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10 new cases / exposure notifications

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Public health reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 today.

The one case in Zone 2 (Saint John region) is an individual 40-49 and is travel-related.

The nine cases in Zone 4 (Edmundston region) are as follows:

  • three people 19 and under;
  • an individual 20-29;
  • three people 30-39;
  • an individual 40-49; and
  • an individual 50-59.

Six of the nine cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and the other three are under investigation.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 1,788. Since yesterday, seven people have recovered for a total of 1,601 recoveries. There have been 33 deaths, and the number of active cases is 153. Twenty patients are hospitalized, including 12 in an intensive care unit. Yesterday, 927 tests were conducted for a total of 275,475

Cases in schools in Zone 4

An additional positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at École Saint-Jacques, in Edmundston, and the school community has been notified. Public Health has advised students and staff to self-isolate until midnight on Friday, April 23. Testing of the school community will take place.

A possible exposure to a positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Cité-Des-Jeunes-A.-M. Sormany, in Edmundston, and the school community has been notified. Any staff or students who may have been at the school on April 12 should self-monitor for symptoms.

As both schools have been closed since the region went into lockdown, no significant impact on learning is anticipated at this time. If you or a family member have been in close contact with a case, you will be notified by Public Health for contact tracing. If you do not hear directly from Public Health, you have not been identified as a close contact.

Exposure notifications

Public Health follows a standard process when addressing instances where the public may have been exposed to a case of COVID-19. In cases where record-keeping is able to identify anyone who may have been exposed, officials contact these individuals directly and do not issue a separate announcement. In cases where officials cannot be certain of exactly who may have been exposed to the virus in a given location, Public Health issues an announcement to alert those who could have been affected and provides instructions.

Public Health has identified potential public exposures to the virus at the following locations:

  • Jean Coutu, 77 Victoria St., Edmundston on Friday, April 16, between 1: 30 p.m. and 2 p.m.; on Wednesday, April 14, between noon and 12:45 p.m.; and on Monday, April 12, between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Service New Brunswick, 15 King Square North, Saint John, on Tuesday, April 13, between 3:45 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Public Health has also identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious on April 15 while on the following flights:

  • Air Canada Flight 318 – from Calgary to Montreal, departed at 11:53 a.m.
  • Air Canada Flight 8906 – from Montreal to Moncton, departed at 7:08 p.am.

Testing

Public Health is now offering COVID-19 testing for all New Brunswickers who have been in a public exposure area, even it they are not currently experiencing any symptoms. Residents may request a test online or call Tele-Care 811 to get an appointment at the nearest screening centre.

People experiencing one or more symptoms are also encouraged to get tested.

Reminder of lockdown, Orange and Yellow levels

A section of Zone 4, including Edmundston and the upper Madawaska region, is in lockdown as per the province’s mandatory order. A detailed list of lockdown restrictions, including what can remain open and what must close, is available online.

The communities of Saint-Léonard, Grand Falls, Drummond, New Denmark and Four Falls are now in the Orange level.

All other zones and communities in the province, including the Saint-Quentin and Kedgwick regions in Zone 4, remain in the Yellow level.

No travel is permitted in and out of the lockdown area or within the lockdown area except when necessary, such as for vaccinations, medical appointments, work or to purchase essential goods. No travel is recommended in or out of areas in the Orange level. This recommendation includes no travel to sporting or entertainment events in other zones. Travel among Yellow level areas is permitted.

18 April 2021

Les McLaughlin

Les McLaughlin is a website developer by day and a local news reporter/community ambassador by night. You can reach him by email at .

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