COVID-19 round-up for Tuesday, April 7 – the “speaking moistly” edition

New Brunswick – Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell, today spoke about testing, and the ability of COVID-19 to transcend all barriers such as age.

She said the province will continue work to test the “right people at the right time”, and travel outside the province is no longer a primary factor in determining who is tested.

Russell reiterated front line healthcare workers, patients in hospitals and nursing homes, and first responders will be the focus of testing, and priority will also be given to those deemed more vulnerable, such as those who have pre-existing health conditions or those who are over 60-years-old.

There are two new cases in the province today, bringing the total number to 105.

The new cases are:

  • An individual aged 10-19 in Zone 3 (Fredericton region)
  • An individual aged 70-79 in Zone 7 (Miramichi region)

Russell stressed the Zone 3 case was to be a reminder age does not preclude someone from contracting the virus.

“COVID-19 can strike anyone, of any age, in any community in our province,” said Russell. She said it is still vital residents stay home as much as possible, and remain a minimum of six feet away from others if they have to be in a public setting.

Applications for the New Brunswick Workers Emergency Income Benefit will end at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 9. The one-time $900 benefit was created to help to bridge the time between when people lose their employment or close their business to when they receive their federal benefit.

For more information on the application process, provincial assistance programs, and all other COVID-19 details, go to www.gnb.ca/coronavirus

From outside the now familiar Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, a slightly tongue tied Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke once again about Canadian companies who are retooling to manufacture much needed medical supplies and equipment in Canada, including 30,000 ventilators.

“We’re working with Thornhill Medical, CAE, Ventilators for Canadians, and a group led by StarFish Medical to produce up to 30,000 made-in-Canada ventilators,” said Trudeau. “These purchases will help increase our capacity to make sure these life-saving machines are made right here at home.”

Trudeau said the government was also working with Nobel-prize-winning researcher Dr. Art McDonald and a team of scientists to develop a ventilator which will be easy to make.

Trudeau also announced 500,000 N95 masks will be arriving in Canada from manufacturer 3M on Wednesday, and that ongoing conversations with the US administration were peppered with reminders of the back-and-forth nature of goods and services across the Canada/US border.

But the winning moment of the day was during the media scrum after the daily address, when Trudeau was asked for clarification surrounding the wearing of non-medical masks when in public, as mentioned by Dr. Theresa Tam, chief public health officer of Canada, on Monday.

“It protects others more than it protects you because it prevents you from breathing or speaking moistly on them,” said Trudeau, immediately following the comment with “Ugh…what a terrible image,” and a chuckle.

At 6:46 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, there are 17,897 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada. Quebec is still leading the pack with 9340, followed by Ontario at 4726.

For details on applying for all federal assistance funding, and all up to date information on the virus, go to www.canada.ca

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