HALIFAX -- A second New Brunswick resident has died from COVID-19, the province announced on Saturday.

Public Health says the individual died in the Campbellton region of Zone 5. They were one of the cases connected to the ongoing outbreak in Zone 5 and had been a resident of the Manoir de la Vallée in Atholville prior to being admitted to the hospital.

“I was deeply saddened to learn of a death related to COVID-19 in our province,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the individual, as well as to all of those in the Campbellton-Restigouche region. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

The individual was between the ages of 80 and 89 and had underlying health issues.

“I ask all New Brunswick to join me in extending our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of the deceased,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health.

Both of New Brunswick's COVID-19 deaths were residents at Manoir de la Vallee in Atholville, N.B. 84-year-old Daniel Ouellette died on June 4 at the Campbellton Regional Hospital.

Three new cases

The province also reported three new cases of COVID-19, all in the Campbellton region. Two of the cases are health-care employees at the Campbellton Regional Hospital and the other case is a health-care employee at the Manoir de la Vallée.

The cases are an individual between 20 and 29, an individual between 30 and 39 and an individual between 50 and 59.

It is the third day in a row an employer at the Campbellton Regional Hospital has tested positive, with one employee testing positive on Friday, and two others announced Thursday.

The total of confirmed cases is 157, with 126 cases considered recovered – including six people who are part of the most recent outbreak in the Campbellton region (Zone 5). All but one of the province's 29 active cases is in Zone 5 and the other is a temporary foreign worker in the Moncton area.

The province conducted 480 COVID-19 tests on Friday. As of Saturday, New Brunswick public health workers have completed 36,605 tests.

Among the active cases, four people are hospitalized with one in an intensive care unit.

Symptoms and self-isolation

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who travels outside of New Brunswick must also self-isolate for two weeks.

Last month, the province expanded the list of symptoms for which it is screening.

Anyone who is showing two of the following symptoms should contact Tele-Care 811 or a primary health-care provider for further direction:

  • fever above 38 C or signs of fever (such as chills);
  • a new cough or worsening chronic cough;
  • sore throat;
  • runny nose;
  • headache;
  • a new onset of fatigue;
  • a new onset of muscle pain;
  • diarrhea;
  • loss of sense of taste or loss of sense of smell; and
  • in children, purple markings on the fingers or toes. In this instance, testing will be done even if none of the other symptoms are present.

Recovery plan

All areas of New Brunswick except Zone 5 are currently in the Yellow level of the COVID-19 recovery plan, aimed at the gradual reopening of businesses and activities while working to prevent a resurgence of transmission. Zone 5 remains at the Orange level of the recovery plan.

The following rules apply to Zone 5:

  • A two-household bubble is permitted. Your household can join up with one other household, if both households mutually agree. You must not have close contact with anyone else. You cannot join up with more than one household or bubble.
  • Non-regulated health professionals and businesses such as acupuncturists and naturopaths cannot operate at this time.
  • Personal services businesses such as barbers, hair stylists, spas, estheticians, manicurists, pedicurists, and tattoo artists cannot operate at this time.