COVID-19 round-up for Sunday, May 31 – the truth will out edition

New Brunswick – In a surprise press briefing today, Sunday, May 31, Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, announced three new cases of COVID-19 in Zone 5, the Campbellton region today.

All three cases announced today, and the one case announced Saturday, May 30 are linked to Manoir de la Vallée, a long-term care facility in Zone 5, and are all between 80 to 89-years-old.

These recent cases bring the total number of confirmed cases to 132.  Twelve cases are active, three have been hospitalized, and one individual is in an intensive care unit.  All active cases are in Zone 5. 

NB Premier Blaine Higgs confirmed 10 of the homes 28 staff have now quit, but Extra-Mural Program professionals from Extra-Mural/Ambulance New Brunswick are on site at the long-term care facility coordinating clinical care for residents in collaboration with regional staff from the Department of Social Development, Department of Health, and Vitalité Health Network.

Russell said all the residents of the facility have been tested, and as many staff as possible.

Higgs said all the cases at the home reside on the same unit, which is home to 18 people overall. There are 51 residents of the home in total.

Russell applauded lab techs who processed 1,305 tests yesterday – the largest number in a single day since the start of the pandemic.

While testing centres have been open over the weekend in Zone 5, beginning tomorrow testing will return to the normal protocol of experiencing two of the symptoms of COVID-19 and those who believe they should be tested need to call 811.

Symptoms are:

  • fever above 38°C or signs of fever (such as chills);
  • a new cough or worsening chronic cough;
  • sore throat;
  • runny nose;
  • headache;
  • a new onset of fatigue;
  • a new onset of muscle pain;
  • diarrhea;
  • loss of sense of taste or loss of sense of smell; and
  • in children, purple markings on the fingers or toes. In this instance, testing will be done even if none of the other symptoms are present.

A self-assessment will help you determine if you should be tested for COVID-19.

Information on public health recovery phases, measures and guidelines is available online.

Russell said while the cases have been limited to Zone 5, “we know people have left the region”, and all New Brunswickers need to be vigilant, and continue to follow the recommendations of public health such as washing your hand, wearing a mask if you can’t physically distance, and regularly cleaning surfaces in your home.  Anyone experiencing symptoms should call 811.

Up-to-date information about COVID-19, including the latest data on confirmed cases and laboratory testing in New Brunswick is available online.

There was no national briefing from outside Rideau Cottage today, but all up-to-date information on COVID-19 in the country, including benefit program details, and application portals can be found at www.canada.ca

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