COVID-19 round-up for Wednesday, May 27 – the no Yellow for you! edition

New Brunswick – There is one new case of COVID-19 in the province today.  The individual is between the ages of 50 – 59, and is from the Campbellton region, or Zone 5.

Zone 5 extends from Whites Brook to the Village of Belledune, including Tide Head, Atholville, Campbellton, Dalhousie, Eel River Dundee, Eel River Bar First Nation, Balmoral, Charlo and Belledune.

The individual is a healthcare worker who travelled to Quebec for personal reasons, and was “not truthful” about the trip, said NB Premier Blaine Higgs.  The individual also did not self-isolate on returning to New Brunswick, and saw several patients on their return, some of which were at the Campbellton Hospital.

“This is a healthcare worker who saw multiple patients over a two week period following their return to New Brunswick,” said Higgs.  “We are still contact tracing, but we know this zone is currently at a higher risk due to the actions of one irresponsible individual,” he added.

As a result of the increased cases, Zone 5 will now move back into the Orange Phase of recovery, and will have re-imposed restrictions until further notice. 

The following rules apply to Zone 5 only:

  • A two-household bubble is permitted. Your household can join up with one other household, if both households mutually agree. You must not have close contact with anyone else. You cannot join up with more than one household or bubble.
  • Non-regulated health professionals and businesses such as acupuncturists and naturopaths cannot operate at this time.
  • Personal services businesses such as barbers, hair stylists, spas, estheticians, manicurists, pedicurists, and tattoo artists cannot operate at this time.

“We cannot afford to take chances with this virus,” said Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell.  She said the province was taking “immediate action”, and along with the re-imposed restrictions mobile testing units would be set up in Zone 5 as of Thursday morning, and anyone showing any sign of COVID-19 must be tested.

The rest of the province continues it’s move through the Yellow phase of recovery.

Russell said this is why it remains crucial to keep the New Brunswick borders closed to all non-essential travel, and both Russell and Higgs said those coming into the province are obligated under the emergency measures currently in place to self-isolate for 14 days upon doing so.

Russell pointedly reiterated not only the importance of washing your hands, cleaning surfaces, but drove home the protocol of maintaining a minimum distance of 2 metres between yourself and others, and if you cannot physically distance, to wear a face mask.

Russell said to limit close contacts, and avoid unnecessary contact with anyone.

Travel to Campbellton is not recommended unless necessary, and anyone who has been to the Campbellton/Dalhousie region much watch for signs of COVID-19 and be tested immediately if any arise.

“It’s incumbent upon each one of us to do our part,” said Higgs. 

This case brings the total number of cases in New Brunswick to 123. Three of those cases are active, and form the cluster in Zone 5, the Campbellton region.

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.

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

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

From outside Rideau Cottage today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said another report has been released by the Canadian Armed Forces regarding the care standards in nursing homes/long-term care facilities (LTF), but this time the report focuses on Quebec.

While the second report does not appear to have the same level of deficiencies as the report which covered five Ontario nursing homes/LTF’s, Trudeau said the information in the reports is troubling.

“We need to do a better job caring for our seniors,” said Trudeau.

He said he will be broaching the topic of care in LTF’s with the Premier’s in his weekly call on Thursday.

Trudeau shifted gears, and encouraged businesses to apply for any benefit that will allow them to bring back furloughed employees, and also encouraged student to go to the job site at Canada.ca to access the some 44,000 jobs listed for students.

For details on eligibility for the various benefit programs, application portals, Canada’s job bank, and for all details regarding COVID-19 in Canada, go to www.canada.ca

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