New Brunswick adds six new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing active number to 76

New Brunswick – Today, Monday, October 12, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell announced six new cases of COVID-19 in the province. Three cases are in Zone 1, the Moncton region, and three in Zone 5, the Campbellton region. There are now 76 active cases in the province.

The three cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:

  • one individual between 50 and 59;
  • one individual between 70 and 79; and
  • one individual between 80 and 89.

All of these cases are linked to the outbreak at the Notre-Dame Manor, a special-care home.

The three cases in Zone 5 (Campbellton region) are as follows:

  • one individual under the age of 19;
  • one individual between 20 and 29; and
  • one individual between 60 and 69.

All of these cases are linked to the regional outbreak.

“This is not really the Thanksgiving that we were hoping for or that we wanted,” said Russell, who also added all cases are self-isolating, other than five that are in hospital, one of whom is in intensive care.

Russell encouraged all New Brunswickers to carefully follow public health protocols as they return to work on Tuesday.

“Sometimes the right thing to do isn’t always the easiest thing to do,” said Russell. She added for the bulk of New Brunswick, which remains in the Yellow Phase of recovery, masks are required in all indoor public spaces which includes common areas of workplaces like hallways and meeting rooms.

Masks are mandatory in New Brunswick.

For zones in the Yellow level (zones 2, 3, 4, 6, 7), masks are mandatory in all indoor public places. For zones in the Orange level (zones 1 and 5), masks are mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public places.

Public spaces include:

  • areas where the public gathers and where employees interact with members of the public (retail businesses, malls, service centres, places of worship, restaurants and bars except while eating, etc.) and organized indoor gatherings in public spaces (e.g. weddings, funerals, etc.);
  • common areas like lobbies, elevators and hallways, and public shared spaces including those in private sector and government workspaces; and
  • public transportation
  • outdoor public spaces – anywhere other than the yard of a private single dwelling residence where the public gather, such as parks, playgrounds, markets, dog parks, etc.

Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Dominic Cardy, was also on hand to discuss protocols surrounding schools in Zones 1 and 5 which have been moved back to the Orange Phase of recovery.

For those details, go to www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2020.10.0522.html

Cardy also asked New Brunswickers to be cautious when sharing information on social media, to stop the spread of misinformation.

“Think twice, think three times,” before sharing information online he encouraged.

Cardy said while the dashboard function of the GNB website has only been updated periodically throughout the quiet period over the summer, it will now be updated daily again – at least for the duration of the outbreak.

The dashboard can be found at www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/corporate/promo/covid-19.html

Cardy echoed Russell, saying it’s important to follow public health protocols to stop the current spread of COVID-19 through the province.

“The next two weeks will be critical,” he said.

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