Zones 1 and 3 being reassessed for return to Yellow, Zone 2 not currently part of the discussion

New Brunswick – “While we are seeing some progress…these zones will remain in Orange while we evaluate the effectiveness of the Public Health measures announced last month.”

Those were the sober words from Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell today, Thursday, Dec. 3, about the possibility of  Zone 1, the Moncton region, Zone 2, the Saint John region, and Zone 3, the Fredericton region returning to the Yellow phase of recovery. 

“It usually is a two week time frame,” said Russell, “…and then we assess and so that’s how we’re approaching these zones in the Orange level right now.”

Zones 1 and 3 will be reassessed Sunday for return to the Yellow phase, and Russell said it was largely the ongoing testing that must be done at the Shannex Parkland facility that is keeping Zone 2 out of those discussions for now.

Public Health reported six new cases of COVID-19 today.

The cases are as follows:

  • one individual 30-39 in Zone 1 (Moncton region);
  • one individual 19 and under in Zone 2 (Saint John region);
  • one individual 30-39 in Zone 2 (Saint John region);
  • one individual 60-69 in Zone 2 (Saint John region); and
  • two people 60-69 in Zone 3 (Fredericton region).

All cases are self-isolating and under investigation.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 520 and 402 have recovered. There have been seven deaths, and the number of active cases is 111 with none in the hospital. As of today, 129,970 tests have been conducted.

“We do not want to get complacent again,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “I am convinced we can be there sooner rather than later.”

Higgs said the province is putting Greg MacCallum, director of the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, as the head of the provincial working group that will put a procurement and delivery plan in place for the “safe, efficient deployment of the vaccine”.

He said McCallum will “set priorities for vaccination” and “create a supply chain”.

Also released today were guidelines for individuals, retailers and event organizers for the holiday season.

Some of the guidelines include:

  • avoid all non-essential trips during the holidays especially outside of your region, or into areas where COVID-19 cases are present and rising;
  • anyone who is travelling from another province or country must self- isolate for 14 days when arriving in New Brunswick; and
  • children are not permitted to sit on Santa’s lap. 

Technical updates to travel registration system

Be advised the online Travel Registration system will undergo a system upgrade tonight between 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.  During the update, users will not be able to utilize the system to complete their registration.