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One death / six new cases / update on George Street Middle School / update on outbreak at UNB residence

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Public health confirmed today that an individual 80-89 in Zone 4 (Edmundston region) has died as a result of COVID-19. This brings the total number of deaths in the province to 37.

The person was a resident of Pavillon Beau-Lieu, a special care home in Grand Falls. They passed away in the hospital.

“On behalf of all New Brunswickers, I wish to share my deepest sympathies with the family and friends of this person,” said Health Minister Dorothy Shephard. “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this loss.”

“I send my heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of this individual,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “This is a tragic reminder that COVID-19 is still with us and we must continue to do everything in our power to slow the spread of the virus.”

Six new cases

Public Health reported six new cases of COVID-19 today.

The one case in Zone 1 (Moncton region) is an individual between 20-29. This case is under investigation.

The one case in Zone 2 (Saint John region) is an individual 40-49. This case is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

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

  • two people 40-49; and
  • an individual 50-59.

All three cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The one case in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) is an individual 60-69. This case is travel related.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 1,939. Since yesterday, 10 people have recovered for a total of 1,765 recoveries. There have been 37 deaths, and the number of active cases is 137. Four patients are hospitalized, including two in an intensive care unit. Yesterday, 3,123 tests were conducted for a total of 294,483. As of yesterday, 3,123 tests were reported for a total of 294,483.

Update on George Street Middle School in Fredericton (Zone 3)

Families and school personnel will be contacted this evening with plans for learning. Public Health identified a number of students and staff from George Street Middle School in Fredericton who were required to take a second COVID-19 test this weekend. The results of this testing will be available by the end of the day today, Sunday, May 2.

Update on the outbreak at the University of New Brunswick residence, Fredericton campus

Essential services and restricted access to the University of New Brunswick’s Fredericton campus, as well as St. Thomas University and NBCC Fredericton, will be lifted at 11:59 p.m. tonight, Sunday, May 2. Faculty, staff and students will be permitted to access the campus in accordance with the university’s approved operational plan.

Contact tracing has been completed and all residents and staff of Magee House and Elizabeth Parr-Johnston residences who are required by Public Health to self-isolate are continuing to do so. Access to these two buildings will remain restricted.

Exposure notifications

Public Health follows a standard process when addressing instances where the public may have been exposed to a case of COVID-19. In cases where record-keeping is able to identify anyone who may have been exposed, officials contact these individuals directly and do not issue a separate announcement. In cases where officials cannot be certain of exactly who may have been exposed to the virus in a given location, Public Health issues an announcement to alert those who could have been affected and provides instructions.

Public Health has identified a potential public exposure to the virus at the following locations and dates in Zone 4 (Edmundston region):

  • Legresley Esso, 15 Notre-Dame Rd, Kedgwick on Tuesday, April 27 between noon and 12:30 p.m.; on Friday, April 30 between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; and on Saturday, May 1 between 11:30 a.m. and noon.
  • Irving, 272 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin, on Wednesday, April 28 between noon and 12:30 p.m.
  • Bonichoix, 4 Camille Rd., Kedgwick on Wednesday, April 28 between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; on Thursday, April 29 between 11 a.m. and noon; and on Saturday, May 1 between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Familiprix, 116A Notre Dame Rd., Kedgwick on Thursday, April 29 between 11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
  • Boutique du Dollar 12345, 116B Notre-Dame Rd., Kedgwick on Saturday, May 1 between 11:30 a.m. and noon.
  • Ameublement Milix, 344 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin, on Saturday, May 1 between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Rossy, 344 Canada Rd. Unit K, Saint-Quentin, on Saturday, May 1 between noon and 12:30 p.m.

Public Health has identified a potential public exposure to the virus at the following locations and dates in Zone 1 (Moncton region):

  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 320 Elmwood Dr., Moncton on Thursday, April 29, between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Papa John’s Pizza, 555 Dieppe Blvd., Dieppe on Thursday, April 29, between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Public Health has also identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious on April 28 while on the following flights:

  • Air Canada Flight 396 – from Calgary to Montreal, departed at 1:05 a.m.
  • Air Canada Flight 8898 – from Montreal to Moncton, departed at 8:24 a.m.

Public Health is now offering COVID-19 testing for all New Brunswickers who have been in a public exposure area, even if they are not experiencing any symptoms. Residents may request a test online or call Tele-Care 811 to get an appointment at the nearest screening centre.

People experiencing one or more symptoms are also encouraged to get tested.

Vaccination clinics

More appointments to receive a vaccine at a Horizon or Vitalité health network vaccination clinic have been added to the online booking tool. Anyone who is part of a group that is currently eligible for their first dose of the vaccine may book an appointment online or by calling 1-833-437-1424.

System updates

The online system which is used to request a test for COVID-19 will be offline for updates between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. tonight, Sunday, May 2. The website will be available after 6:30 p.m.

Reminder of Orange and Yellow levels

A section of Zone 4, including Edmundston and the Upper Madawaska region, Saint-Léonard, Grand Falls, Drummond, New Denmark and Four Falls remain in the Orange level.

All other zones and communities in the province, including the Saint-Quentin and Kedgwick regions in Zone 4, remain in the Yellow level.

No travel is recommended in or out of areas in the Orange levels but travel between areas in Orange is permitted. Travel among Yellow level areas is also permitted.

02 May 2021

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