FREDERICTON (GNB) – Public Health reported today that 82 people have recovered from COVID-19 and there are 93 new cases of the virus, with the active number of cases at 676.

There are 15 people in intensive care and another 52 are in hospital for a total of 67 people hospitalized. Twelve people are on a ventilator. There are two people under 19 currently hospitalized.

Of the people who are currently hospitalized, 27 contracted COVID-19 due to the outbreaks at the hospitals in Moncton, Saint John and Miramichi.

More information about the outbreaks is available on the Horizon Health Network website.

Public Health has confirmed three people have died as a result of COVID-19. A person 70-79 and another person 80-89 in Zone 1 (Moncton region) as well as a person 80-89 in Zone 2 (Saint John region).

The rate of people hospitalized and in ICU, as well as new cases, continues to most greatly impact people who are unvaccinated. Information about the rates of cases and hospitalizations based on vaccination status is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

Vaccination update

Public Health reported today that 81.7 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 86.8 per cent have received their first dose.

Health-care personnel – including those working in long-term care facilities – and residents of First Nations communities can book an appointment to receive an mRNA COVID-19 booster dose if six months have passed since their second dose. 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 a booster dose if six months have passed since their second dose.

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

Vaccination appointments for children aged five to 11 are now available at clinics and pharmacies across the province.

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 walk-in clinics is available online.

Regional breakdown of new cases

The 24 new cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:

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

Fifteen cases are under investigation, eight cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and one is travel-related.

The 26 new cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are as follows:

  • two people 19 and under;
  • six people 20-29;
  • three people 30-39;
  • seven people 40-49;
  • a person 50-59;
  • five people 60-69;
  • a person 70-79; and
  • a person 80-89.

Thirteen cases are under investigation and 13 cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The 28 new cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are as follows:

  • ten people 19 and under;
  • two people 20-29;
  • three people 30-39;
  • five people 40-49;
  • four people 50-59;
  • two people 60-69; and
  • two people 70-79.

Twenty-three cases are under investigation and five cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The six new cases in Zone 5 (Campbellton region) are as follows:

  • three people 19 and under;
  • two people 30-39; and
  • a person 40-49.

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

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

  • three people 19 and under;
  • two people 20-29;
  • a person 50-59;
  • a person 60-69; and
  • two people 70-79.

Three cases are under investigation and six cases 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, early learning centres and child care facilities is available on the Healthy and Safe Schools website and the COVID-19 dashboard.

Isolation reminder

Any household in New Brunswick with a positive case of COVID-19 must isolate for 14 days, regardless of vaccination status.

Household members who are fully vaccinated will be able to leave isolation with a day-five negative PCR test. A day-10 PCR test must still be taken to confirm the negative result.

Those who violate the Public Health order to self-isolate face a fine of between $480 and $20,400.

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.