Level 3 of the COVID-19 winter plan goes into effect provincewide at 11:59 tonight
FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswick will move to Level 3 of the COVID-19 winter plan for 16 days starting tonight, Friday, Jan. 14, at 11:59 p.m. It will remain in effect until Jan. 30 at 11:59 p.m.
“I ask all New Brunswickers to do their part over the next two weeks, including booking their booster dose if it has been more than five months since their second dose – especially if they are 50 or older, since only 53 per cent of people in this age group have gotten a booster dose and they are at a higher risk of hospitalization,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “In addition, children currently make up the largest segment of our unvaccinated and under-vaccinated population. If you have not already done so, please book an appointment to get your children vaccinated, especially those aged five to 11, before in-person learning resumes.”
Under Level 3, the following measures will be in effect:
- People must stay within their single-household bubble. A single-household bubble includes the people you live with. Where required, this can be extended to include: caregivers; a family member who needs support from someone within the household; or one other person who needs support (for example, someone who lives alone, or another family member).
- A single-household bubble may extend care to children from another household for the purposes of informal daycare or online education support. This must be the same household bubble for as long as Level 3 is in effect.
- Public gatherings are not permitted, and gyms, indoor recreation, fitness and sports facilities, entertainment centres, spas and salons are not allowed to operate.
- Restaurants may provide drive-thru, takeout and delivery only.
- Retail businesses may continue to remain open at 50 per cent capacity and with physical distancing measures in place. People are encouraged to use contactless curbside pickup and/or designate one person from the household to go shopping, if feasible, to reduce contacts.
- Faith venues may provide outdoor, virtual or in-car religious services only.
- Organized sport activities – games, competitions and practice – involving people outside of a household bubble are prohibited. Individual sports that can be conducted outdoors, such as skiing, skating and snowmobiling, are permitted as long as distancing is maintained from those outside of a household bubble. Buildings that support outdoor sports, such as ski lodges and warm-up shelters, must maintain 50 per cent capacity, distancing and masking. Food and drinks cannot be served. The government will be working with sports organizations to develop a plan to resume some form of play or practice for all ages when New Brunswick returns to Level 2.
- Masks must still be worn at all times in indoor public spaces and in outdoor public spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
The New Brunswick Travel Registration Program will no longer be in effect. This will allow enforcement officers with the Department of Justice and Public Safety to focus on ensuring individuals and businesses are complying with Level 3 measures.
Booster dose appointments
Public Health reported that, since Monday, Jan. 10, more than 29,810 appointments have been booked for booster doses of an mRNA vaccine. The booster dose is now available to everyone 18 and older, as long as five months have passed since their second dose.
Monday was the first opportunity for these newly eligible people to book an appointment online at vaccination clinics offered through Vitalité and Horizon health networks. Those unable to book an appointment online, or who need assistance, may call 1-833-437-1424.
Public Health reported there are 11 people in intensive care and another 92 in hospital for a total of 103 people hospitalized who have COVID-19.
Of those currently hospitalized, 52 were admitted for reasons other than COVID-19. Sixty-four per cent (seven people) of those in ICU are either unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or it has been more than six months since their second dose. Of those in hospital, 82 are over 60 and three people are on a ventilator. Two people 19 or under are hospitalized. The seven-day rolling average of hospitalizations is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.
The rate of people hospitalized and in ICU continues to most greatly impact people who are unvaccinated and those who are over six months from their second dose. Information about the rates of cases and hospitalizations based on vaccination status, the age and origin of new cases, and additional information, is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.
Four people have died as a result of COVID-19. A person 70-79 in Zone 1 (Moncton region), a person 80-89 in Zone 2 (Saint John region), a person 70-79 in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) and a person 80-89 in Zone 4 (Edmundston region).
Upcoming technical updates to provincial immunization registry
A necessary system upgrade affecting the provincial immunization registry in the Public Health Information Solution will affect access to immunization records through the MyHealthNB website this weekend. From 11 p.m. on Friday until Monday, there will be a delay or limited access in displaying new immunization records and proof of vaccination documents.
People are reminded to download and print their proof-of-vaccination documents well before they are needed for travel or other purposes.
The registry upgrade will not affect access to PCR test results through MyHealthNB.
Rapid test and PCR results
The COVID-19 dashboard has been updated to include both PCR and rapid-test results.
People with COVID-19 symptoms are required to register online for a PCR test or rapid test under the provincial government’s testing strategy. Those who receive a positive rapid-test result are reminded to submit their result online through the self-reporting web portal.
These positive rapid (point-of-care) test results totals are based on information received by the Department of Health from the public and are not intended to be taken as a true representation of the total number of cases in the province.
All of New Brunswick is currently in the Level 2 phase of the winter plan to manage COVID-19. More information on the COVID-19 alert system, including guidance on public health measures, restrictions and the mandatory order, is available online.
Other useful links:
- Information about COVID-19 vaccines (including booking first, second or booster doses)
- Information about COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations NB COVID-19 N.-B. (arcgis.com)
- Information on getting tested (PCR or rapid tests)
- Healthy and Safe Schools website (including information on cases in schools and daycares)
- Information and guidelines on isolation
- Information and resources to help New Brunswickers live with COVID-19