FREDERICTON (GNB) – All of New Brunswick is currently in the Level 2 phase of the government’s winter plan to manage COVID-19.

More information on the measures included in this level is available online.

139 recoveries / 306 new cases

Public Health reported 139 recoveries and 306 new cases of COVID-19 today.

There are 13 people in intensive care and another 25 are in hospital for a total of 38 people hospitalized. Of those in hospital, 22 are over the age of 60 and nine people are on a ventilator. No one under 19 is currently hospitalized. The seven-day rolling average of hospitalizations is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

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, the age and origin of new cases, and additional information, is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

Of the new cases today, 111 are in Zone 1 (Moncton region), 90 are in Zone 2 (Saint John region), 46 are in Zone 3 (Fredericton region), nine are in Zone 4 (Edmundston region), eight are in Zone 5 (Campbellton region), 18 are in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) and 24 are in Zone 7 (Miramichi region).

To date, 147 cases have been confirmed to be the Omicron variant.

Public Health reported today that 82.8 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, 90 per cent have received their first dose of a vaccine and 18.4 per cent have received a booster dose.

Assessment centre delays

Assessment centres continue to experience increased demands for PCR testing. More resources and extended hours have been allotted to the Saint John assessment centre to help clear the backlog of about 2,100 requests in Zone 2 (Saint John region). All priority groups, which include Public Health referrals, health-care workers and those who work or live in vulnerable settings (such as long-term care) are being scheduled within 48 hours. The next priorities are any symptomatic individuals as well as those who test positive on a point-of-care test. These people are being booked for a test within 144 hours.

In Zone 3 (Fredericton region), there is a backlog of about 545 requests. All priority groups are being scheduled within 24 hours. The next priorities are being booked for a test within 72 hours.

In Zone 1 (Moncton region), there is a backlog of about 500 requests. All priority groups are being scheduled within 24 hours. The next priorities are being booked for a test within 48 hours.

Should you test positive using a rapid point-of-care test, you must immediately isolate and book your PCR test. Your household should also rapid test daily while you await your PCR test and results. As well, you should notify close contacts that you have tested positive on a rapid test and advise them to self-monitor for symptoms. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should schedule a PCR test via an assessment centre.

Learn more:

Information about COVID-19 vaccines, including booking first, second or booster doses, is available at www.gnb.ca/COVID19vaccine.

Rapid-test kits are available across the province. More information on the rapid-test kits program and pickup locations is available online.

Potential public exposure locations and dates are listed online. A map of potential public exposures can also be found on the COVID-19 dashboard.

Information on cases in schools and daycares is available on the Healthy and Safe Schools website.

Any household in New Brunswick with a positive case of COVID-19 must isolate for 14 days, regardless of vaccination status. Individuals advised by Public Health or a physician, including confirmed cases of COVID-19, must isolate. More information about isolation is available online.

Information and resources to help New Brunswickers live with COVID-19 is available on the COVID-19 guidance and resources webpage.

Guidance on public health measures, restrictions and the mandatory order is available online.

Information about testing, including booking PCR tests and using rapid tests, is available at www.gnb.ca/GetTestedCOVID19.

Travellers, including New Brunswickers returning to the province, must register their travel with the travel registration program.