Reminder of Level 1 COVID measures / 66 recoveries, 77 new cases04 December 2021
FREDERICTON (GNB) – As of 11:59 p.m. tonight, New Brunswick will enter into Level 1 of the alert system outlined in the province’s Winter Action Plan. This is the least restrictive of the three levels.
Measures in Level 1 include masking outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained and physical distancing in indoor public spaces that do not require proof of vaccination, such as retail stores, malls, salons and spas. These locations can choose to either implement physical distancing measures or require proof of vaccination for all patrons.
"Physical distancing helps limit the spread of COVID-19,” said Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “This means keeping a safe distance from others who are not part of your regular contacts and avoiding spending time in crowded places or in large groups. Businesses that currently don’t require proof of vaccination, like retail stores and salons, can enforce physical distancing through measures such as using directional arrows, reducing their capacity and preventing groups from congregating. Businesses can further reduce contacts by offering delivery and curbside pickup options.”
A maximum of 20 people is permitted for informal indoor household gatherings, and 50 for informal outdoor gatherings. Due to the higher risk associated with being unvaccinated, it is recommended that unvaccinated individuals who are eligible to be vaccinated do not attend household gatherings.
More information on the plan is available online.
66 recoveries, 77 new cases
Public Health reported today that 66 people have recovered from COVID-19 and there are 77 new cases of the virus, with the active number of cases at 722.
There are 16 people in intensive care and another 35 are in hospital for a total of 51 people hospitalized. Of those in hospital, 27 are over the age of 60. Ten people are on a ventilator. There is one person under 19 currently hospitalized.
Eighteen of the 51 people hospitalized were initially admitted for other reasons and contracted COVID-19 due to outbreaks at hospitals in Moncton, Saint John and Miramichi. Most of those people infected are currently exhibiting mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19.
More information about the outbreaks is available on the Horizon Health Network website.
The rate of people hospitalized and in ICU, as well as new cases, continues to most greatly impact people who are unvaccinated. Information about the rates of cases and hospitalizations based on vaccination status is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.
Public Health reported today that 81.9 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 87.1 per cent have received their first dose.
Health-care personnel – including those working in long-term care facilities – and residents of First Nations communities can book an appointment to receive an mRNA COVID-19 booster dose if six months have passed since their second dose. They must bring their proof of vaccination, i.e. immunization record, to their appointment.
People 65 and older and school personnel are permitted to book an appointment to receive a booster dose if six months have passed since their second dose.
Fully vaccinated people who have received one or two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are permitted to book an appointment to receive an mRNA booster dose if 28 days have passed since their second dose.
International travellers with mixed first two doses of vaccine products are eligible to book an appointment to receive an mRNA booster dose. This applies to anyone who must travel outside of North America for work, education or medical procedures. This mRNA booster dose will be available as long as 28 days have passed since their previous dose.
A detailed list of those eligible for a booster dose is available online.
Booster eligibility will be expanded next week to people in their 50s. In the coming weeks, eligibility will be expanded to those in their 40s, followed by all other New Brunswickers.
Appointments for first and second doses, as well as a booster dose for those eligible, can be scheduled for a regional health authority community COVID-19 vaccination clinic through the online booking system or at a participating pharmacy. Residents of First Nations communities can also book an appointment at a community clinic.
A list of upcoming mobile and walk-in clinics is available online.
Regional breakdown of new cases
The 12 new cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:
· five people 19 and under;
· two people 20-29;
· two people 30-39;
· one person 40-49;
· one person 50-59; and
· one person 60-69.
Eight cases are under investigation and four are contacts of previously confirmed cases.
The 22 new cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are as follows:
· nine people 19 and under;
· one person 20-29;
· three people 30-39;
· two people 40-49;
· three people 50-59;
· two people 60-69; and
· two people 70-79.
Nine cases are under investigation and 13 are contacts of previously confirmed cases.
The 22 new cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are as follows:
· 12 people 19 and under;
· seven people 20-29;
· two people 30-39; and
· one person 70-79.
Seventeen cases are under investigation and five are contacts of previously confirmed cases.
The one new case in Zone 4 (Edmundston region) is a person 19 and under. This case is under investigation.
The five new cases in Zone 5 (Campbellton region) are as follows:
· two people 19 and under;
· one person 20-29;
· one person 40-49; and
· one person 50-59.
Two cases are under investigation and three are contacts of previously confirmed cases.
The one new case in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) is a person 20-29 who is a contact of a previously confirmed case.
The 14 news cases in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) are as follows:
· five people 19 and under;
· one person 30-39;
· two people 40-49
· three people 50-59;
· one person 60-69;
· one person 70-79; and
· one person 80-89.
Four cases are under investigation and 10 are contacts of previously confirmed cases.
Additional information is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.
Any household in New Brunswick with a positive case of COVID-19 must isolate for 14 days, regardless of vaccination status.
Household members who are fully vaccinated will be able to leave isolation with a day-five negative PCR test. A day-10 PCR test must still be taken to confirm the negative result.
Those who violate the Public Health order to self-isolate face a fine of between $480 and $20,400.
Potential public exposures
Anyone with two or more symptoms of the virus is urged to request a test online to get an appointment.
If you have been at the site of a possible public exposure, but remain asymptomatic, you may be able to pick up a rapid-screening kit (while supplies last).
A map of potential public exposures can also be found on the COVID-19 dashboard.04-12-21