Zone 2, which includes Charlotte County, moved back to the Orange phase of recovery, several exposure notifications announced

New Brunswick – For the second day running, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell, and Premier Blaine Higgs took to the podium to announce a second region to shifted back into the Orange Phase of recovery – Zone 2, the Saint John region – which includes Charlotte County.

On Thursday, Nov. 19, Zone 1, the Moncton region was put back from Yellow to Orange, due to a dramatic increase in the number of cases in the region.

While Zone 2 was pushed back to Orange after a jump of 14 cases, it took 24 cases to push Zone 1 back a stage. 

“The contact tracing has revealed that some of the spread is happening in areas number one where there is a super spreader event, and there are some super spreaders involved in some of the cases, so we are expecting more cases to pop up,” said Russell of the quick move to put Zone 2 back to Orange. 

“And the fact that there are so many health care workers involved at this moment in time who are self-isolating, and again, with contact tracing that we’ve done, and the type of contacts we have found and those people who are self-isolating as a result, we expect many of them to become positive…The triggers have been met.”

Russell went on to say the triggers are cases doubling in a six day period, the number of health care workers affected, and that people have not been following public health protocols.

The shift for Zone 2 begins at midnight tonight, Friday, Nov. 20, under the province’s revised COVID-19 recovery plan.

Higgs warned residents if the outbreak in Zone 2 wasn’t quickly contained, the region risked being shifted back to the Red phase of recovery.

Nine new cases

Public Heath reported nine new cases of COVID-19 Friday.

The seven cases in Zone 2 are:

  • one individual 20 to 29;
  • three people 40 to 49;
  • one individual 50 to 59;
  • one individual 60 to 69; and
  • one individual 70 to 79.

The two cases in Zone 1 are:

  • one individual under 19; and,
  • one individual 20 to 29

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 401 with 343 recovered. There have been six deaths, and the number of active cases is 51 with one individual in hospital. As of Friday, 114,020 tests have been conducted.

Friday’s cases come hot on the heels of four new cases Thursday, Nov. 19 and nine new cases Wednesday, Nov. 18.

There has also been an exposure alert for those who have travelled recently on the following Air Canada flights.

  • Air Canada Flight 8954 – from Winnipeg to Toronto arrived at 8:16 p.m.
  • Air Canada Flight 8918 – from Toronto to Moncton arrived at 11:43 p.m.

Individuals who travelled on these flights should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after the flight. Should any COVID-19 symptoms develop, they are directed to self-isolate and take the self-assessment online or to call 811 to get tested.

Public health this week also identified an outbreak at an adult residential facility, Oasis Residence, in Dieppe.

Following a confirmed case of COVID-19 on Wednesday, public health began testing residents and staff of the facility Thursday, and began contact tracing.  

On Friday, Russell also identified an outbreak at Shannex Tucker Hall, a nursing home in Saint John.  Public health will begin testing staff and residents, and begin contact tracing.

Further exposure notifications

Public Health has identified three potential public exposures in Saint John:

  • at the Rocky Sports Bar, 7 Market Square. People who have visited this facility between10:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 and 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 14 and between 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 14 and 1:30 a.m. on Nov.15 should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
  • at the Big Tide Brewing Company, 47 Princess St. People who have visited this facility between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Nov. 16 should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
  • at Java Moose, 84 Prince William St. People who have visited this facility between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

Public Health has also identified two potential public exposures in Moncton:

  • at the Keg Steakhouse and Bar, 576 Main St. People who have visited this facility between 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
  • at the fitness room located at the CEPS Louis-J. Robichaud, 40 Antonine-Maillet Avenue in Moncton. People who visited this facility at the following dates and times should self-monitor for 14 days.

o   Nov. 6 – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

o   Nov. 9 – 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

o   Nov. 10 – 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

o   Nov. 12 – 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

o   Nov. 13 – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Public Health also advises businesses and residents of Zones 1 and 2 that police, peace officers, and Public Health inspectors with the Department of Justice and Public Safety and inspectors with WorkSafe New Brunswick will be in the regions to ensure protocols are being followed.  Those who refuse to comply with the provisions laid out in the province’s revised COVID-19 recovery plan and mandatory order will face penalties.

For more information on COVID-19 in the province, go to www.gnb.ca/coronavirus

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