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40 new cases; 3 in Miramichi Region; Majority of new COVID-19 cases since July among those not fully immunized

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Public Health continues to see a high number of COVID-19 cases among those who are not fully vaccinated. Since July 1, there have been 198 confirmed cases in New Brunswick. Of those, 171 – or 86 per cent – were not fully vaccinated.

“The need for people to get vaccinated as quickly as possible is evident,” said Dr. Cristin Muecke, deputy chief medical officer of health. “While you can still contract COVID-19 when vaccinated, the risk is proven to be far lower. Getting vaccinated protects you, the people you love and your community.”

Vaccination update

As of today, 71.4 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated and 83.4 per cent have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you have not yet had your first or second dose, you are asked to go to a walk-in clinic or to book an appointment through a participating pharmacy or at a Vitalité or Horizon health network clinic as soon as possible.

All eligible New Brunswickers can book their second-dose appointments now for a date that is at least 28 days after their first dose. To receive a second dose, bring a signed consent form, your Medicare card and a copy of the record of immunization provided after receiving your first dose.

Cases from weekend

Public Health is reporting 40 new cases of COVID-19 from Saturday through today.

The 32 new cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:

  • eight people 19 and under;
  • five people 20-29;
  • six people 30-39;
  • four people 40-49;
  • six people 50-59;
  • two people 60-69; and
  • an individual 70-79.

Sixteen of the cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases, 13 are under investigation and three cases are travel-related.

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

  • an individual 19 and under;
  • an individual 20-29;
  • an individual 50-59; and
  • two people 60-69.

Four of the cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and one case is under investigation.

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

  • two people 50-59; and
  • an individual 60-69.

Two of the cases are under investigation and one case is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

There are no current hospitalizations in New Brunswick due to COVID-19. There was one hospitalization over the weekend, but the individual has been discharged.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,530. There have been 19 recoveries since Aug. 13 for a total of 2,378 recoveries. There have been 46 deaths and the number of active cases is 105. A total of 1,771 tests were conducted since Aug. 13 for a total of 393,080.

Outbreak declared at nursing home in Zone 1

Public Health declared an outbreak at Forest Dale Home, a 50-bed nursing home in Riverside-Albert. An employee and one resident recently tested positive for COVID-19. The Provincial Rapid Outbreak Management Team was partially activated Friday and a mass testing of residents and employees took place on that day. Another round of testing is to occur today followed by another round of testing later this week.

Outbreak declared at daycare in Zone 1

Public Health declared an outbreak at the Owl and Friends Learning Centre in Moncton. There have been four recently confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the facility.

The facility will remain closed until Aug. 24.

Potential public exposures

Anyone with symptoms of the virus, as well as anyone who has been at the site of a possible public exposure, is urged to request a test online or call Tele-Care 811 to get an appointment.

Online immunization records

Online access to COVID-19 immunization records is now available for New Brunswickers through MyHealthNB. This secure site was originally created to enable those eligible to obtain faster access to their COVID-19 test results.

Anyone who already has a MyHealthNB account due to a previous COVID-19 test can now log in to access their COVID-19 immunization record.

Anyone vaccinated since July 12 would have received instructions to register for a MyHealthNB account and are encouraged to log in to activate their account.

If you are already vaccinated and do not have a MyHealthNB account, you can receive a registration code through a Horizon or Vitalité clinic. At the appointment, staff will verify your identity and your NB Medicare number, and then provide you with a registration code.

Following your appointment, register at myhealth.gnb.ca using your NB Medicare number and registration code to access your COVID-19 immunization record online (PDF print available).

The paper Record of Immunization provided following vaccination will continue to be the official record. Store it in a safe place, keep a copy and take a picture of it.

16-08-21

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