Province announces 13 new cases, Campbellton and Moncton move back to Orange level of recovery, and a new exposure identified

New Brunswick – In a press briefing from Fredericton, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell, and Premier Blaine Higgs announced today, Friday, October 9, 13 new cases of COVID-19 in the province,  Zone 1- the Moncton region and Zone 5 – the Campbellton region, are transitioning back to Orange level, as of midnight tonight, under the province’s COVID-19 recovery plan.  Additionally, the mandatory emergency order has also been revised, a high school has been closed, and there is a new exposure notification.

One new case is an individual between 40 and 49 in Zone 1 – the Moncton region.

The remaining cases are all in Zone 5 – the Campbellton region, as follows:

  • an individual between 20 and 29;
  • an individual between 30 and 39;
  • four people between 40 and 49;
  • an individual between 50 and 59;
  • four people between 60 and 69; and
  • an individual between 70 and 79.

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

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 238 and 199 have recovered. There have been two deaths, and the number of active cases is 37. Three patients are hospitalized with none in an intensive care unit. As of today, 83,173 tests have been conducted.

“There was a social media post that had a very different number than that, but I am telling you based on the most accurate up-to-date information, it is 13,” said Russell.

“While these new cases are not welcome, as I have said before, they are not unexpected given what we are seeing in our neighbouring jurisdictions,” she added.  

Russell also announced Zone 1 and Zone 5 are returning to the Orange level of recovery.

“This afternoon, public health recommended to the government that Zone 1 and Zone 5 immediately transition back to the Orange level under the provinces COVID-19 recovery plan,” said Russell.

“And I know that this sounds like big news, which it is, because we haven’t had to do that since region 5 had their outbreak several months ago.

“The recommendation around Zone 1 in terms of going to Orange – it was due to additional public health exposures identified through the investigation of existing cases, cases of potential community transmission being investigated, and reports of low compliance with directives in some higher risk settings,” said Russell.

“And the recommendation for Zone 5 is due to the community outbreak that involves several exposure settings, cases of potential community transmission being investigated, and reports of low compliance with directives in some higher risk settings.”

“As we heard from Dr. Russell, public health is recommending that we move to the Orange alert level in Zone 1, the Greater Moncton region, and in Zone 5, the Campbellton region, due to the increase in cases in these areas,” said Higgs.  

“I met with cabinet, and the all-party cabinet committee on COVID-19 this afternoon, and we have the decision to follow this advice,” he added.

“As Dr. Russell explained, this recommendation was made because of additional potential public exposures to the virus identified through the investigation of existing cases, possible community transmission, and reports of low compliance in some higher risk settings.

“It is not an easy choice to move any area of this province to Orange. But we must all use the tools available for us to slow down the spread of this virus.”

The following rules apply to Zones 1 and 5 only:

  • Two household bubble plus formal or informal caregivers and members of immediate family (parents, children, siblings and grand-parents) is permitted.
  • Outdoor gatherings with physical distancing of 10 people or fewer are permitted. Physical distancing required in all other settings.
  • Indoor religious services, weddings and funerals of 10 people or fewer are permitted.
  • Face masks remain mandatory in all public spaces, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Non-urgent medical procedures and elective surgeries allowed.
  • Strict visitor restrictions are maintained in vulnerable settings.
  • Primary care providers and regulated health professionals may operate utilizing virtual appointments whenever possible.
  • Unregulated health professionals are allowed, however, close contact personal services such as barbers, hair stylists or spas are closed.
  • Daycares and K to 12 schools are open under strict guidance, with virtual learning to be used for at-risk populations. Day camps are allowed.
  • Post-secondary education can continue to operate.
  • Outdoor recreational activities are allowed, including campgrounds, ATV or snowmobile trails. However, no organized sports are allowed.
  • Gym and fitness facilities are closed, including other similar sport or recreational businesses or facilities.
  • Casinos, amusement centres, bingo halls, arcades, cinemas and large live performance venues are closed.
  • All other businesses, including food, beverage and retail, can operate under a COVID-19 operational plan. Record keeping for seated venues is a requirement.

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

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

Mandatory order revised

The state of emergency mandatory order was revised Thursday, Oct. 8 to make masks mandatory in indoor public spaces and to change the travel restrictions at the Quebec border. Today, Friday, Oct. 9, the order was revised to move Zone 5 and Zone 1 to the Orange level of alert.

Sugarloaf High School

A positive case has been confirmed at Sugarloaf High School in Campbellton. As a result, the school is closed today. Staff are working on providing students with access to their belongings and anything they may require for online learning. All students from the high school will be learning remotely on Tuesday, Oct. 13 and Wednesday, Oct. 14. This will give teachers time to prepare for the transition to full-time online learning for the students from Quebec, which goes into effect on Tuesday.

Exposure notification

Public Health has identified a potential public exposure to the virus at the McDonald’s Restaurant on Morton Avenue in Moncton. People who visited this location between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. from Sept. 28 to Oct. 5. should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days. Should any COVID-19 symptoms develop, they are directed to self-isolate and take the self-assessment online or call 811 to get tested.

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