Twenty new confirmed cases of COVID-19 announced in New Brunswick, hitting a one-day high

New Brunswick – Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell and Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development announced today, Saturday, October 10 there are 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province today.

Twelve are in Zone 1, the Moncton region, with 9 of those related to the outbreak at the Manoir Notre Dame, and three remain under investigation:

  • one individual between 20 and 29;
  • two people between 60 and 69;
  • two people between 70 and 79;
  • four people between 80 and 89; and,
  • three people over 90.

Seven are in Zone 5, the Campbellton region, all related to the regional outbreak:

  • one individual under 19 years of age;
  • one individual between 20 and 29;
  • one individual between 30 and 39;
  • one individual between 50 and 59;
  • two people between 60 and 69; and,
  • one individual between 70 and 79.

One is in Zone 3, the Fredericton region, and is travel related.

Russell said all the cases are self-isolating.

“This is not really the start of the holiday weekend that any of us were hoping for,” said Russell.

Russell said non-essential travel into Zones 1 and 5 must be avoided, and residents should not be travelling to those regions for Thanksgiving celebrations.

“All New Brunswickers must work together to keep our numbers low, and masks are especially important,” said Russell.  “All New Brunswickers must wear masks indoors when in public spaces, and residents in Zones 1 and 5 must wear masks both indoors and outdoors.”

Russell said it’s also important to limit close contacts, as it helps in the contact tracing process.  A close contact is someone with whom you have spent longer than 15 minutes without a mask, less than 6 feet apart.

Russell said the chief medical officers of health for the neighbouring bubble provinces are  concerned about the growing numbers in New Brunswick, particularly as residents of those provinces have likely travelled to Zones 1 and 5 for Thanksgiving.  Public Health advises all those who have travelled to those zones ensure they follow protocols of mask wearing, hand washing, maintain physical distancing wherever possible, and closely monitor themselves for the next 14 days for symptoms of COVID-19.

“This is a time which I think we all hoped would not reach us in New Brunswick after a long summer where we had a respite from a disease that’s ravaging the world,” said Cardy.

“And we were able to look on from the security of our privileged corner of Canada.”

Cardy identified a second case of COVID-19 in a school, at L’Acadamie Notre Dame in Dalhousie. He said he is aware parents are worried, but to remember “no news is good news” when it comes to receiving information from Public Health.

“You’ll hear if you need to hear,” said Cardy.  “But otherwise, please do as the doctor (Russell) said – refer to the GNB website, to formal news channels when it comes to finding out information about the safety and security of the school system, of the school that your child or children attend, and about the health and safety of our children.”

Cardy and Russell encouraged New Brunswickers to download the Government of Canada COVID Alert app.

According to the Government of Canada website, the COVID Alert does not use GPS or track your location.

Also according to the Government of Canada website, it has no way of knowing:

  • your location
  • your name or address
  • your phone’s contacts
  • your health information
  • the health information of anyone you’re near

Nobody will get any information about you or the time you were near them. Learn more about how COVID Alert protects your privacy.

How it works

  • The app uses Bluetooth to exchange random codes with nearby phones.
  • Every day, it checks a list of random codes from people who tell the app they tested positive.
  • If you’ve been near one of those codes in the past 14 days, you’ll get a notification.

In New Brunswick, the app can also be used to report a diagnosis.

“Make sure that we get that app out there are shared as broadly as possible,” said Cardy.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 258 and 199 have recovered. There have been two deaths, and the number of active cases is 57. Three patients are hospitalized with one in an intensive care unit. As of today, 84,081 tests have been conducted.

For further details on the changes to protocol for all residents and for schools due to the shift back to the Orange level of recovery in Zones 1 and 5, click here.

“A lot of the concerns we hear about the use of masks and these protocols – people get scared, they get spooked and they ask ‘is this gonna last forever – is the world ever going to go back to normal?’ – and it is,” assured Cardy.

“And it’s going to go back to normal because we as people in this province decide that we are going to take the necessary health measures to stamp out COVID-19.

“And we’re doing this so that we can return to normal as soon as possible.”

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