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30 new cases / cases in schools / travel restrictions for K-12 students

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Public Health reported 30 new cases of COVID-19 today.

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

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

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

  • two people 20-29; and
  • an individual 40-49.

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

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

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

  • an individual 20-29;
  • an individual 50-59;
  • four people 60-69; and
  • an individual 70-79.

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

  • an individual 19 and under;
  • two people 40-49;
  • two people 50-59; and
  • an individual 60-69.

All cases are self-isolating and under investigation.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 765 and 584 have recovered. There have been nine deaths, and the number of active cases is 171. As of today, 160,039 tests have been conducted.

“We all want to move back to the Yellow alert level of recovery as soon as possible,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “One way we can get there is if everyone downloads and uses the COVID Alert app.”

Schools in Zone 3

On Friday, Jan. 8, three positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed at Woodstock High School and one case was confirmed at Townsview School in Woodstock. The school communities have been notified. Due to the high level of activity in the area, all students and staff from Townsview School and Woodstock High School are required to self-isolate for 48 hours (Saturday and Sunday) to allow for contact tracing.

“We’ve worked closely with school districts, schools, Public Health and other partners over the past few months to put guidelines in place that keep the education system open, even with a small number of cases, so that children can keep learning safely throughout the pandemic,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “We have established a system that is based on triggers and the advice of Public Health and we’ve had success in getting previous outbreaks under control quickly. I am confident that if we stick to these plans, we will be able to support contact tracing and minimize any impacts on student learning.” 

All school activities for this weekend are cancelled. Anyone who has been in close contact with these cases will be notified by Public Health through contact tracing over the course of the weekend and informed whether students in the home need to continue to self-isolate. More information on self-isolation is available online.

School staff will contact families directly during the weekend regarding any impacts on learning.

Schools in Zone 5

On Friday, Jan. 8, one positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed at Académie Notre-Dame in Dalhousie and another case was confirmed at Polyvalente Roland-Pépin in Campbellton. The school communities have been notified. Staff will contact families directly through the weekend regarding any impacts on learning. Anyone who has been in close contact with these cases will be notified by Public Health through contact tracing.

One positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed at the Garderie Tic Tac Toe in Dalhousie and families have been notified.

Travel restrictions for K-12 students

Students travelling into New Brunswick from other Canadian provinces due to formal custody or care agreements must now receive weekly COVID-19 tests. This also applies to students in kindergarten to Grade 8 living in Quebec or Nova Scotia who are attending school in New Brunswick.

New Brunswick offers two options for COVID-19 testing in children and youth. Find information about the process and what to expect here.

Emergency order updated

The state of emergency mandatory order was revised on Friday, Jan. 8, under the authority of the Emergency Measures Act.

Entire province remains at Orange level

Residents are reminded that the entire province remains at the Orange level under the province’s COVID-19 recovery plan. Orange level rules are available online.

09 January 2021

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