New Brunswick records third death due to COVID-19, and announces possible exposure on Air Canada flight from Toronto

New Brunswick – New Brunswick has recorded its third death related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Public Health confirmed that an individual between 60 and 69 died today in Zone 1- the Moncton region – as a result of underlying complications, of which one was COVID-19.

Premier Blaine Higgs extended his thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the individual, and all those impacted by COVID-19 in the province, saying he was “deeply saddened” to learn of the province’s third death related to the virus.

Public Health confirmed the individual was one of the cases connected to the ongoing outbreak in Zone 1 and had been a resident of the Notre Dame Manor, a special-care home in Moncton.

Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell said it was a “sad moment” for the province, and was sending her “heartfelt condolences” to the family and friends of the individual.

New cases

Public Health reported five new cases of COVID-19 today, Sunday, October 18.

Three cases are in Zone 5 –  the Campbellton region – are as follows:

  • one individual under 19;
  • one individual between 60 and 69; and
  • one individual between 50 and 59.

All of these cases are self-isolating and under investigation.

Two cases in Zone 1 –  Moncton region – are as follows:

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

These two cases are linked to a previous confirmed case and are self-isolating.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 310 and 203 have recovered. There have been three deaths, and the number of active cases is 104. Three patients are hospitalized with one in an intensive care unit. As of today, 92,060 tests have been conducted.

Exposure notification

Public Health has identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious on Oct. 8 while on the following flight:

  • Air Canada Flight 8954 – from Toronto to Fredericton.

Individuals who travelled on this flight should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the flight. Should any COVID-19 symptoms develop, they are directed to self-isolate and take the self-assessment online or to call 811 to get tested.

Zones 1 and 5 are Orange

Zone 1 and Zone 5 remain at the Orange level under the province’s COVID-19 recovery plan. Orange level rules are available online.

All other zones in New Brunswick remain at the Yellow phase of recovery. During this time, Public Health measures and guidelines must still be followed.

To confirm the boundaries of each health zone, see the map available at:

COVID-19 Dashboard (mobile and most browsers)

COVID-19 Dashboard (for Internet Explorer users)