COVID-19 round-up – province goes nine days without a new case, travel bubble begins Friday, July 3

New Brunswick – The province has now gone nine days without a new case of COVID-19.  As of today, Thursday, July 2, there have been a total of 165 cases, three are currently active, two of those are hospitalized, there have been two deaths and 160 individuals have recovered.

On Monday, June 29, the province launched a COVID-19 dashboard, to provide New Brunswickers with quick access to more information about the pandemic in the province:

This new site will allow users to see more detailed data than the previous coronavirus information web page.

The site is set to be updated daily with the latest data about COVID-19 in the province including the number of tests performed, the number of active cases, and the number of hospitalizations. The dashboard is being populated using data provided by regional health authorities, the Department of Health, and the Department of Public Safety.

The site also provides data for health zones, health-care facilities and points of entry for the province.

An Atlantic province travel bubble comes into effect tomorrow, Friday, July 3, allowing residents of the Atlantic provinces to travel within New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador without the requirement of self-isolation, as announced last week by the Council of Atlantic Premiers.

New Brunswickers will be able to cross interprovincial borders into the other Atlantic provinces without the need to self-isolate provided they:

  • have not travelled outside of the Atlantic provinces for any reason, including work or personal travel, in the past 14 days (New Brunswickers returning from work in another Canadian province or territory continue to not be required to self-isolate when they return to New Brunswick);
  • have not been advised to self-isolate;
  • are not awaiting results of a COVID-19 test;
  • are not a child experiencing the symptom of purple markings on the fingers or toes;
  • are not experiencing at least two of the following symptoms:
    • 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; and
    • loss of sense of taste or loss of sense of smell.

Atlantic Canadians will be able to travel to and from New Brunswick without the requirement to self-isolate but will be asked to provide proof of their province of residence. Visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival and may then travel within the Maritime provinces.

All visitors must answer health screening questions from border officers before being admitted to New Brunswick. The questionnaire can be printed and the contact information completed in advance of travel.

Each Atlantic province will choose its own public health processes to track and monitor people that enter their province. Motorists should anticipate delays due to screening measures. In addition, each of the provinces in the Atlantic bubble, may have distinct rules for health-care workers crossing interprovincial borders to enable them to manage their staffing requirements and the pressures within their respective health-care systems.

New Brunswickers should consult the websites of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia or Newfoundland and Labrador before travelling to these provinces to determine the current regulations, requirements and documentation required.

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

Federal briefings are no longer daily, but information is still available at www.canada.ca

The Saint Croix Courier COVID-19 round-up will now move to weekly updates unless an important event related to the virus is announced.

editor@stcroixcourier.ca