New Brunswick is reporting two new COVID-19-related deaths on Saturday.
There have now been 20 total deaths in the province since the pandemic began.
In a press release, health officials confirmed that both deaths occurred in the Edmundston region.
One of the deaths is an individual between 80 and 89 who died on Saturday and was a resident of Manoir Belle Vue, an adult residential facility in Edmundston that has experienced an outbreak of the virus.
The other death is an individual between 60 and 69. No further details were made available.
“On behalf of all of New Brunswickers, Marcia and I offer our sincere condolences to these families and their friends,” said Premier Blaine Higgs in a press release.
“I encourage everyone to keep these people in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We continue to have challenges in the daily case counts, but the trends are improving. Our success depends upon every individual being on guard and following Public Health measures. Our goal is to keep the virus contained and to keep one another safe and healthy.”
The province also announced 12 new cases of the virus on Saturday, combined with 17 additional recoveries from Friday, there are now 221 active cases.
Of the new cases reported on Saturday, one is in the Fredericton region: an individual between the ages of 50 and 59.
There are 10 new cases in the Edmundston region: an individual 19 years old or younger; an individual between the ages of 20 and 29; two people between the ages of 30 and 39; an individual between the ages of 40 and 49; an individual between the ages of 50 and 59; an individual between 70 and 79; and two people 90 years old or older.
There is one new case in the Bathurst region: an individual between 50 and 59.