New Brunswick is preparing to receive its first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages five to 11 on Tuesday, and plans to administer the first doses before the end of the week.
Approximately 54,500 children will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
NB reports 90 new cases, vaccines available for children ages 5 to 11 once doses are received
The vaccines will be carried out through community clinics and pharmacies of the regional health authorities.
So far, 87.5 percent of eligible New Brunswick residents are fully vaccinated and 93.4 percent have received their first dose.
Meanwhile, the province is reporting 62 new cases and 55 recoveries. Additionally, 55 people have recovered, bringing the active COVID-19 case count in the province to 647.
There are 33 people hospitalized, 15 of them in ICU.
Outbreaks at Moncton Hospital, Saint John’s Pension, Dorchester Penitentiary
Horizon Health said Monday that an outbreak was declared in the Family Medicine and Stroke Unit, Unit 4600, at Moncton Hospital.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, there will be no admission or transfer of patients to and from the unit.
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Additionally, the Designated Support Person (DSP) program is temporarily suspended. Horizon Health already has visitor restrictions.
“COVID-19 testing for patients and staff is underway and Horizon is following the improved Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) guidelines,” a statement from Horizon Health reads.
“These temporary measures are in place to ensure the health and safety of our patients and clients, staff, physicians and the community.”
Public Health has also declared an outbreak at Lantern House, a pension in Saint John.
The province said there are four positive cases and members of the Provincial Rapid Outbreak Management Team have been deployed. More tests are scheduled for this week.
Meanwhile, the outbreak at Dorchester Penitentiary continues to grow. According to Correctional Services Canada (CSC), there are now 50 inmates and five staff members in the medium security unit who have tested positive for COVID-19.
CSC noted that one case is not related to the outbreak.
“The outbreak is currently contained in that unit. Staff self-isolate at home, ”wrote Shelley Lawrence, CSC spokesperson.
Lawrence added that CSC is monitoring the situation, testing extensively, and “diligently applying infection prevention and control measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the system.”
Measures include wearing masks, physical distancing, establishing cohorts, and modifying routines.
Rapid tests in child care centers
The rapid test program for schools will be expanded to include day care centers.
Beginning Monday, children ages two and up, as well as staff who identify themselves as a close contact for a confirmed case, will receive a five-, 10-, or 15-day supply of rapid tests.
Children will need to self-isolate for at least 24 hours while they perform their first two rapid tests.
Unless otherwise directed by Public Health, children may return to daycare once they have recorded two negative tests and are symptom free.
“They will be asked to continue testing daily until the end of the period prescribed by Public Health through the instructions they receive with their kits,” the province wrote in a press release.
“Children and staff, regardless of vaccination status, should stay home and undergo a PCR test through Public Health if they have received a notification that they are a close contact and even have a symptom or receive a positive result. in a quick test. “
Additionally, children and staff who are household contacts of confirmed cases “are not eligible to participate in the program and must follow the isolation requirements established by Public Health.”
Of note, any household in New Brunswick with a positive COVID-19 case must isolate for 14 days, regardless of vaccination status, after recently changed rules.
“Household members who are fully vaccinated will be able to come out of isolation with a negative PCR test on day five. A PCR test on day 10 must still be performed to confirm the negative result, ”the statement read.
“Those who violate the Public Health order to self-isolate face a fine of between $ 480 and $ 20,400.”
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Breakdown of cases
The 20 new cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:
- six people age 19 or younger
- one person 20-29
- three people 30-39
- seven people 40-49
- a person 50-59
- two people 60-69
Thirteen cases are under investigation and seven are contacts of previously confirmed cases.
The eight new cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are as follows:
- two people age 19 or younger
- two people 20-29
- a person 30-39
- two people 40-49
- a person 50-59
One case is under investigation and seven cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases.
The 24 new cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are as follows:
- eight people age 19 or younger
- four people 20-29
- five people 30-39
- three people 40-49
- four people 50-59
Seventeen cases are under investigation and seven are contacts of previously confirmed cases.
The three new cases in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) are as follows:
- two people 20-29
- a person 40-49
All three cases are under investigation.
The seven new cases in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) are as follows:
- a person 19 years of age or younger
- two people 40-49
- three people 50-59
- a person 60-69
Five cases are under investigation and two are contacts of previously confirmed cases.
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