COVID-19 round-up for Thursday, June 11 – two new cases in the province, feds announce more funding for businesses

Vitalite Health Network photo Campellton Regional Hospital.

New Brunswick – There are two new cases of COVID-19 in the province today, both in Zone 5 – the Campbellton region.

The new cases are:

  • an individual between 30 and 39; and
  • an individual between 40 and 49

Both are employees of the Campbellton Regional Hospital.

Chief Executive Officer of Vitalite Health Network, Gilles Lanteigne, said all stakeholders at the hospital have been “mobilized” to ensure safety protocols are met for patients and staff. Lanteigne said all hospital staff are trained and have access to personal protective equipment.

The state of emergency mandatory order was renewed today under the authority of the Emergency Measures Act.

If you or a member of your family are showing two of the following symptoms, contact Tele-Care 811 or your primary health-care provider for further direction:

  • 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.

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

From a small business in Ottawa today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau started by speaking briefly about events in the House yesterday, where the Conservative Party of Canada did not allow debate on legislation tabled by the Liberal government that included a one-time payment of up to $600 go to Canadians with disabilities.

Trudeau then announced an addition $133 million would be invested in Indigenous businesses in Canada to help protect jobs and help communities “weather this storm”.  He said $117 million of the funds would be specifically to help small and community owned Indigenous businesses “get through this tough time”. The remaining $16 million will be aimed at Indigenous businesses in the tourism sector.

He said today, Minister Catherine McKenna would be releasing the funds promised to municipalities last week to help with everything from infrastructure to transportation needs.

The funds aren’t additional funding, but simply the Gas Tax Fund which was already designated for this purpose.  The only change to the funding is the total amount will be available in one full payment, rather than the normal two separate payments.

For information on various benefit programs, application portals, Canada’s Job Bank, and up-to-date information on COVID-19 nationally, go to www.canada.ca

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