • two people 30-39; and
  • one person 40-49.

One case is under investigation, one case is travel-related and the seven other cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The 11 cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are as follows:

  • five people 19 and under;
  • two people 20-29;
  • one person 30-39;
  • two people 50-59; and
  • one person 60-69.

Four of the cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases, six cases are travel-related and one case is under investigation.

There is one case in Zone 4 (Edmundston area) of an individual 20-29 and that case is under investigation.

The two cases in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) are as follows:

  • one person 19 and under; and
  • one person 80-89.

Both cases are contacts of a previously confirmed case.

Revised case count

Public Health is revising the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in New Brunswick.

Two previously identified cases have been removed from the list because the laboratory confirmed them as false positives. The two cases were originally reported in Zone 1 (Moncton region) and Zone 2 (Saint John region).

In rare situations, such as these two, the laboratory got a negative result when sequencing the specimen so the samples were retested. The people involved are being informed of their negative result.

Vaccination update

As of today, 72.3 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated and 83.8 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 asked 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 as soon as possible.

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.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,614. There have been 12 recoveries since Thursday for a total of 2,415 recoveries. There have been 46 deaths and the number of active cases is 152. An additional 1,052 tests were conducted Thursday for a total of 397,908.

Vaccination clinics

A mobile clinic for those who have not yet received their first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is taking place on Saturday, Aug. 21, in Fredericton.

Zone 3 Public Health, in collaboration with Fredericton Pride, is conducting the clinic outside the Fredericton Public Library between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

People attending this mobile vaccination clinic are asked to bring their Medicare card, a record of vaccination if receiving their second dose, and a signed consent form. This clinic will be administering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for people 12 and older, which can be used safely and effectively as either a first or second dose.

Walk-in vaccination clinics are available on Saturday, Aug. 21, in Fredericton, St. Stephen and Saint-Quentin. The community clinics taking walk-ins without appointments are as follows:

  • Fredericton, Brookside Mall, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for individuals 12 and older
  • St. Stephen, Garcelon Civic Centre, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for individuals 12 and older
  • Saint-Quentin, Auberge Évasion des Rêves, 9 a.m. to noon, Moderna vaccine for individuals 18 and older

Community clinics taking walk-ins without appointments are also available on Monday, Aug. 23, as follows:

  • Fredericton, Brookside Mall, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Moderna vaccine for individuals 18 and older
  • Moncton, Moncton Coliseum, 9 a.m. to noon, Moderna vaccine for individuals 18 and older
  • Moncton, Moncton Coliseum, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for individuals 12 and older
  • Sussex, Sussex Legion, 11 a.m. to noon and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for individuals 12 and older
  • Pennfield, Pennfield Lions Club, noon to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for individuals 12 and older

Potential public exposures

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