COVID-19: NB Reports 4 Deaths, 639 Cases Over 3 Days With New Restrictions About To Go into Effect – New Brunswick | The Canadian News

New Brunswick reports 639 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths since the last update on Dec. 24.

In a statement, the province said 309 new cases were found on Saturday, 179 on Sunday and 151 on Monday.

An 80-year-old person in the Moncton region, an 80-year-old person in the Fredericton region, a 70-year-old person in the Edmunston region, and a 70-year-old person in the Miramichi region have all died as a result of the virus. during that time period, the statement said.

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Of the new cases, 188 are in Zone 1 (Moncton region), 278 are in Zone 2 (Saint John region), 66 are in Zone 3 (Fredericton region), 60 are in Zone 4 (region Edmundston), 10 are in Zone 5 (Campbellton region), 14 are in Zone 6 (Bathurst region), and 23 are in Zone 7 (Miramichi region).

There are a total of 35 people in the hospital, including 14 people in intensive care. Nine people are connected to a fan. The statement said that of those in the hospital, 20 are older than 60 years. No one under the age of 19 is hospitalized.

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According to the release, 82.8 percent of eligible New Brunswick residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, 89.9 percent have received their first dose, and 18.3 percent have received one. booster dose.

With 438 recoveries, there are now 1,850 active cases, according to the COVID-19 dashboard.

New restrictions

Starting at 11:59 pm on Monday, the province will move to Level 2 of its winter action plan to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The new restrictions include:

  • The current Steady 20 home is replaced by the Steady 10 home.
  • Customers dining at restaurants must show proof of vaccination and tables must be at least two meters apart.
  • Restaurants, retail stores, shopping malls, businesses, gyms, beauty salons, and spas and entertainment centers can continue to operate, but at 50 percent capacity and with two meters of distance between customers. .
  • For public gatherings, venues cannot hold events with more than 150 people or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less.
  • Places of faith can operate at 50 percent capacity and with physical distance. Choirs are not allowed, but a soloist can perform if they are at least four meters from the congregation.
  • All travelers, including those from New Brunswick returning to the province, must register or have a multi-use travel pass. Travelers arriving by air will receive a rapid test kit.
  • Unvaccinated individuals entering the province must be isolated and tested on Day 10. International travelers must follow federal isolation and testing guidelines and must be tested on Day 5 and 10.
  • Travelers should follow public health measures when in New Brunswick, including wearing a mask, physically distancing themselves, and staying inside a Steady 10.

You can find a full list of what the winter action plan entails in the New Brunswick Government website.

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Arrears test

The statement said that COVID-19 testing centers are experiencing an increase in demand for PCR testing, which has created a delay in some areas.

“Additional resources and hours are being added to the Saint John Assessment Center to help clear the backlog of approximately 2,100 applications in Zone 2,” he said.

All tests for priority groups, including public health referrals, healthcare workers, and those who work and live in vulnerable settings, are scheduled within 72 hours. The next priorities, which are people with symptoms or those who have received a positive point-of-care test result, are reserved for a test within 120 hours.

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In Zone 3, where there is a backlog of approximately 640 applications, tests for the first priority groups are scheduled within 24 to 48 hours, while tests for the next priority groups are booked within 96 hours.

“If you get a positive result from a rapid site-of-care test, you should immediately isolate and reserve your PCR test. Your home should also run a rapid test every day while you wait for your PCR test and test results, ”he said.

“Also, notify your close contacts that you have tested positive on a rapid test and they should self-monitor for symptoms. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should schedule a CRP test through an assessment center. “

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