Coronavirus Canada Update: New Brunswick reports 16 new COVID-19 cases; active infections drop to 256

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Coronavirus: Nova Scotia reports 14 new COVID-19 cases; vaccination plan ahead of schedule
Coronavirus: Nova Scotia reports 14 new COVID-19 cases; vaccination plan ahead of schedule

New Brunswick health officials have identified 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and 24 recoveries, dropping the total number of active infections in the province to 256.

The cases have been identified in the Moncton region, Fredericton region, Edmundston region, and the Bathurst region.

The five cases in Zone 1 (Moncton) involve:

Two individuals in their 20s
An individual in their 30s
An individual in their 60s
An individual in their 90s and over
The one case in Zone 3 (Fredericton) involves:

An individual in their 50s
The nine cases in Zone 4 (Edmundston) involve:

Two individuals 19 and under
An individual in their 20s
An individual in their 30s
Two individuals in their 50s
An individual in their 60s
Two individuals in their 70s
The one case in Zone 6 (Bathurst) involves:

An individual in their 50s

“Despite the fatigue we are all feeling at this stage in the pandemic, we must stay the course and continue to follow the rules,” said Health Minister Dorothy Shephard. “By restricting our borders and following strict self-isolation guidelines now, we will be able to get outbreaks under control. If we stay on the right track, we will eventually be able to move throughout the province more freely and may even be able to consider reopening the Atlantic Bubble.”

CONFIRMED CASE AT GARDERIE MÉLUBULLES (ZONE 4)
A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Garderie Mélubulles in Edmundston and families have been notified. Public Health notes the child-care facility will close for the next two days to allow contact tracing to be completed.

Residents who have been in close contact with a case will be notified by Public Health. If residents do not hear directly from Public Health, they have not been identified as a close contact.

COVID-19 DATA
New Brunswick has had 1,318 confirmed cases since the pandemic began. In total, 1,043 people have recovered, and 18 people have died as a result of the novel coronavirus.

Five people are currently in hospital, with two in the intensive care unit, according to public health.

Public health says 1,124 COVID-19 tests were completed on Wednesday – 205,919 tests have been administered in total since the pandemic began.

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

Zone 1 – Moncton region: 325 confirmed cases (58 active cases)
Zone 2 – Saint John region: 217 confirmed cases (13 active cases)
Zone 3 – Fredericton region: 234 confirmed cases (13 active cases)
Zone 4 – Edmundston region: 327 confirmed cases (165 active cases)
Zone 5 – Campbellton region: 182 confirmed cases (2 active cases)
Zone 6 – Bathurst region: 25 confirmed cases (3 active cases)
Zone 7 – Miramichi region: 8 confirmed cases (2 active cases)

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