New Brunswick – It was all hands on deck today, Tuesday, October 13, as Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Dominic Cardy, and Premier Blaine Higgs announced six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province, along with declaring another outbreak at Manoir de la Sagesse, a special care home in Campbellton. Additionally, Cardy said there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Dalhousie Regional High School, along with possible exposures at three other schools.
The outbreak at Manoir de la Sagesse was declared by Public Health following one confirmed case on the premises.
“This latest outbreak at a seniors home is another stark reminder of the threat posed by COVID-19 and the ease with which it can spread,” said Russell.
The provincial response team, PROMPT, is on site doing rapid testing and contact tracing of the facility’s residents and staff today.
The five cases in Zone 5 (Campbellton region) are as follows:
- one individual 19 or under;
- one individual between 30 and 39;
- one individual between 50 and 59; and
- two people between 60 and 69.
All of these cases are linked to the regional outbreak and are self-isolating.
In addition, Public Health reported one new case in Zone 1 (Moncton region) in an individual between 70 and 79. This case is linked to the outbreak at the Notre-Dame Manor, a special-care home, and is self-isolating.
The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 284 and 200 have recovered. There have been two deaths, and the number of active cases is 82. Five patients are hospitalized with one in an intensive care unit. As of today, 86,723 tests have been conducted.
Russell also addressed the new provincial mandatory mask protocol.
“It is absolutely vital that everyone in every region of our province adhere to the new mask rules,” said Russell.
“COVID-19 is with us, and we all have a role in slowing its spread.
“By wearing a mask, we’re protecting our families, our friends, and the vulnerable members of our society.
“I feel strongly that the rules we’ve put in place are not unreasonable,” said Higgs.
“They may be inconvenient, but they are certainly necessary.”
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 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:
Schools in Zone 5
On Monday, October 12, school communities were made aware of possible exposure to a COVID-19 case at a number of Campbellton schools. These include: Lord Beaverbrook School, Campbellton Middle School and Campbellton Learning Centre.
If you or a family member has been in close contact with the case, you will be notified by Public Health for contact tracing.
At this time, it is not anticipated that learning will be impacted at Lord Beaverbrook School, Campbellton Middle School or Campbellton Learning Centre. Students at Dalhousie Regional High School will learn from home today and Wednesday as contact tracing is carried out and staff are able to implement their operational response.
Cardy asked all New Brunswickers to be cautious about what they share online, and to verify information and obtain information from legitimate sources like the Government of New Brunswick website, school websites and public health.
“I want to reiterate something because I’m continuing to see on social media and in the mainstream media misinformation – partial truths, being shared that actively damage our provincial response to COVID-19 and actively endanger the lives and safety of people in this province,” said Cardy.
“Loose lips sink ships,” he said.
“Every time a rumour starts on social media that then turns into an interview on the radio that spreads misinformation, takes time that Dr. Russell and her team and resources that Dr. Russell and her team need to fight COVID-19,” said Cardy.
“They have to spend that time fighting misinformation instead.
“So, misinformation is a symptom of COVID-19 and all of us have a role in stamping it out.”