New Brunswick Public Health reported eight new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. With four previously reported cases now considered recovered, the number of active cases in the province has increased from 47 to 51.
Wednesday’s new cases involve:
One case in Zone 1 (Moncton region) involving an individual 20 to 29, whose case is related to international travel.
Five cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) involving:
two people 19 and under;
an individual 20 to 29; and
two people 30 to 39
Of these, three are close contacts of a previously-confirmed case, one is related to international travel and one is under investigation.
Two cases in Zone 4 (Edmundston region), involving an individual 20 to 29, and an individual 30 to 39. Both are close contacts of a previously-confirmed case.
The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 567 and of those, 507 people have recovered. Eight people have died.
Three people are in hospital, two of which are in intensive care.
As of Tuesday, Public Health had conducted 142,228 tests.
VACCINE TO BE ADMINISTERED BEGINNING SATURDAY
While the three other Atlantic Canadian provinces began administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, New Brunswick will begin administering the vaccine on Saturday.
The first 1,950 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived at the Miramichi Regional Hospital on Tuesday morning.
“The applications went out Friday, deadline is (Tuesday) and so those applications will all be vetted to ensure that they’re going to the priority groups and then those decisions will be made,” said N.B. Health Minister Dorothy Shephard on Tuesday.
The doses will be administered to members of the following priority groups this weekend at an immunization clinic at the hospital:
Long-term care residents and staff
Healthcare workers who respond to COVID-19 outbreaks
Extra-mural staff and paramedics
Other healthcare workers
First Nations nurses
Seniors over 85
EDMUNDSTON REGION REMAINS ORANGE
New Brunswick’s Zone 4 (Edmundston region) remains at the Orange level under the province’s COVID-19 recovery plan.
As of Wednesday, 14 of the province’s 51 active cases were located in the Edmundston region.
All other zones in New Brunswick remain at the Yellow level. During this time, Public Health measures and guidelines must still be followed.
The number of cases are broken down by New Brunswick’s seven health zones:
Zone 1 – Moncton region: 147 confirmed cases (4 active cases)
Zone 2 – Saint John region: 127 confirmed cases (15 active cases)
Zone 3 – Fredericton region: 113 confirmed cases (16 active cases)
Zone 4 – Edmundston region: 28 confirmed cases (14 active cases)
Zone 5 – Campbellton region: 137 confirmed cases (0 active cases)
Zone 6 – Bathurst region: 11 confirmed cases (2 active cases)
Zone 7 – Miramichi region: 4 confirmed cases (0 active cases)