NB COVID-19 report: province to provide update this afternoon
The province will provide an update on COVID-19 this afternoon, after two more COVID-related deaths and 238 virus cases were reported over the weekend, and a single-day record of new cases la last week.
Premier Blaine Higgs, Minister of Health Dorothy Shephard and Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health, will participate in the 3 p.m. press conference.
It will be streamed live here on the CBC New Brunswick website and the government YouTube channel in English and French.
Neighboring Nova Scotia has also reported more than 100 cases per day for the past three consecutive days, in part due to an outbreak at St. Francis Xavier University following events related to the annual ceremony of X-Ring at locations both off campus.
Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston and Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, will also hold a press conference at 3 p.m.
New Brunswick has 1,019 active cases across the province.
Thirty-nine people are hospitalized with COVID-19, including 14 in intensive care. Six of them are on a ventilator.
The entire province is currently on level 1 of the COVID-19 winter plan, which is the least restrictive level.
Informal indoor family reunions are limited to 20 people and informal outdoor reunions are limited to 50 people. Masks are mandatory in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Additionally, retailers and salons must enforce physical distancing or require proof of vaccination.
As of Sunday, 82.3% of eligible New Brunswickers were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 88.4% had received their first dose.
The province has recorded 9,604 confirmed cases of the virus since the start of the pandemic, with 8,443 recoveries to date and 140 COVID-related deaths.
A total of 577,683 tests have been performed to date.
42 new cases confirmed in 29 schools across the province
Forty-two new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in 29 schools in six of the seven health zones since Friday, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website said.
Eight of the schools are in the Fredericton area, Zone 3, and are subject to new mandatory daily testing rules the government announced for some students in that area last Friday, citing the recent high number of positive cases.
Of 1,019 active cases in the province, the Fredericton area had the highest number, at 437 on Sunday.
All Kindergarten to Grade 8 students in Fredericton area schools who have had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days or over the next two weeks will need a rapid test every day until December 23, regardless of their vaccination status.
Staff working with Kindergarten to Grade 8 students are “encouraged” to perform daily rapid tests, but this is not mandatory, unless they are identified as close contact of a positive case.
Rapid test kits are expected to be distributed to all Kindergarten to Grade 8 students in this region today. Families can also take rapid tests at several locations across the province.
Daily testing is also recommended in schools that have not had a confirmed case during the same period, but they are not mandatory.
Anyone who receives a positive rapid test result or has a symptom of COVID-19 should self-isolate immediately and book a test at an assessment center.
If the result of the polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, laboratory test is positive, they should continue to isolate and await further public health instructions.
“Due to the recent use of tests and positive cases, public health is experiencing delays in monitoring and testing,” the government said in a press release on Sunday. “Detailed follow-ups are prioritized and may be delayed.”
Public Health added additional resources to the Fredericton assessment center on Sunday and again today to help reduce the backlog of tests.
“All priority groups, which include symptomatic unvaccinated and vaccinated people as well as people with a positive point-of-care test result, are set aside for testing within 24 hours,” the statement said.
Fifteen schools are now holding an operational day related to COVID-19, which means all students or specific groups learn at home.
In the Miramichi region, Zone 7, North and South Esk Regional High School, which was previously unaffected, has at least one case.
Other schools where at least one new positive COVID-19 case has been confirmed include:
- Calédonie Regional High School (Zone 1)
- Anna-Malenfant School (Zone 1)
- Le Sommet School (Zone 1)
- Evergreen Park School (Zone 1)
- Forest Glen School (Moncton Zone 1)
- Maplehurst Middle School (Zone 1)
- Port Elgin Regional School (Zone 1)
- Samuel-de-Champlain School Center (Zone 2)
- Island View School (Zone 2)
- Rothesay Park School (Zone 2)
- Westfield School (Zone 2)
- Devon Middle School (Zone 3)
- Les Éclaireurs School (Zone 3)
- George Street College (Zone 3)
- Gibson-Neill Memorial Elementary School (Zone 3)
- Hartland Community School (Zone 3)
- Meduxnekeag Consolidated School (Zone 3)
- Nashwaaksis College (Zone 3)
- Priestman Street Elementary School (Zone 3)
- Youth hub (Zone 4)
- Mgr-Matthieu-Mazerolle School (Zone 4)
- Saint-Jacques School (Zone 4)
- Polyvalente Thomas-Albert (Zone 4)
- Sainte-Marie Academy (Zone 4)
- The Appalachian Galleon (Zone 5)
- Pain de Sucre High School (Zone 5)
- Gretna Green School (Zone 7)
- Max Aitken Academy (Zone 7)
The website does not indicate how many cases are in each school or whether the cases involve students, teachers or staff.
Fifty-eight schools are currently involved.
A total of 708 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in 170 schools since the start of the school year.
5 cases in 5 daycares
According to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website, five child care facilities previously unaffected by COVID-19 each had one confirmed positive case over the weekend. The facilities include:
- La Marelle Educational Center Educational Center (Zone 1)
- Kreative Kids (Zone 1)
- Rhymes et Chymes Daycare (Zone 2)
- Fredericton Regional Family Resource Center (Zone 3)
- Reconnect (Zone 3)
The website does not indicate whether this case involves a child, staff member, or volunteer.
There have been 117 learning and child care centers affected by COVID-19 since September 7. The total number of cases has not been released.
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People who have not been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before a possible exposure and who have symptoms should undergo a COVID lab test. They can make an appointment online or call Tele-Care 811 and must self-isolate while awaiting the result of their test.
People who are not fully vaccinated and are not showing symptoms are now encouraged to purchase a COVID-19 Rapid Point of Care Test (Rapid POCT) home screening kit. They don’t need to self-isolate if they haven’t been instructed by public health to do so.
All positive point-of-care test results should be confirmed by a laboratory polymerase chain reaction or PCR test.
It can take up to 14 days to test positive after being exposed to COVID-19, so even if the results are negative, people should continue to self-monitor for any symptoms and get tested immediately if they are. expands.
They should also avoid visiting settings where vulnerable populations live, such as nursing homes, correctional facilities and shelters during this 14-day period.
For people who have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before a possible exposure, public health recommends monitoring symptoms for 14 days after possible exposure and taking a COVID lab test if symptoms develop.
They don’t need to isolate themselves while waiting for their test results.
If they don’t have symptoms, they can get a quick test kit and don’t need to self-isolate.
What to do if you have a symptom
People who are concerned about having COVID-19 can take an online self-assessment test.
Public health said symptoms of the disease included fever above 38 ° C, new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, new onset of fatigue and severe pain. breathing difficulties.
In children, symptoms also included purple markings on the fingers and toes.
People with any of these symptoms should stay home, call 811 or their doctor, and follow directions.