COVID-19 lightening round: Public Health says no sports tournaments, 3,900 more doses of Pfizer vaccine arrive in NB

New Brunswick – Today, Tuesday, Dec. 22, Dr. Jennifer Russell,  Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dorothy Shephard, minister of health, and Blaine Higgs, premier of New Brunswick, provided an update on COVID-19 from Fredericton.

Here’s the lightening round details:

  • Another round of testing took place at Simms Court today
  • Case count at Parkland Saint John remains at 20 – eight employees, one non-Shannex employee, and 11 residents
  • A total of 1,871 individuals received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the clinic held at the hospital in Miramichi over this past weekend. Priority groups who received the vaccinations are:
    • Nine First Nation health centres
    • 365 adult resident facility and long-term care facility staff
    • 352 local Shannex residents and staff
    • 237 Vitalite staff
    • 512 Horizon staff
    • 396 PROMPT, extra-mural, and Ambulance New Brunswick staff
    • Remaining vaccines will go to frontline healthcare workers in Miramichi
  • Zone 4, the Edmundston region moves back to the Yellow phase of recovery at midnight tonight
  • 2 new cases in Zone 1, the Moncton region.  Provincially, there are 46 active cases, two in intensive care
  • Travel related cases are increasing 
  • Public Health has advised sporting tournaments not be allowed to take place until mid-January 2021 at the earliest
  • Stick to your “steady 20” close contacts to reduce the risk of spread, particularly over the holiday season
  • Additional 3,900 doses of Pfizer vaccine arrived in NB today. Half will be the second dose for the first group, additional 975 people will be vaccinated in clinics to be held in Moncton between Wednesday, Dec. 23 and Sunday, Dec. 27
  • Once approved by Health Canada, the Moderna vaccine will soon be available in NB
  • There are currently more than 18,000 active cases in Quebec
  • Government of Canada is monitoring to see if the new variant of COVID-19 has shown up in Canada.  Variants should be expected.

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