New Brunswick sees 36 new cases, the highest single day total, Edmundston moves to Red phase of recovery, schools to remain open

New Brunswick – “Wear a mask.  Wash your hands.  It’s not rocket science.”

Those were the frank words from Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Dominic Cardy, today, Sunday, Jan. 17, and Cardy, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell, and Premier Blaine Higgs gathered for an impromptu live press briefing from Fredericton.

The crux of the conference was to announce Zone 4, the Edmundston region, will be moving back to the red phase of recovery at midnight, tonight.

“We must act now to keep this virus from doing more damage we are already seeing,” said Russell.

The move comes on the heels of the province once again hitting an all-time high for single day case load, with 36 new cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 24 of those in Zone 4. Russell added the majority of those 24 cases are “linked to one workplace area”.

“We are at a critical juncture in the course of this pandemic,” added Russell.

She also gave the sober warning Zones 1, 2, and 3 – Moncton, Saint John, and Fredericton regions respectively, were on the precipice of the same shift should numbers not begin to decrease.

Cardy was on hand to explain schools in Zone 4 would remain open, with further protocols in place, saying the department has made efforts to ensure students and staff will remain safe while onsite.

“It is extremely disappointing to be here today,” said Higgs.

“We had hoped that putting the province to the Orange level would be enough to balance out the rise in active cases that occurred over the past holiday season.”

During the briefing on Thursday, Jan. 14, Higgs warned moving to red was the “option of last resort”, but the move would be made if deemed necessary.

The following information is in the press release on the GNB website:

New cases

Zone 1, the Moncton region, five new cases

  • two people 19 and under;
  • an individual 20-29;
  • an individual 40-49; and
  • an individual 70-79.

Zone 2, the Saint John region, four new cases

  • an individual 19 and under;
  • an individual 20-29; and
  • two people 40-49.

Zone 3, the Fredericton region, two new cases

  • two people 20-29.

Zone 4, the Edmundston region, 24 new cases

  • three people 19 and under;
  • three people 30-39;
  • four people 40-49;
  • ten people 50-59; and
  • four people 60-69.

The one case in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) is as follows:

  • an individual 20-29.

All cases are self-isolating and under investigation.

New Brunswick has now seen 947 cases of COVID-19, with 642 recovered.  Twelve individuals have died, and there are 292 active cases. 

The total number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 947, with 642 recovered. There have been 12 deaths related to COVID-19, the number of active cases is 292, and there is currently one individual in the hospital.  Additionally, there are 2,161 residents in self-isolation, and as of today, 172,708 tests have been conducted.

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