One individual determined to be cause of 60 direct or indirect cases of COVID-19 in Saint John region

New Brunswick – Public Heath reported seven new cases of COVID-19 today, Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The four cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are as follows:

  • one individual 19 and under;
  • one individual 20-29; and
  • two people 50-59.

The three cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are as follows:

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

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

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 508 and 385 have recovered. There have been seven deaths, and the number of active cases is 116 with none in the hospital. As of today, 126,678 tests have been conducted.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health said while Zones 1, 2, and 3 are making good strides to returning to the Yellow phase of recovery, none of the three are quite there yet.

Public Health has determined that a single event in the Saint John area, held at two venues over a single evening, is the source of more than 80 per cent of recent cases in Zone 2. An individual who was asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic attended an event, which has resulted in 60 direct and indirect confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Dr. Russell said this illustrates the importance of masking and maintaining physical distance at all times when in public.

Exposure notifications

Public Health follows a standard process when addressing instances where the public may have been exposed to a case of COVID-19. In cases where record-keeping is able to identify anyone who may have been exposed, officials contact these individuals directly and do not issue a separate announcement. In cases where officials cannot be certain of exactly who may have been exposed to the virus in a given location, Public Health issues an announcement to alert those who could have been affected and provide instructions.

Public Health has identified potential public exposure to the virus at the following locations in Zone 2:

  • Cask and Kettle on Nov. 17 between 8 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. (112 Prince William St., Saint John);
  • Churchill’s Pub on Nov. 20 between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. (8 Grannan St., Saint John).
  • Picaroons on Nov. 21 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. (30 Canterbury St., Saint John).
  • Thandi’s Restaurant on Nov. 21 between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. (33 Canterbury St., Saint John).

If you were at any of these locations, and you have no symptoms of COVID-19, self monitor and follow all Public Health guidelines. If you are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 and do not need to talk to a nurse, complete the self-assessment and get tested.

Avoid visiting settings with vulnerable populations such as nursing homes, correctional facilities, and shelters over the next 14 days. Wash your hands frequently.