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70 new cases / 16 new cases in Miramichi Region / Circuit breaker in effect Friday at 6 p.m.

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The circuit breaker measures in Zone 2 (Saint John region) will end on Friday at 6 p.m.

“There are 22 new cases in the Saint John region today and we are monitoring the situation,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “However, many of the positive cases today are from people who previously had positive results from rapid tests and were already self-isolating while they waited for confirmation of a PCR test. At this time, Public Health remains comfortable removing the circuit breaker in the zone as those people were isolating.”

The circuit breaker will continue for another seven days in parts of Zone 1 (Moncton region) but will be reduced to only cover the municipalities of Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview. The other areas of Zone 1 currently in a circuit breaker will have those restrictions lifted on Friday at 6 p.m. 

“The issue in Greater Moncton has been people not properly self-isolating,” said Russell. “It is critical that everyone follows the rules and not have gatherings in homes as we have seen transmission in households from people who shouldn’t be in the home in the first place, due to the circuit breaker restrictions. Transmission in households is where we’re seeing more than half of the new cases in the area.”

Enforcement will be increased to ensure those who are supposed to be isolating are doing so and to make sure household gatherings are not taking place. Residents are encouraged to call 1-844-462-8387 or email if they see violations of the rules.

Additionally, a circuit breaker will take effect at 6 p.m. on Friday for all of Zone 7 (Miramichi region) with the exception of Black River Bridge and communities to the east, Murray Settlement and areas south, and New Jersey and communities north.

More information about the circuit breaker rules, including a detailed list and map of affected communities, is available online.

38 recoveries, 70 new cases

Today, 38 more people have recovered from COVID-19. Public Health is reporting 70 new cases of the virus, with the number of active cases at 580.

Of the new cases, 45 – or 64 per cent – are unvaccinated and 25 – or 36 per cent – are fully vaccinated.

There are 11 people in an intensive care unit; nine are unvaccinated, one is partially vaccinated, and one is fully vaccinated.

There are 18 people in hospital, including 11 in intensive care. Of the 18 in hospital, 14 are unvaccinated, one is partially vaccinated and three are fully vaccinated. There is currently no one 19 or under in hospital.

Vaccination update

Public Health reported today that 86.3 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 93 per cent have received their first dose of a vaccine.

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 of a vaccine. They must bring 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 an mRNA COVID-19 booster dose if six months have passed since their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Fully vaccinated people who have received one or two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in their series are permitted to book an appointment to receive an mRNA booster dose if 28 days have passed since their second dose.

International travellers who mixed their first two doses of vaccine products are now eligible to book an appointment to receive a booster dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. This applies to anyone who must travel outside of North America for work, education or medical procedures. A booster dose of an mRNA vaccine will be available as long as a 28-day interval has passed since their previous dose.

A detailed list of those who are eligible for a booster dose is available online.

Appointments for first and second doses, as well as a booster dose for those who are eligible, can be scheduled at a regional health authority 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 clinics is available online.

Regional breakdown of cases

The 21 new cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:

  • Six people 19 and under;
  • Four people 20-29;
  • Five people 30-39;
  • Three people 40-49; and
  • Three people 60-69.

Eighteen cases are under investigation and three cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The 22 new cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are as follows:

  • 11 people 19 and under;
  • A person 20-29;
  • Three people 30-39;
  • A person 40-49;
  • Two people 50-59;
  • Two people 60-69; and
  • Two people 70-79.

Sixteen cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and six cases are under investigation.

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

  • A person 19 and under;
  • Three people 20-29;
  • A person 30-39;
  • A person 40-49;
  • Two people 60-69; and
  • A person 70-79.

Five cases are under investigation and four cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The one new case in Zone 4 (Edmundston region) is a person 20-29. The case is under investigation.

The one new case in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) is a person 70-79. The case is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

The 16 new cases in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) are as follows:

  • Five people 19 and under;
  • A person 20-29;
  • Four people 30-39; 
  • A person 40-49; 
  • Two people 50-59;
  • Two people 60-69; and
  • A person 80-89.

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

Additional information is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

Potential public exposure

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.

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