New Brunswick reported 109 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.
The province’s top doctor, Dr. Jennifer Russell, said 32 to 29 percent of new cases are from people who have been fully vaccinated.
“Vaccines are effective, but not perfect,” he said at a COVID-19 briefing, adding that vaccines can prevent serious illness and death.
Russell said there are 63 people hospitalized due to the virus, with 27 in an intensive care unit.
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Health Minister Dorothy Shephard, who was also at the briefing, said that over Thanksgiving weekend, police officers responded to 28 calls for complaints about the COVID rules and completed more than 600 inspections.
Almost all complied, except for one in Moncton where a ticket was issued.
Shephard also noted that 62 of the 63 places of faith were also compliant, with the sole exception of the Tabernacle Family Church in Saint John.
Rising COVID 19 numbers are also prompting hospitals in New Brunswick to move to Red Alert level and postpone some procedures that are not urgent.
Vitalité Health Network hospitals rose to Red Alert level on Tuesday, although Campbellton Regional Hospital imposed the measures last week to address an in-hospital outbreak.
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Horizon Health Network hospitals will follow suit on Wednesday and the measures will be in effect for at least two weeks.
Horizon CEO Dr. John Dornan says the protocols allow for the redeployment of staff to maintain emergency and critical care services.
Visits in all hospitals in the province are also temporarily canceled.
– with archives from The Canadian Press
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