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Cases in five other zones now linked to Moncton cluster / 94 per cent of Moncton cluster cases not fully vaccinated

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Sixteen new cases of COVID-19 across five health zones were reported today. There remains one hospitalization in the province due to the virus.  Nine hundred people are self-isolating due to either testing positive or being an identified contact of a case.

“Some of the new cases have spread from the Moncton region, or Zone 1, to five other health zones in our province,” said Dr. Cristin Muecke, deputy chief medical officer. “We are noticing this is mainly among those who are not fully vaccinated. In fact, in the Moncton cluster, 94 per cent of our cases are among those who are not fully vaccinated. We need these people to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and those who cannot get vaccinated, such as children under 12.”

Public Health is reporting 16 new cases today.

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

  • an individual 19 and under;
  • five people 20-29; and
  • two people 70-79.

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

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

  • an individual 20-29; and
  • an individual 50-59.

One case is under investigation and the other one is travel-related.

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

  • an individual 19 and under; and
  • two people 70-79.

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

The two cases in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) are as follows:

  • an individual 19 and under; and
  • an individual 30-39.

Both cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The one case in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) is an individual 20-29 and a contact of a previously confirmed case.

One individual is hospitalized in New Brunswick due to COVID-19.

“We are seeing a COVID-19 Alpha variant cluster emerging in the Moncton region with 150 cases linked to the variant,” said Muecke. “With the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, it is clear that being fully vaccinated is the best protection against the virus, regardless of variant type.”    

Vaccine update

As of today, 71.9 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated and 83.6 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.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,559. There have been 11 recoveries since Tuesday for a total of 2,397 recoveries. There have been 46 deaths and the number of active cases is 115. A total of 1,139 tests were conducted Tuesday for a total of 395,627.

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.

18-08-21

Les McLaughlin

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