FREDERICTON (GNB) – Public Health reported today that 43 people have recovered from COVID-19 and there are 34 new cases of the virus, with the number of active cases at 516.

There are 14 people in intensive care and another eight in hospital for a total of 22 people hospitalized. There is currently no one 19 or under in the hospital.

The risk of getting COVID-19 and being hospitalized remains far higher among those unvaccinated or partially vaccinated compared to those who are fully vaccinated. Information about the rates of cases and hospitalizations per 100,000 New Brunswickers based on their vaccination status is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

New federal proof of vaccination document for travellers

The new Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination document, which includes a QR code, is now available on MyHealthNB.

This document uses the federal standard format adopted across Canada, which is accepted by Canada Border Services Agency and ArriveCAN. It provides New Brunswickers who are travelling to jurisdictions that are using QR codes with a reliable way to show they are vaccinated against COVID-19.

It is recommended that people travelling internationally verify the travel requirements for their destination well in advance. Each country has its own regulations about what type of vaccination proof is required, the types of vaccines accepted, the number of doses required and any exemptions to public health measures.

Within New Brunswick, the original paper immunization record, a photograph or digital copy of the immunization record or the digital vaccination status on MyHealthNB will continue to be used for proof of vaccination, along with a valid government ID.

Horizon’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Moncton moving to new location

Horizon’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Moncton is moving to a new location, 380 MacNaughton Ave. in the Caledonia Industrial Park.

The former location in the Moncton Coliseum will close today and the new location will open on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

More information is available online.

Vaccination update

Public Health reported today that 86.8 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 93.2 per cent have received their first dose of a vaccine.

Health-care personnel – including those working in long-term care facilities – and residents of First Nations communities can now book an appointment to receive an mRNA COVID-19 booster dose if six months have passed since their second dose of a vaccine. They must bring their proof of vaccination, i.e. immunization record, to their appointment.

People 65 and older and school personnel are permitted to book an appointment to receive an mRNA COVID-19 booster dose if six months have passed since their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Fully vaccinated people who have received one or two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in their series are permitted to book an appointment to receive an mRNA booster dose if 28 days have passed since their second dose.

International travellers with mixed first two doses of vaccine products are eligible to book an appointment to receive a booster dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. This applies to anyone who must travel outside of North America for work, education or medical procedures. A booster dose of an mRNA vaccine will be available as long as a 28-day interval has passed since their previous dose.

A detailed list of those eligible for a booster dose is available online.

Appointments for first and second doses, as well as a booster dose for those eligible, can be scheduled for a regional health authority community COVID-19 vaccination clinic through the online booking system or at a participating pharmacy. Residents of First Nations communities can also book an appointment at a community clinic.

A list of upcoming mobile and walk-in clinics is available online.

Update on outbreaks in First Nations communities

Public Health continues to work with seven First Nations communities – four in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) and three in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) – as they deal with outbreaks of COVID-19.

Members of the Provincial Rapid Outbreak Management Team are continuing to work with the First Nations communities to provide support, administer testing and to further assess the situation.

In Zone 3, Woodstock First Nation has 16 cases, Oromocto First Nation has 22 cases, Kingsclear First Nation has 13 cases and St. Mary’s First Nation has 13 cases.

In Zone 7, Metepenagiag First Nation (Red Bank) has three cases, Natoaganeg First Nation (Eel Ground) has four cases, and Esgenoôpetitj First Nation (Burnt Church) has 11 cases.

Circuit breaker reminder

The following areas are currently under a circuit breaker: the municipalities of Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe in Zone 1 (Moncton region) and most of Zone 7 (Miramichi region).

Enforcement has been increased to ensure those who are supposed to be isolating are doing so and that gatherings of multiple households are not taking place. Residents are encouraged to call 1-844-462-8387 or email helpaide@gnb.ca to report violations of the rules.

More information about the circuit breaker rules, including a detailed list and map of affected communities, is available online.

Regional breakdown of new cases

The 10 new cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:

  • a person 19 and under;
  • a person 20-29;
  • five people 30-39;
  • a person 40-49;
  • a person 50-59; and
  • a person 70-79.

Seven cases are under investigation and three are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

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

  • three people 19 and under;
  • two people 20-29; and
  • a person 30-39.

Two cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and four cases are under investigation.

The 12 new cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are as follows:

  • five people 20-29;
  • five people 30-39;
  • a person 50-59; and
  • a person 60-69.

Nine cases are under investigation and three are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

There is one case in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) of a person 50-59. The case is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

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

  • two people 19 and under;
  • a person 30-39; and
  • two people are 60-69.

Two cases are under investigation and three are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

Additional information is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

Confirmed cases in schools and child-care facilities

Information on cases in schools is available on the Healthy and Safe Schools website and the COVID-19 dashboard.

A case has been confirmed at YMCA Afterschool – Moncton and YMCA Childcare, both located in Zone 1 (Moncton region). A new case has also been confirmed at Reaching for Rainbows Daycare and JD Tae Kwon Do, both of which were previously impacted and are located in Zone 1. Affected families have been notified. If you or a family member have been in close contact with a case, you will be notified by Public Health or the facility for contact tracing. If you are not notified directly, you have not been identified as a close contact.

Since Sept. 7, 78 early learning and child-care facilities have had confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Potential public exposures

Anyone with two or more symptoms of the virus is urged to request a test online to get an appointment.

If you have been at the site of a possible public exposure, but remain asymptomatic, you may be able to pick up a rapid-screening kit (while supplies last).

A map of potential public exposures can also be found on the COVID-19 dashboard.