Coronavirus Canada Updates: New Brunswick reports 19 new cases of COVID-19; cases identified at two schools

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Coronavirus Canada Updates: New Brunswick reports 19 new cases of COVID-19; cases identified at two schools
Coronavirus Canada Updates: New Brunswick reports 19 new cases of COVID-19; cases identified at two schools

New Brunswick announced 19 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Seven previously reported cases are now considered recovered, increasing the number of active cases in the province to 230, the largest number of active cases in the province since the pandemic began.

On Wednesday, New Brunswick Health reported one case in Zone 1 (Moncton region), five cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region), three cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region), eight cases in Zone 4 (Edmundston region), one case in Zone 5 (Campbellton region), and one case in Zone 6 (Bathurst region)

The new case in Zone 1 (Moncton) involves:

An individual in their 50s
The five cases in Zone 2 (Saint John) involve:

An individual 19 and under
An individual in their 30s
An individual in their 50s
An individual in their 60s
An individual in their 70s

The three cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton) involve:

An individual 19 and under
An individual in their 20s
An individual in their 40s
The eight cases in Zone 4 (Edmundston) involve:

An individual 19 and under
An individual in their 20s
Two people in their 40s
An individual in their 50s
An individual in their 60s
Two people in their 70s
The one case in Zone 5 (Campbellton) involves:

An individual in their 40s
The one case in Zone 6 (Bathurst) involves:

An individual in their 30s
The New Brunswick government says all cases are self-isolating and being investigated.

TWELFTH DEATH REPORTED

A long-term care facility in Saint John, N.B. has confirmed a third resident died on Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19.

Parkland Saint John confirmed the latest death in an email to residents and their families sent late Tuesday evening.

“We have received confirmation from Public Health that the resident who passed late yesterday had a positive test result returned for their last test. They had not tested positive for COVID-19 during previous rounds of testing,” wrote Greta Drapeau, General Manager of Parkland Saint John in an email.

Tuesday’s three deaths all involved residents in Lily Court, a neighbourhood for seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, at Parkland Saint John’s Tucker Hall.

Earlier Tuesday, Parkland confirmed a resident in their 70s and a resident in their 80s died of underlying complications including COVID-19, one in their 70s and one in their 80s.

“This has been a tragic time for everyone at Tucker Hall, especially for the families of those we have lost,” wrote Derek Green, Vice President, New Brunswick Operations in a post to the Shannex website. “We were privileged to be part of their lives. Each of them was a special member of our community and we will feel their loss greatly.”

The email also confirmed three additional cases of COVID-19 at Tucker Hall, increasing the total number of active cases at the facility to 25, with 14 residents and 11 employees having tested positive.

The latest cases involve two residents, one from Lily Court and one from Portland Court, as well as one employee from Lily Court.

Parkland says the resident of Portland Court was immediately moved to Lily Court, and Public Health is assisting Parkland staff in investigating and conducting thorough contact tracing.

All residents and employees of Tucker Hall will be retested on Thursday, and will undergo testing twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays.

New Brunswick has now seen a total of 12 COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began.

NEW CASES IDENTIFIED AT TWO N.B. SCHOOLS

N.B. health is reporting a pair of positive COVID-19 cases at schools in the province.

One of the new cases was identified Tuesday at Edith Cavell Elementary School in Moncton (Zone 1).

The school was closed on Wednesday for an operational day to allow Public Health to complete contact tracing. Public health says anyone who has been in close contact with the case will be contacted.

Families will be updated on Wednesday as to whether the school will reopen Thursday.

The other new case identified Tuesday was at Cité Des Jeunes A.-M.-Sormany, a French high school in Edmundston (Zone 4).

Students followed their normal schedules on Wednesday, but public health says some students will continue learning from home in the coming days. Public health says anyone who has been in close contact with the case will be contacted.

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