New Brunswick reports 3rd COVID-19 death this week at Grand Falls special care home

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New Brunswick reports 3rd COVID-19 death this week at Grand Falls special care home
New Brunswick reports 3rd COVID-19 death this week at Grand Falls special care home

A third person has died this week as a result of COVID-19 at a special care home in Grand Falls, N.B.

The province announced the death, which involved a person in their 70s, on Wednesday. This brings the total number of deaths in the province to 39.

The person was a resident of Pavillon Beau-Lieu, which is currently dealing with an outbreak of the virus.

The deaths of two other residents of the home, which is located in Zone 4 (Edmundston region), were reported on Sunday and Monday of this week.

“Every time we learn that someone else has lost their life as a result of COVID-19 it is a tragic reminder of the damage this virus can cause,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, in a news release.

Eleven new cases

Meanwhile, the province reported 11 new cases of COVID-19.

There are three cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region), one case in Zone 2 (Saint John region), one case in Zone 3 (Fredericton region), five cases in Zone 4 (Edmundston region) and one case in one 6 (Bathurst region).

All cases are either travel-related or contacts of previously-reported cases, except for one case in Zone 1 (Moncton region), which is under investigation.

There are 145 active cases in the province. Six patients are in hospital, including two in ICU.

Update on UNB residence outbreak, possible exposures at two schools

Residents of two UNB Fredericton campus residences remain in self-isolation following an outbreak at Magee House involving the B.1.167 variant, first detected in India.

Residents and staff at Magee House were tested on Sunday and additional testing is taking place Wednesday. The isolation period for people there who have tested negative “throughout this process” could end this Saturday.

Meanwhile, residents and staff of Elizabeth Parr-Johnston residence were tested on Monday. Their isolation will be lifted Wednesday night at 11:59 p.m.

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