New Brunswick announced Friday that two more people died of COVID-19. This brings the number of COVID-related deaths in the province to 72.

One person has died between the ages of 80 and 89 in Zone 1 (Moncton region), along with a person aged 90 or older in Zone 5 (Campbellton region).

The province also reported 130 new COVID-19 cases Friday and 72 recoveries. The number of active cases is now 881.

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Of the new cases, 76 – or 58 percent – are from unvaccinated people, 15 – or 11 percent – are from partially vaccinated people, and 40 – or 31 percent – are from fully vaccinated people.

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There are 58 people hospitalized for the virus, with 30 intensive care units. Currently, no one under the age of 19 is hospitalized.

Of those hospitalized, 43 are not vaccinated, four are partially vaccinated and 11 are fully vaccinated.

As of Friday, 81.2 percent of eligible New Brunswick residents are fully vaccinated and 90.3 percent have received their first dose of vaccine.

Circuit breaker in areas with high transmission.

Due to the large number of COVID-19 transmissions, a circuit breaker will be set in certain areas of the province for 14 days starting at 6 p.m. Friday.

The areas to be affected are Zone 1 (Moncton region) as far north as Sainte-Anne-de-Kent and including Havelock in Zone 2; the northern portion of Zone 3 from and including Deerville and Florenceville-Bristol; and all of Zone 4 (Edmundston region), including Menneval in Zone 5.

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Horizon Hospitals Return to Red Alert Level

Horizon Health Network said that all of its hospitals and healthcare facilities will return to red alert level protocols starting October 13 due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

These measures will be in effect for two weeks and then will be reassessed at that time.

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“While we are prepared to deal with surges and outbreaks, the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to have a major effect on our already stressed health care system,” said Dr. John Dornan, President and Chief Executive Officer. Horizon’s interim executive in a statement released Friday.

“Returning to these red alert level protocols will allow us to redeploy staff to maintain our emergency services and ICUs, caring for COVID-19 patients and those who are critically ill,” he added.

This means:

  • Some non-urgent medical procedures and elective surgeries may be postponed.
  • Non-urgent outpatient outpatient clinics and professional services outpatient appointments, including therapeutic services, blood and specimen collection, diagnostic imaging (X-ray), electrodiagnosis, and respiratory therapy, may also be postponed.
  • Visitors will not be allowed in hospitals, as announced on October 7, and will take effect from October 8. There are some exceptions to these visitor restrictions for patients who are eligible for a designated support person.
  • All patients, clients, and support individuals will continue to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and will be asked a series of questions upon entering our facility.
  • Patients are encouraged to seek alternative options for non-urgent health care needs, rather than going to an Emergency Department / Urgent Care Center.
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