COVID-19 round-up for Friday, May 1 – the closed until further notice edition

New Brunswick – For the thirteenth day running, there are no new cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick.

Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell, said with the expansion testing protocols, there have been increased calls to 811, and approximately 500 tests done in the last 24 hours.

Of the 118 confirmed cases, 116 have recovered and neither of the remaining 2 are in hospital.

Russell said if you are suffering from any of the new list of symptoms, don’t downplay the significance and be sure to call 811.

The new symptoms are:

  • 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.

These symptoms are in addition to:

  • fever above 38°C;
  • a new cough or worsening chronic cough;
  • sore throat;
  • runny nose; and
  • headache.

Russell noted that in the case of children with purple markings on their fingers or toes, testing will be done even if none of the other symptoms are present.

She also reminded New Brunswickers that your two family bubble must be exclusive. Households cannot interchange who they interact with.

NB Premier Blaine Higgs said as we hit 13 days without a new case of the virus, we can be “cautiously optimistic, with the emphasis on caution”.

Higgs also reminded New Brunswickers the provincial borders are still closed to all non-essential traffic, which includes those who have travelled to the province by road and by air.

“Travellers who are trying to enter New Brunswick for non-essential reasons are being turned away,” said Higgs. He said even those arriving in New Brunswick by air are being turned back at their own expense if they do not own a residence in the province or are here for a specific reason other than simply visiting.

“These steps are necessary to keep New Brunswickers safe,” said Higgs.

Higgs also reminded New Brunswickers flood season is upon us, and to remain vigilant if you live in flood regions.

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