FREDERICTON (GNB) – Public Health reported today that 78 people have recovered from COVID-19 and there are 95 new cases of the virus, with the active number of cases at 691.

There are 16 people in intensive care and another 43 are in hospital for a total of 59 people hospitalized. Twelve people are on a ventilator. There is one person under 19 currently hospitalized.

Twenty-six of the 59 people who are hospitalized were initially admitted for other reasons and contracted COVID-19 due to outbreaks at hospitals in Moncton, Saint John and Miramichi. Most of those people infected are currently exhibiting mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19.

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

Public Health has confirmed a person 90 and over in Zone 1 (Moncton region) and a person 70-79 in Zone 2 (Saint John region) have died as a result of COVID-19.

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.

“We are still seeing the importance of getting vaccinated and the layer of protection that it provides,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “Currently, in our ICU, the rate of people unvaccinated versus those that are vaccinated is more than 30 times higher.”

“With cases continuing to increase and community transmission, it is important to follow public heath measures,” said Health Minister Dorothy Shephard. “They are small things for each of us to do to help curb the spread, like distancing, wearing a mask, washing our hands, staying home when sick and getting vaccinated. Collectively these measures make a huge difference.”

Vaccination update

Public Health reported today that 81.8 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 87.0 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 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 27 new cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:

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

Twenty-one cases are under investigation, five cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and one case is travel-related.

The 17 new cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are as follows:

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

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

The 30 new cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are as follows:

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

Nineteen cases are under investigation and 11 are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The one new case in Zone 5 (Campbellton region) is a person 19 and under. This case is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

The 20 new cases in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) are as follows:

  • six people 19 and under;
  • two people 30-39;
  • seven people 40-49;
  • two people 50-59; and
  • three people 70-79.

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

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.