Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting 16 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, while the number of active cases in the province has risen to 160.
According to a media release issued on Saturday, the cases were identified in the Moncton region, as well as the Edmundston region.
The one case in Zone 1 (Moncton) involves:
An individual in their 30s
The 15 cases in Zone 4 (Edmundston) involve:
Two individuals 19 and under
An individual in their 20s
Two individuals in their 30s
Two individuals in their 40s
Three individuals in their 60s
Four individuals in their 80s
An individual 90 and over
With Family Day scheduled for Monday, chief medical officer of health, Dr. Jennifer Russell, asked residents to remain safe while connecting with family and loved ones.
“Although Family Day may look different this year, be sure to make time for those you love,” said Dr. Russell, in a release issued on Saturday. “FaceTime, an email or simple text can go a long way. With this beautiful winter weather, I encourage all New Brunswickers to get outside while following Public Health measures and enjoy the fresh air.”
New Brunswick has had 1,398 confirmed cases since the pandemic began. In total, 1,215 people have recovered, and 22 people have died as a result of the novel coronavirus.
Seven people are currently in hospital, with three in the intensive care unit, according to public health.
Public health says 1,014 COVID-19 tests were completed on Friday – 216,893 tests have been administered in total since the pandemic began.
NURSING HOME UPDATE
On Saturday, the province noted that follow-up testing at Manoir Belle View, a nursing home in Edmundston, detected 12 new cases of COVID-19 – all of which were included in Saturday’s case count for Zone 4 (Edmundston). The 12 cases include six residents and six staff and support workers.
Health officials say another round of mass testing will take place later in the week.
RCMP OFFICERS EXPOSED TO COVID-19
Three police officers and a cellblock guard are isolating after being exposed to COVID-19 in Moncton.
On Friday, Codiac RCMP responded to a report of an intoxicated individual. RCMP notes members were wearing cloth face coverings.
Police say the individual was arrested and transported to the Codiac detachment, where he was placed in cells. At that time, members learned the individual had recently tested positive for COVID-19.
RCMP says immediate precautions were taken to limit exposure and reduce risk – including rigorous sanitizing of equipment and precautionary self-isolation for the involved members.
Meanwhile, New Brunswick RCMP is working closely with Public Health to carefully monitor and assess the situation.
As of Saturday, public exposure is not believed to have occurred.
NO CHANGES TO ZONES
According to Saturday’s release, the Edmundston region (Zone 4) will remain at the red level of recovery, with all other zones remaining at the orange level.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Heidi Petracek