NB reports 639 COVID-19 cases since Friday, moving to Level 2 of the Winter Plan at midnight


New Brunswick reported 639 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, along with 438 recoveries, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to 1,850.

This was the province’s first report since Friday, December 24. The province says 309 of the new cases were from Saturday, 179 cases from Sunday and 151 cases from Monday.

Public Health also says that four people have died due to COVID-19 since the December 24 report. An 80-year-old in Zone 1 (Moncton region), an 80-year-old in Zone 3 (Fredericton region), a 70-year-old in Zone 4 (Edmundston region), and a 70-year-old in Zone 7 (Miramichi region)) have died.


There are 14 people in an intensive care unit and another 21 are in the hospital. Of the 35 people hospitalized, 20 are over 60 years old and nine have a ventilator.

There is currently no one 19 or younger in the hospital.

Health officials say the rate of people hospitalized and in the ICU, as well as new cases, continues to have a big impact on people who are not vaccinated.

To date, 147 cases of COVID-19 in the province have been confirmed to be the Omicron variant.


The number of cases is broken down by New Brunswick’s seven health zones:

  • Zone 1 – Moncton Region: 188 confirmed cases (451 active cases)
  • Zone 2 – Saint John Region: 278 confirmed cases (776 active case)
  • Zone 3 – Fredericton Region: 66 confirmed cases (317 active cases)
  • Zone 4 – Edmundston Region: 60 confirmed cases (151 active cases)
  • Zone 5 – Campbellton Region: 10 confirmed cases (24 active cases)
  • Zone 6 – Bathurst Region: 14 confirmed cases (40 active cases)
  • Zone 7 – Miramichi Region: 23 confirmed cases (91 active cases)


Public health says testing centers are seeing an increase in demand for PCR testing.

Additional resources and hours are being added to the Saint John Assessment Center to help clear the backlog of 2,100 requests in Zone 2. All priority groups, including Public Health referrals, healthcare workers, and those who work or living in vulnerable environments are being scheduled within 72 hours. The province says the next priorities are symptomatic people, as well as people with a positive point-of-care test result, who are reserved for a test within 120 hours.

There is a backlog of approximately 640 applications in Zone 3. All priority groups are scheduled within 24 to 48 hours. The next priorities are symptomatic individuals, as well as those with a positive point-of-care test result, who are reserved for a test within 96 hours.

Public health says that if you test positive on a rapid test, you should immediately isolate and reserve a PCR test. Your home should also run a rapid test every day while you wait for your PCR test and results. If you have tested positive on a rapid test, you are asked to notify your close contacts and they, too, should self-monitor for symptoms.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should schedule a CRP test through an assessment center.


The province says 82.8 percent of eligible New Brunswick residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, 89.9 percent have received their first dose of a vaccine, and 18.3 percent have received their dose. reinforcement.


Based on a public health recommendation, all New Brunswick areas will move to Tier 2 of the COVID-19 Winter Plan.

The change to Level 2 will take effect on Monday at 11:59 pm and the following restrictions will 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.


You can find a full list of possible COVID-19 exposure notifications in New Brunswick at province 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.


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