New Brunswick reports no new cases of COVID-19 for ninth straight day; active cases drop to two
For the ninth consecutive day, New Brunswick is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with two recoveries, as the active number of cases in the province drops to two.
It is the ninth straight day the province has reported no new cases, with the last new case reported on July 5.
“We are making great progress and it is wonderful to see New Brunswickers enjoying somewhat closer to normal activities while experiencing what summer in our province is all about,” said N.B. Health Minister Dorothy Shephard in a news release. “However, COVID-19 variants remain a concern, so we must continue to follow the advice of Public Health and get vaccinated as soon as possible. Each day we are getting closer to our goal of fully vaccinating 75 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers, which will allow us to lift restrictions like wearing a mask indoors and physical distancing in the near future.”
New Brunswick has had 2,336 cumulative cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
In total, 2,285 people have recovered, and 46 people have died in the province from COVID-19.
For the first time since mid-January, there is currently no one hospitalized in New Brunswick due to COVID-19.
On Tuesday, 675 tests were conducted in the province. A total of 370,735 tests have been conducted since the beginning of the pandemic.
The number of cases is broken down by New Brunswick’s seven health zones:
- Zone 1 – Moncton region: 482 confirmed cases (two active cases)
- Zone 2 – Saint John region: 298 confirmed cases (no active cases)
- Zone 3 – Fredericton region: 445 confirmed cases (no active cases)
- Zone 4 – Edmundston region: 754 confirmed cases (no active cases)
- Zone 5 – Campbellton region: 185 confirmed cases (no active cases)
- Zone 6 – Bathurst region: 133 confirmed cases (no active cases)
- Zone 7 – Miramichi region: 39 confirmed cases (no active cases)
MORE THAN 53 PER CENT OF ELIGIBLE NEW BRUNSWICKERS FULLY VACCINATED
New Brunswick's COVID-19 online dashboard provides an update on the amount of vaccines that have been administered to date.
As of Wednesday, 924,848 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in New Brunswick. The province says 79.9 per cent of the eligible population has received at least one dose, with 53.5 per cent now fully vaccinated.
The province’s next stage target date in its reopening plan is August 2, as long as at least 75 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers have received two doses.
“I want to remind New Brunswickers that it is safe to use either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for your second dose, regardless of which vaccine you received at your first appointment,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “Our strategy of using vaccines interchangeably has allowed us to quickly vaccinate more people, protecting us all from the threat of COVID-19.”
All eligible New Brunswickers can book their second dose appointments if at least 28 days have passed since their first dose.
To receive their second dose, New Brunswickers are asked to bring a signed consent form, their Medicare card and a copy of the record of immunization provided after receiving their first dose.
Appointments for people who have not yet received their first dose continue to be available to all New Brunswickers aged 12 and older at regional health authority clinics and through participating pharmacies.
People who received AstraZeneca both times can rest assured that the vaccine provides protection against infection, severe disease and hospitalization.
Public Health is also reminding New Brunswickers to keep a copy of their Record of Immunization form as their official proof of vaccination.
MOBILE VACCINE CLINICS
New Brunswick has launched a series of mobile clinics for residents who have not yet received their first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
The clinics are organized by the Department of Health, who is also working with Extra-Mural/Ambulance New Brunswick and partners from local government and the business community.
“Getting vaccinated is the most effective way to protect you and your loved ones from COVID-19 and its variants,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “Unvaccinated people are at the highest risk of contracting the virus. That is why we are finding more opportunities for vaccination in communities throughout the province.”
Public health says the clinics will provide walk-in service, with no appointment or scheduling required ahead of time.
"They are intended to bridge gaps in accessibility and convenience," wrote public health in a news release.
Clinics taking place this weekend and next week are at the following locations:
- River Valley Civic Centre, 11 School St., Perth-Andover, Thursday, July 15, between noon and 6 p.m.
- Dorchester Veterans Community Hall, 4955 Main St., Dorchester, Thursday, July 15, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Tobique Lions Community Centre, 61 Everett Ln., Plaster Rock, Friday, July 16, between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Salisbury Baptist Church, 3128 Main St., Salisbury, Friday, July 16, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
People attending a mobile vaccination clinic are asked to bring their Medicare card, a record of vaccination if receiving their second dose and a signed consent form. The mobile clinics will be administering the Moderna vaccine, according to public health.
YELLOW LEVEL REMINDER
All of New Brunswick remains under the Yellow level of recovery under the province’s order.