Coronavirus Canada Updates: New Brunswick health officials ‘very concerned’ about Campbellton region

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Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health, announced Monday that the Moncton area will be able to move back into the Yellow level of recovery on Oct. 22, unless there is a significant spike in cases or unlinked transmission reported over the coming days.

Meanwhile, the province remains “very concerned” about the Campbellton region, currently in the Orange level of recovery, because the existing public health measures in place “haven’t worked at containing the outbreak.”

“We are seeing continued transmission in the community and we are seeing that people are not following public health directions,” Dr. Russell said.

The province’s chief medical officer of health explained that some people in the Campbellton region have not been wearing masks and are not practicing physical distancing, primarily in workplace settings and social gatherings. Dr. Russell is urging everyone in the region to limit social contacts to a two family bubble.

She went on to stress to the public that COVID-19 is “very prevalent” outside of New Brunswick, particularly in Ontario and Quebec where the numbers are “very high” and officials have “fallen behind on their ability to stay on top of contact tracing.”

New Brunswick reported three new COVID-19 cases on Monday, all in the Campbellton region. There has also been a possible school exposure identified at la Mosaïque du Nord school in Balmoral with the school closing on Monday “to facilitate necessary contact tracing.”

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