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Vaccine update / exposure notifications

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Public Health is reporting that 60.9 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 46,000 people have been vaccinated in the past week.

Everyone aged 12 and older is now eligible to receive a first dose of the vaccine. Public Health is encouraging anyone who has not already received their vaccine to book an appointment online through a Vitalité or Horizon Health Network or by contacting a participating pharmacy.

On May 27, the provincial government announced guidelines outlining the path toward the Green level of the COVID-19 recovery plan. The plan includes three phases to slowly loosen restrictions. The first target for relaxing restrictions is June 7 based on a risk assessment, if 75 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older have received their first vaccination dose and if hospitalizations are manageable. New Brunswick’s path to Green is available online.

10 new cases

Public Health reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 today.

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

  • an individual under the age of 19;
  • an individual 20-29;
  • an individual 40-49; and
  • two people 50-59.

Three of these cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and the other two cases are under investigation.

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

  • an individual 20-29;
  • an individual 30-39; and
  • two people 50-59.

Two of these cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and the other two cases are under investigation.

The case in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) is an individual under the age of 19. This case is related to travel. 

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,191. Since yesterday, six people have recovered for a total of 2,004 recoveries. There have been 43 deaths, and the number of active cases is 143. Seven patients are hospitalized in total. Six patients are hospitalized in New Brunswick, including two in an intensive care unit. One patient is hospitalized out of province in an intensive care unit. Yesterday, 1,655 tests were conducted for a total of 332,735.

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 can 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 location and date in Zone 1 (Moncton region):

  • Saint Pierre Catholic Church, 2000 Route 535, Cocagne, on Sunday, May 23, 11 a.m. service.

Public Health has identified a potential public exposure to the virus at the following location and date in Zone 3 (Fredericton region):

  • Capt. Submarine/Irving Oil, 305 Route 110, West Florenceville, on Thursday, May 20 between 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.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.

Reminder of Yellow level

All zones are in the Yellow level under the province’s mandatory order.

29 May 2021

Les McLaughlin

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