COVID-19 round-up for Wednesday, May 6 – the don’t come around here no more edition

New Brunswick – Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer for the province announced another new confirmed case of COVID-19 today bringing the total number of resolved/active cases to 120.

The new case is an individual aged 20-29 in Zone 2 (Saint John region) and is related to travel outside of New Brunswick.

To date, there have been 120 confirmed cases in New Brunswick. The number of active cases is two and 118 people have recovered from their illness. None of the active cases are in hospital.

Russell also said new information indicates the individual who passed through the Moncton airport was in fact not contagious when entering the province, and had weathered their COVID-19 experience in Alberta. Russell said the mistake was the result of an error in the information process, which is now being examined to eliminate the error occurring again.

The case announced today was self-isolating when symptoms presented and the individual called 811, and it’s believed they did not come into contact with anyone when they arrived in the province.

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

Higgs today said with new announcements coming at the end of the week, businesses need to think about what they require to begin a move to reopening. He said as more restrictions are lifted, businesses need to have a plan in place to protect employees and patrons, and a plan to follow and maintain public health protocols.

The JobMatchNB employment site is now available to those New Brunswickers who are looking for work, and Higgs said new jobs will be added.

He also encouraged employers to participate in the free virtual career fair Tuesday, May 12, and Wednesday May 13 at www.WorkingNB.ca

Finally, Higgs touched on border control in the province, and said borders remain restricted to essential travel only, and borders will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

He said since borders were closed on March 25, five air travellers have been refused entry to the province and had to board outbound flights at their own cost. Additionally, over the last 10 days, an average of 38 vehicles per day have been turned back at the various provincial entry points.

Residents are reminded non-essential travel is restricted, and those who are permitted to enter the province must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

Those travelling through the province to alternate final destinations will be screened on entrance to the province, advised of public health protocols, and told to travel directly to their final destination.

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

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