FREDERICTON (GNB) – Over the past seven days, hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have continued to trend downward in New Brunswick, while the number of cases in intensive care units remains stable.

The province is currently in Level 1 of the government’s COVID-19 Winter Plan. The seven-day rolling average of hospitalizations is now available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

There are 11 people in intensive care and another 21 are in hospital for a total of 32 people hospitalized. Of those in hospital, 18 are over the age of 60 and five people are on a ventilator. There is no one 19 and under hospitalized.

Seven of the 32 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 these people are exhibiting mild to moderate symptoms.

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.

All New Brunswickers who are eligible for vaccination or a booster dose are encouraged to schedule an appointment through a regional health authority community COVID-19 vaccination clinic through the online booking system or at a participating pharmacy.

To support the demand for vaccination appointments, work is underway to add more clinics to supply pediatric vaccinations and booster doses.

If you are 50 or older or in a current eligible group and due for a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine at any time in December, you can book an appointment now even though a full six months may not have passed. In the coming weeks, eligibility for booster doses will be expanded to those in their 40s, and then to all other New Brunswickers. Anyone who is 50 or older or in a current eligible group and received their second dose in July, is eligible for their booster dose anytime in January.

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

Public Health reported today that 82.3 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, 88.3 per cent have received their first dose, and 8.7 per cent have received a booster dose.

Rapid point of care test screening reminders

Everyone, including those who are fully vaccinated, who receives a positive result from an at-home rapid test must self-isolate and book a diagnostic PCR test at an Assessment Centre using the online referral form.

Rapid screening kits can be picked up at locations through Horizon Health Network or Vitalité Health Network.

Rapid tests are very helpful in slowing the spread of COVID-19, but they only reflect your health status at the time of testing.

92 recoveries / 126 new cases

Today, 92 people have recovered from COVID-19 and there are 126 new cases of the virus, with the active number of cases at 1,003

Public Health has confirmed a person 60-69 in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) has died as a result of COVID-19. A person 30-39 in Zone 1 (Moncton region) who had COVID-19 died of non COVID-19 related reasons.

Regional breakdown of new cases

The 37 new cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:

  • three people nine and under;
  • a person 10-19;
  • 12 people 20-29;
  • nine people 30-39;
  • nine people 40-49;
  • two people 50-59; and
  • a person 60-69.

Thirty-two cases are under investigation and five are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The 20 new cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are as follows:

  • a person nine and under;
  • two people 10-19;
  • three people 20-29;
  • two people 30-39;
  • three people 40-49;
  • two people 50-59;
  • four people 60-69;
  • two people 70-79; and
  • a person 80-89.

Fifteen cases are under investigation and five cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The 38 new cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are as follows:

  • nine people nine and under;
  • six people 10-19;
  • five people 20-29;
  • two people 30-39;
  • six people 40-49;
  • seven people 50-59;
  • two people 60-69; and
  • a person 70-79.

Twenty-seven cases are under investigation and 11 cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The 11 new cases in Zone 4 (Edmundston region) are as follows:

  • three people nine and under;
  • two people 10-19;
  • two people 20-29;
  • two people 30-39;
  • a person 40-49; and
  • a person 60-69.

Ten cases are under investigation and one case is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

The four new case in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) are as follows:

  • two people 40-49;
  • a person 50-59; and
  • a person 60-60.

Three cases are under investigation and one case is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

The 16 new cases in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) are as follows:

  • two people nine and under;
  • a person 10-19;
  • two people 20-29;
  • five people 30-39;
  • two people 60-69; and
  • four people 70-79.

Nine cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and seven cases are under investigation.

Additional information is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

Learn more:

All of New Brunswick is currently in the Level 1 phase of the winter plan to manage COVID-19. More information on the plan is available online.

Any household in New Brunswick with a positive case of COVID-19 must isolate for 14 days, regardless of vaccination status. Individuals advised by Public Health or a physician, including confirmed cases of COVID-19, must isolate. More information about isolation is available online.

Potential public exposure locations and dates are listed online. A map of potential public exposures can also be found on the COVID-19 dashboard.

Information and resources to help New Brunswickers live with COVID-19 is available on the COVID-19 guidance and resources webpage.

Information about testing, including booking PCR tests and using rapid tests, is available at www.gnb.ca/GetTestedCOVID19.

Travellers, including New Brunswickers returning to the province, must register their travel with the travel registration program.

Holiday guidelines for individuals, retailers and event organizers on how to plan for a happy and safe holiday season are available online.