New Brunswick Reports 16 COVID-Related Deaths, Jump In Hospitalizations

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New Brunswick Reports 16 COVID-Related Deaths, Jump In Hospitalizations
New Brunswick Reports 16 COVID-Related Deaths, Jump In Hospitalizations

New Brunswick health officials are reporting 16 deaths related to COVID-19 over the past week.

That is according to the latest update of the COVID-19 dashboard, which includes data from March 13 to 19.

Public Health says the deaths involve two people in their 40s, three in their 60s, five in their 70s, five in their 80s, and one person 90 and over.

The deaths were reported in six of the province’s seven health zones, with the Moncton health region reporting the most at five, followed by the Saint John and Bathurst regions with four each.

There are 129 people in the hospital with COVID-19, an increase of 30 since the last update one week ago. Figures show 71 were admitted for COVID-19 while 58 were admitted for other reasons.

Of those in the hospital, 16 are in an intensive care unit, an increase of three. The number of people on a ventilator has dropped by two to five.

Four people under the age of 20 are in the hospital, including one in intensive care.

Hospitals across the province are now at 91 per cent occupancy while intensive care units are at 62 per cent occupancy.

The number of health care workers isolating related to the virus stands at 490, down slightly from 513 a week ago.

Over the past week, the province recorded 2,781 positive PCR tests and 3,141 rapid tests.

There have been a total of 45,326 positive rapid tests since the province started reporting the figure on Jan. 5. That surpasses the 45,101 PCR-confirmed cases reported throughout the entire pandemic.

When it comes to vaccinations, 93 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, 87.5 per cent have received two doses, and 51 per cent have received a booster dose.

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