Coronavirus Canada Updates: New Brunswick reports 5 new cases of COVID-19; potential exposure on Air Canada flights

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Coronavirus Canada Updates: New Brunswick reports 5 new cases of COVID-19; potential exposure on Air Canada flights
Coronavirus Canada Updates: New Brunswick reports 5 new cases of COVID-19; potential exposure on Air Canada flights

New Brunswick Public Health is reporting five new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday in four different regions. Five previously reported cases are now considered resolved, as the active number of cases in the province remains at 46.

Wednesday’s new cases involve:

Two cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region):

an individual under 19; and
an individual 60 to 69.
Of these, one is related to travel and one is a close contact of a known case.

an individual 20 to 29 in Zone 5 (Campbellton region) whose case is travel related;
an individual 50 to 59 in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) whose case is travel related; and
an individual 50 to 59 in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) whose case is travel related.

“We are seeing more travel-related cases, which means it remains very important to keep your number of close contacts low and follow strict self-isolation guidelines for out-of-province travellers, especially during this holiday period,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “We still have a long way to go and limiting your contacts will reduce the spread of infections so we can avoid a surge of new cases in January.”

EXPOSURE NOTIFICATION ON AIR CANADA FLIGHTS

One of Wednesday’s new cases comes with a potential COVID-19 exposure from N.B. Public Health.

Public Health identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious on Dec. 16 while on the following flights:

Air Canada Flight 176 – from Edmonton to Toronto, arrived at 6:30 a.m.
Air Canada Flight 404 – from Toronto to Montreal, arrived at 10:16 a.m.
Air Canada Flight 8902– from Montreal to Moncton, arrived at 3:54 p.m.

Public Health says anyone on those flights should continue to monitor for symptoms and follow the directives given to them during the travel registration process and when they entered New Brunswick.

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