NB Reports 306 New COVID-19 Cases Tuesday; active infections hit a record

New Brunswick reported 306 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, along with 139 recoveries, bringing the total number of active infections to 2,017, the highest active case count the province has seen to date.

Of the new cases on Tuesday:

  • 111 are in the Moncton region (Zone 1)
  • 90 are in the Saint John region (Zone 2)
  • 46 are in the Fredericton region (Zone 3)
  • nine are in the Edmundston region (Zone 4)
  • eight are in the Campbellton region (Zone 5)
  • 18 are in the Bathurst region (Zone 6)
  • 24 are in the Miramichi region (Zone 7)

No new cases of the Omicron variant were identified on Tuesday.

To date, New Brunswick has confirmed 147 cases of the variant.

HOSPITALIZATION UPDATE

There are 38 hospitalized COVID-19 patients in New Brunswick, 13 of whom are in intensive care. Of those who are hospitalized, 22 are over 60 years old and nine are hooked up to a ventilator. There is no hospitalized child under 19 years of age.

The seven-day moving average of hospitalizations is available in the COVID-19 dashboard.

IMMUNIZATION UPDATE

Health officials say that 82.8 percent of eligible New Brunswick residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 90 percent have received their first dose and 18.4 percent have received a booster dose.

A list of those eligible for a booster dose. is available online.

LEVEL 2 RESTRICTIONS

Based on a public health recommendation, all areas of New Brunswick have moved to Level 2 of the province. Winter plan COVID-19.

Moving to Level 2 means the following restrictions apply:

  • 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.

ASSESSMENT CENTER DELAYS

Public health says testing centers continue to see increased demand for PCR testing.

More resources and extended hours have been allocated to the Saint John Assessment Center to help clear the backlog of about 2,100 applications.

All priority groups, including public health referrals, healthcare workers, and those who work or live in vulnerable settings (such as long-term care), are scheduled within 48 hours.

Public health says the next priorities are people with symptoms, as well as those who test positive at the point of care. These people are being booked for a test within 144 hours.

In the Fredericton region (Zone 3), there is a backlog of about 545 requests for PCR tests. All priority groups in this region are scheduled within 24 hours. The following priorities are reserved for a test within 72 hours.

In Zone 1, the Moncton region, the backlog is approximately 500 applications. Public health says that all priority groups in this region are scheduled within 24 hours. The following priorities are reserved for a test within 48 hours.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 by rapid site-of-care testing should immediately isolate themselves and reserve a PCR test.

The person’s home should also run a rapid test every day while they wait for the results of the PCR test.

“In addition, you should notify your close contacts that you have tested positive for a rapid test and advise them to self-monitor for symptoms. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should schedule a PCR test through an assessment center,” it said. read in a statement.

POSSIBLE PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS

A complete list of possible COVID-19 exposure notifications in New Brunswick can be found at website.

Anyone with symptoms of the virus, as well as anyone who has been to the site of a possible public exposure, should request a test online or call Tele-Care at 811 to schedule an appointment.

Reference-atlantic.ctvnews.ca

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