Active COVID-19 case numbers in N.B. continue to decline
New Brunswick Public Health reported 89 recoveries and 21 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as the number of active cases dropped to 521.
"We are pleased to see the continued decline in active cases in the province," Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health, said in a news release. "The measures that are in place are having a positive impact and have put us on a good path."
Public health says 13 of the new cases – or 61.9 per cent – are unvaccinated, and eight – or 38.1 per cent – are fully vaccinated.
There are 40 people in hospitalized because of the novel coronavirus. Of those, 20 are unvaccinated, three are partially vaccinated, and 17 are fully vaccinated.
"There are 14 people in an intensive care unit, 11 of whom are unvaccinated; two are partially vaccinated and one is fully vaccinated," public health said in a news release.
There have been 111 COVID-19-related deaths in the province since the pandemic began.
Tuesday was the first day in two weeks New Brunswick hasn't had to report a death from COVID-19.
In Campbellton, the virus has taken a huge toll on the community.
"You look at the numbers from yesterday that tell us we were the highest per capita in Canada," said Campbellton Mayor Ian Comeau. "It tells you something.
The region is on day five of a 14-day circuit breaker and the mayor says it's necessary to clamp down on the fourth wave.
"We had some young people in ICU, you know 40 to 49 and that's another scary thing," Comeau said. "So that's why I think we are going to get out of it and we want to see Christmas."
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS LOOMING
Sheila Cummings is a councillor and lay pastor in Perth-Andover, N.B.
"When you lose a loved one, and you don't have the opportunity for someone to come and give you a hug, for someone to come and spend some time with you," Cummings said. "That's the sad part of it; we can't do as much as we would normally do for people."
Cummings lives and works in a community that has spent the last month in the thick of it, with schools closed for several weeks, and the nearby hospital above capacity.
Cummings' church has hosted vaccine clinics, distributed rapid tests, and she's personally helped dozens of seniors navigate the online system -- or drove them to appointments.
It's all led to some difficult conversations with community members.
"I think that mental health in the province is going to have an overload," Cummings said. "They're going to have nurses, and first responders and doctors .... They're going to need the help. All those people who have gone through loss during this time. They're going to need help and I don't think the system can handle the capacity."
She hopes government is preparing for that "overload" now -- rather than later.
RAPID-SCREENING KIT PICKUP PROGRAM
New Brunswick has opened mobile pickup sites to provide easier access to rapid-screening kits.
There are 20 news mobile sites across the province added by Horizon Health Network. Each mobile site will be open one day a week from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
A full list of Vitalité Health Network’s 16 sites is available online.
More information about kits is available online.
Public health reported Tuesday that 84 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 92.2 per cent have received their first dose of a vaccine.
You can book an appointment for first and second doses, as well as a booster dose for those eligible, at a regional health authority community COVID-19 vaccination clinic through the online booking system or at a participating pharmacy.
A list of upcoming mobile and walk-in clinics is available online.
CONFIRMED CASES IN SCHOOLS AND CHILD-CARE FACILITIES
Public health has confirmed a case at the Dieppe Boys and Girls Club in Zone 1 (Moncton region).
"Affected families have been notified," public health said in a news release. "If you or a family member have been in close contact with a case, you will be notified by Public Health or the facility for contact tracing. If you are not notified directly, you have not been identified as a close contact."
REGIONAL BREAKDOWN OF NEW CASES
Here is a regional breakdown of the new cases:
- two new cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region);
- 11 new cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region);
- three new cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region);
- four new cases in Zone 5 (Campbellton region);
- one case in Zone 7 (Miramichi region).
Additional information is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.
UPDATE ON OUTBREAK AT MONCTON HOSPITAL
Horizon Health says the outbreak at the Moncton Hospitals' geriatrics unit is "on track" to be declared over on Monday.
Outbreaks on two other units haven't seen a new case in over a week.
POTENTIAL PUBLIC EXPOSURES
A map of potential public exposures can be found on the COVID-19 dashboard.