Seventeen new cases of COVID-19 announced in New Brunswick – largest single day total since the pandemic began

All 17 new cases part of outbreak at Manoire Notre Dame special care home in Moncton

New Brunswick – In a press briefing from Fredericton today, Wednesday, Oct. 7, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell and Premier Blaine Higgs offered an update on the ongoing situation at Manoir Notre Dame in Moncton, which included 17 new cases of COVID-19 effecting residents, staff, and family members of residents.

The new cases are:

  • two people between 20 and 29;
  • three people between 40 and 49;
  • one individual between 50 and 59;
  • two people between 60 and 69;
  • five people between 70 and 79;
  • two people between 80 and 89; and,
  • two people over 90.

“With the two cases announced Tuesday, there are now 19 confirmed cases at this special care home, and that is 13 residents, four healthcare workers, and two family members who were close contacts of an infected resident, said Russell.

All of these cases are self-isolating.  How the virus made its way into the facility is as yet unknown.

“As I said yesterday, this outbreak was not unexpected as we are seeing outbreaks in increasing numbers in our neighbouring jurisdictions.  And so it did not find us unprepared,” she added.

“We have launched a coordinated response to care for those who have become infected and protect those who the virus has not yet touched.”

Public Health is also continuing to investigate and has sent in a clinical care team, tested 153 residents and staff, and started contact tracing yesterday. Social workers are communicating with the families of the residents.

“The 17 new cases announced today represents the largest one day outbreak our province has experienced to date,” said Higgs.

“We hoped that this day wouldn’t come, but here we are. So what it means is we have to become even more diligent, even more focused on protecting ourselves and each other.

“COVID-19 is still with us, and it will be for the foreseeable future.”

Higgs encouraged New Brunswickers to keep Thanksgiving gatherings small, and to download the COVID alert app.

Public Health has identified potential public exposure at the Moncton Costco Optical Centre and at the Moncton St-Hubert restaurant. People who have visited these locations since Oct. 1 should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days. Should any COVID-19 symptoms develop, they are directed to self-isolate and to call 811 to get tested or take the self-assessment online.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 222 and 198 have recovered. There have been two deaths, and the number of active cases is 22. As of today, 81,696 tests have been conducted.