COVID-19 round-up: Fredericton region moves to Orange phase, Atlantic Bubble formally bursts, and clarification for Campobello Island residents

New Brunswick – Voicing her concern over the growing caseload of COVID-19 in the province, Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer, along with sidekick Premier Blaine Higgs, announced Zone 3, the Fredericton region, would be shifted back to the Orange phase of recovery at midnight tonight, Thursday, Nov. 26.

Russell said this current spike in cases is being driven by young adults in the 18 to 30-year-old age range, and she is asking all those in that demographic to renew their commitment to following protocols set out by Public Health.

Russell said over half of the current active cases fall into this age group, and for younger New Brunswickers to remember they are not immune to the virus.

Twelve new cases were announced today.

Eight cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are:

  • one individual 19 and under;
  • one individual 20-29;
  • three people 40-49;
  • one individual 60-69;
  • one individual 80-89; and
  • one individual 90-99.

Three cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are:

  • two people 19 and under; and
  • one individual 20-29.

The last case is an individual 20-29 in Zone 1 (Moncton region).

All cases are self-isolating and under investigation.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 465, with 353 recovered. There have been seven deaths, and there are currently active cases is 105 with one hospitalized case. As of Thursday, 120,145 tests have been conducted.

Higgs said while community transmission has not yet occurred in New Brunswick, the current outbreak in Halifax, which has confirmed community transmission, is concerning and shows how easily it can happen, saying, “the threat is real”.

As a result of growing cases in Nova Scotia and across the country, the Atlantic Bubble has become, at least temporarily, defunct, and Higgs today announced as of midnight tonight, regardless of where you travel from, all those returning to New Brunswick from outside the province must self-isolate for 14 days.

From the GNB website: “Registration for travel into New Brunswick, including New Brunswickers returning home from travel, is also now mandatory. Travellers must register at www.gnb.ca/travelregistration. Failure to register can result in penalties.”

Higgs said officers in Zones 1 and 2 have conducted 426 inspections since the return to Orange for those regions, which resulted in 71 fines and 140 compliance letters.

Higgs also followed through with a promise to definitely clarify regulations for Campobello Island residents.

He said residents of the island can travel to Lubec, Maine for essentials such as groceries, and fuel, and to Lubec and/or Machias, Maine for health needs, and may travel back to Campobello without self-isolating.

For details on COVID-19 in New Brunswick, go to www.gnb.ca/coronavirus

For information on COVID-19 cases across the country, go to www.canada.ca

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