Public health reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 in the province on Friday.
Of these, seven are in the Saint John region (zone 2), three in the Moncton region (zone 1) and two in the Fredericton region, which went back to the orange phase of recovery on Thursday. The new cases are:
Saint John region:
- three persons 20 to 29; and
These people isolate themselves and their cases are investigated.
These people also isolate themselves and their cases are travel related.
“There should be no non-essential travel in and out or between orange zones,” says Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “Get tested even if you have mild symptoms.”
The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 477 and 356 have been recovered. There have been seven deaths and the number of active cases is 114, with one person hospitalized. 121,542 tests have been conducted today, of which 1,297 have been conducted around this time yesterday.
Shannex reports 5 new cases in Saint John
Shannex reports two additional cases of employees at the Parkland complex in Saint John, one at the Tucker Hall nursing home and one at the Carleton Hall retirement building, as well as three additional cases of residents at Tucker Hall.
That brings the total to two positive employee cases and six positive resident cases in Tucker Hall, and one positive employee in Carleton Hall.
In a message posted to his website on Friday, Shannex said the retest for Tucker Hall took place on Thursday and would take place on Friday for Carleton Hall.
The Fredericton region could have a yellow Christmas, Russell says
If people in the Fredericton zone adhere to public health rules, the region could return to the yellow phase by Christmas.
Public Health has returned the Fredericton region, also known as Zone 3, to the orange phase due to the large number of social interactions and settings, multiple settings for exposure to the disease, including schools, pubs, gyms, health facilities and sports clubs, and “significant population interaction between the Fredericton region and the two other regions that are already in the orange phase.
The regions of Moncton and Saint John moved back to orange earlier this month. In the orange, the allowable size of bubbles has been reduced to single households.
Jennifer Russell, the chief medical officer of health, said she is cautiously optimistic that residents can gather by Christmas.
“It really depends on how quickly we can mobilize the public,” she said.
The orange phase will help slow the spread of COVID-19 by changing the interaction between residents.
Russell said at least 377 people isolate themselves in the Fredericton area and at least 1,700 people isolate themselves in New Brunswick.
“It’s a changing situation and the holidays are coming,” she said.
Russell said Public Health is also taking steps to speed up waiting times for COVID-19 tests. The goal is to have appointments scheduled within a few days and get results back within 72 hours of taking a test.
The county failed to meet that target in the Fredericton and Saint John regions this week, but Russell said improvements have been made. People who fall into a priority group do not face the same long waiting times.
Residents are encouraged to shop locally these holidays
If local businesses want to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, more residents will need to buy goods from local stores, says the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce CEO.
Krista Ross is encouraging people in Fredericton to support local businesses this holiday season, especially shops, restaurants and local hotels.
“If we want to have these companies in our community in the future, we need to support them now,” Ross said during an interview with Information Morning Fredericton.
“This is when they need us.”
Typically, local businesses will see a bump in business at this time of year as residents prepare for the holidays.
But now that the Fredericton region has returned to the orange phase, Ross fears that won’t happen.
“It’s up to us as a community to make a concerted effort and deliberate community intent to support those small businesses.”
Residents can do this by dining as a single family home, ordering products online, or purchasing gift certificates. They can also share a post on a company’s social media or give a good review online.
“Whatever it takes, they want to serve their customers in every way possible,” said Ross.
Business members in Fredericton have expressed concern and concern, and Ross said she does not know how many businesses will close because of COVID-19.
“We really don’t know what’s going to happen,” she said.
MLA says guidelines are still unclear to those working outside of NB
Green Party MLA Megan Mitton says she is concerned that the loss of the Atlantic bubble will cause problems for residents who travel outside the province every day for work.
“This is something I think a lot of people, myself included, fear the possibility,” said Mitton. Information Morning Moncton the day after New Brunswick tightened its border with Nova Scotia.
Mitton said the government’s decision not to have inter-border checkpoints is a positive move, especially in Aulac, near the Nova Scotia border, where residents had to deal with heavy traffic lines to cross this spring and every day from and come to work.
Travelers must register to enter New Brunswick. But Mitton hopes the government will create a special registry for frequent travelers so they don’t have to fill out a form every day.
