FREDERICTON (GNB) – Public Health reported today that 33 people have recovered from COVID-19 and there are 82 new cases of the virus, with the number of active cases at 565.

There are 16 people in intensive care and another 14 in hospital for a total of 30 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.

Vaccination update

Public Health reported today that 87 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.

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 number of new cases in Zone 1 are headed in the right direction, thanks to people in the Moncton region taking the steps necessary to keep themselves and their loved ones safe,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer. “While we are seeing an increase in numbers in some areas, including Zone 2, the Saint John region, many of the cases are connected and already isolating.”

The 14 new cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:

  • a person 19 and under;
  • a person 20-29;
  • two people 30-39;
  • six people 40-49;
  • two people 50-59; and
  • two people 60-69.

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

The 23 new cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are as follows:

  • 13 people 19 and under;
  • four people 30-39;
  • two people 40-49;
  • a person 50-59; and
  • three people 70-79.

Fifteen cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and eight cases are under investigation.

The 18 new cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are as follows:

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

Ten cases are under investigation and eight are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

There is one case in Zone 4 (Edmundson region) of a person 19 and under. The case is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

There four cases in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) are as follows:

  • two people 19 and under; and
  • two people 30-39.

All four cases are contacts of a previously confirmed case.

The 22 new cases in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) are as follows:

  • six people 19 and under;
  • a person 20-29;
  • two people 30-39;
  • five people 40-49;
  • a person 50-59;
  • five people are 60-69; and
  • two people 70-79.

Thirteen cases are under investigation and nine 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 Origins Natural Learning Childcare Ltd. in Zone 2 (Saint John region). 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, 79 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.