COVID-19 round-up for Tuesday, May 5 – revenge of the 5th edition

Government of New Brunswick

New Brunswick – For the first time since April 18, 2020, Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health for the province announced there is 1 new confirmed case of COVID-19 in New Brunswick, bringing the total to 119 cases, but this newly identified individual is the only active case.

The new case is an individual aged 30-39 in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) and the means of transmission is under investigation.  

Russell said this new case is still under investigation, but that it is not related to the case identified by public health Canada of an individual who passed through New Brunswick via the Greater Moncton Romeo Leblanc International Airport on Monday, April 27 on Westjet flight 3456 from Toronto which landed at 1:52 p.m.

While Russell doesn’t know which province the traveller moved on to, it is public knowledge the COVID-19 test was not conducted in New Brunswick.

The latest updates and information on confirmed COVID-19 cases and laboratory testing in New Brunswick are available online.

Russell said residents shouldn’t be surprised by the new case, as it was never expected the province would remain at no additional cases given the significant presence of the virus in neighbouring provinces and states.

She said finding the new case indicates the surveillance is working.

“This is part of our new normal,” said Russell.

“New cases will appear and, when they do, we will take the necessary steps to isolate them and track down those they have been in contact with.”

Russell urged any New Brunswickers who are experiencing any two of the symptoms below – even in the most mild form – to call 811 or speak to their family doctor.

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

Russell has stated 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.

Russell said residents must remember if they return to the province from elsewhere, they are required to self-isolate for 14 days. She also said anyone who was on the Westjet flight from Toronto should remain vigilant for symptoms of COVID-19.

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