Coronavirus Canada Updates: New Brunswick reports 7 new COVID-19 cases; ‘superspreader event’ confirmed in Saint John area

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Coronavirus: The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Saturday, June 12, 2021
Coronavirus: The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Saturday, June 12, 2021

New Brunswick Public Health is reporting seven new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, and 11 more recoveries, dropping the total number of active cases to 116 in the province.

The new cases include four cases in Zone 2 and three new cases in Zone 3.

To date, the number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 508 and 385 people have recovered. There have been seven deaths, and the number of active cases is 116 with no one in hospital. The province has conducted 126,678 tests.

SEVEN NEW CASES

The four cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are as follows:

One individual under 19 years old.
One individual 20-29.
Two people ages 50-59.
The three new cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) involve:

One individual under 19 years old.
One individual 50-59.
One individual 60-69.
All individuals are self-isolating and the cases are under investigation.

SAINT JOHN ‘SUPERSPREADER EVENT’ CONFIRMED

During a news update on Tuesday, Dr. Jennifer Russell confirmed that at least 60 cases of COVID-19 can be traced back to a ‘superspreader event’ in the Saint John area.

“The event is responsible for more than 80 per cent of the current active cases in this particular zone. And, we have determined that 34 people that have attended this superspreader event have since contracted COVID-19 – and a further 26 cases were contracted indirectly when attendees infected others that they came into contact with,” said Russell.

Russell did not give additional information about the Saint John ‘superspreader event’, other than confirming it “occurred at two venues in the course of one evening.”

Russell also provided a definition of a superspreader event as: “When a large number of cases are traced to a single gathering or event, with COVID-19 being transmitted from one individual, or a relatively small number of individuals who were in attendance while infectious.”

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