New Brunswick reports six new COVID-19 cases Saturday, possible school exposure
A health-care worker sprays disinfectant on a woman's hands at a mobile COVID-19 testing clinic in Montreal, Sunday, May 17, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
HALIFAX -- New Brunswick Public Health is reporting six new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, along with a potential exposure at Gretna Green Elementary School.
There are two cases in the Saint John region (zone two). They involve one person in their 20s, and another in their 30s.
Another case in the Fredericton region (zone three) is a person in their 30s. All of these people are self-isolating, according to Public Health.
There is one case in the Edmundston region (zone four). It involves a person in their 20s, and is under investigation.
There are two cases in the Miramichi region (zone seven) involving two people in their 50s. Both of these cases are linked to previous ones.
Public Health says all people in the six cases are self-isolating.
POSSIBLE SCHOOL EXPOSURE
According to Saturday’s media release, a possible exposure has been confirmed at Gretna Green Elementary School in Miramichi, and the school community has been notified.
Public Health says they will contact anyone identified as a close contact of the case.
The school is closed this week for March break.
ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING IN MIRAMICHI
New Brunswick has set up a mass asymptomatic testing clinic in Miramichi in an effort to determine if there has been any further spread in that region.
It’s being held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Dr. Losier Middle School gymnasium, at 124 Henderson St.
No appointment is necessary, and Public Health says self-isolation isn’t necessary while waiting for results from asymptomatic testing.
NEW BRUNSWICK COVID DATA
New Brunswick has had 1,454 cumulative COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. Since Friday, four people are considered to be recovered.
In total, 1,389 people have recovered from COVID-19 in New Brunswick, and 28 people have died.
Three people are in New Brunswick hospitals with COVID-19, two in intensive care.
On Friday, New Brunswick conducted 1,642 tests, for a total of 233,878 since the start of the pandemic.
The number of cases are broken down by New Brunswick’s seven health zones:
- Zone 1 – Moncton region: 336 cumulative confirmed cases (4 active cases)
- Zone 2 – Saint John region: 224 cumulative confirmed cases (2 active cases)
- Zone 3 – Fredericton region: 241 cumulative confirmed cases (4 active cases)
- Zone 4 – Edmundston region: 422 cumulative confirmed cases (13 active cases)
- Zone 5 – Campbellton region: 182 cumulative confirmed cases (no active cases)
- Zone 6 – Bathurst region: 27 cumulative confirmed cases (no active cases)
- Zone 7 – Miramichi region: 21 cumulative confirmed cases (12 active cases)