COVID-19 round-up for Sunday, March 29 – provincial assistance applications begin Monday, feds announce funding for kids and seniors

New Brunswick – Fifteen new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were announced in the province on Sunday, March 29.

This brings the current number in the province to 66. Two previously identified cases have recovered.

Further analysis is being conducted to determine if these new cases are the result of community transmission.

The total cases to date are:

  • Zone 1 (Moncton Region): 17
  • Zone 2 (Saint John Region): 15
  • Zone 3 (Fredericton Region): 23
  • Zone 4 (Edmundston Region): 4
  • Zone 5 (Campbellton Region): 7

Provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell, advised residents to continue to follow protocols already shared repeatedly. Russell advises residents to continue physical/social distancing, washing your hands regularly, and staying home as much as possible.

This past Tuesday, March 24, the province announced a onetime $900 assistance payment designed to help New Brunswickers who were suffering a loss of income due to COVID-19 bridge the gap between that loss of earnings and federal measures kicking in.

The application portal opens Monday, March 30 at 12 p.m.

To qualify, residents must:

  • have lost his or her job.
  • have been laid off, or be self-employed and have lost all revenue, on or after March 15 due to the state of emergency in New Brunswick.
  • have earned a minimum of $5,000 (gross) in the last 12 months or in the last calendar year.
  • have lost his or her primary source of income.
  • have applied (or plan to apply) for support from the federal government (either Employment Insurance or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit).
  • have no other income.
  • be 18 years or older.

More information on the benefit and the application procedure is available online.

For updated information on COVID-19 in the province, go to www.gnb.ca/coronavirus

During his daily briefing from Rideau Cottage, Prime Minister announced additional funding seniors and kids.

Kids Help Phone will receive an additional $7.5 million in assistance to hire additional counselors and train additional volunteers.

Through the New Horizons Seniors Program, $9 million will be made available to the United Way to assist with everything from home checks to food delivery to seniors who require assistance.

Trudeau also encouraged those who can to donate either their time or funds to those groups who could use the assistance.

For up to date information on COVID-19 in Canada, go to Canada.ca

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