COVID-19 round-up for Tuesday, June 2 – the pause heard round the world edition

Canada – In what has already been played on repeat and dissected, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today paused for a whopping 21 painful seconds before responding to a CBC reporter’s question about POTUS and his comments and actions surrounding the protests in the US.  The reporter asked if in making no comment, what message was Canada’s Prime Minister sending?

What followed was Trudeau visibly wrestling mentally with his response for yes, 21 long seconds.  When he did finally do so, he spoke of his government’s commitment to addressing racial issues here at home, and ultimately, within the response he provided, did not answer the original question. 

Trudeau also spoke about the government’s efforts to secure Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, through various trade outlets, but with the focus remaining on producing the needed equipment here at home.  He said the federal government continues to send PPE to the provinces.

On Monday, June 1, Trudeau announced the federal government would be making $2.2 billion available to municipalities from the Gas Tax Fund.  The money was already slated to be paid out in two payments through 2020, but the entire amount has been made available immediately. 

Payments from the Gas Tax Fund cannot be used for operating expenditures, but capital expenses only.  

There were no new cases of COVID-19 announced in the province yesterday, Monday, June 1, despite 2000 tests processed – which was an all-time high. 

Today, Tuesday, June 2, there is one new confirmed case.

The individual is between 80 and 89 in Zone 5 (Campbellton region) and linked to Manoir de la Vallée, a long-term care facility in Atholville.  All 13 active cases are the result of a travel related case of a doctor who went to Quebec, did not self-isolate on returning to the province, and saw patients on his return to NB.

The healthcare worker in question is Dr. Jean-Robert Ngola did an interview with CBC, and admitted he had gone to Quebec to pick up his daughter, and did not self-isolate on his return to NB, as is the case for many other healthcare workers in the Campbellton region who work in New Brunswick and live in Quebec.

Five cases are in hospital, and one is in the intensive care unit.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 133, 120 have recovered and the number of active cases is 13, which are all in Zone 5. As of today, 30,666 tests have been conducted.

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.

A self-assessment will help you determine if you should be tested for COVID-19.

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

Up-to-date information about COVID-19 is available online.