“Ideally, people in this area would just get a pass… to be able to travel,” she said.
Mitton said some border restrictions are not clear enough, which is a problem for some residents of Sackville and Amherst who have to cross the border every day for work.
“That’s one of the challenges we’ve seen during this pandemic,” Mitton said.
“When it comes to boundaries, people want clear rules because they want to be able to follow them and they need to be enforced consistently.”
She also fears that the new restrictions will reduce overall traffic to local businesses and in turn hurt the local economy. ‘
Possible Public Exposure Warnings for Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton
New Brunswick Public Health has warned of the following potential COVID-19 exposures in Moncton and Saint John, including gyms, shops, bars, restaurants and on flights.
Anyone who has visited these places during the appointed times should check themselves for symptoms for 14 days.
Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms should isolate themselves and take the self-assessment online to schedule a test.
- The conceited fox on 18 and 19 November 66 Regent St., between 8:30 pm and 12:30 pm
- GoodLife Fitness Fredericton on November 18 at 1174 Prospect St. between 10:20 am and 11:20 am November 19 between 1:15 pm and 2:15 pm
- The Fredericton YMCA on November 17 at 570 York St. during the evening.
Public Health has identified a positive case in a traveler who may have been contagious November 19 during these flights:
- Air Canada Flight 178 – from Edmonton to Toronto arrived at 5:58 AM
- Air Canada flight 404– from Toronto to Montreal arrived at 10:16 am
- Air Canada flight 8902 – Montreal to Moncton arrived at 4:17 PM
Saint John area
- Vito’s Restaurant on November 16, 111 Hampton Rd., Rothesay, between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM
- Rothesay Route 1 Big Stop Restaurant On November 14 between 12:45 PM and 2 PM (2870 Route 1, Rothesay).
- Pub Down Under on November 14 between 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM (400 Main St., Saint John)
- Fish & Brew on November 14 between 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM (800 Fairville Blvd., Saint John)
- Cora breakfast and lunch on November 16 between 9am and 3pm (39 King St., Saint John).
- Goodlife Fitness McAllister Place on November 16 between noon and 1:00 pm and on November 18 between 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm (519 Westmorland Rd., Saint John).
- NBCC Grandview campus on November 16, 17, and 18 between 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM (950 Grandview Ave., Saint John).
- Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio on November 19 between 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM (47 Clark Rd., Rothesay)
Let’s Hummus at 44 Water St. between 2am and 3am
Eighty Three Bar Arcade at 43 Princess St. on November 14 between midnight and 2am
Callie’s Pub at 2 Princess St. on November 14 between midnight and 2am
O’Leary’s Pub at 46 Princess St. on November 14 between midnight and 2am
Five and Dime Bar at 34 Grannan St. on November 14, between 12:30 pm and 2:30 am
Freddie’s Pizza at 27 Charlotte St. on November 14, between 2.30 and 3 a.m.
Big Tide Brewing Company at 47 Princess St. on November 16 between 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm
Java Moose at 84 Prince William St. November 16, between 2:00 PM and 2:30 PM
Rocky’s Sports Bar at Market Square 7 on November 13 between 10:30 pm and 12:30 pm Possible public exposure was also reported on November 14 between 10:30 pm and 1:30 am
- RD Maclean Co. Ltd. on November 16, 17 and 18 at St. George St. 200, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm
- GoodLife Fitness on November 21 at 555 Dieppe Blvd, Dieppe, between 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM
Fit 4 Thes at 165 Main St. on November 6-12, at various times between 5:00 PM and midnight. Full list on Public Health website.
GoodLife Fitness at Moncton Junction Village Gym on November 6 between 8:00 am and 9:30 am and 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm Potential public exposure was also reported on November 9, between 8:30 pm and 10:00 pm
- Aldo Shoes at Moncton Champlain Mall on November 6-10 at various times between 9.30am and 7.30pm
CEPS Louis-J. Robichaud fitness room at 40 Antonine-Maillet Ave. on 6, 9, 10 and 12 November at different times in the evening from 5:15 pm to 7:30 pm
Tandoori Zaika kitchen and bar at 196 Robinson St. on November 8 between 1am and 2am
Keg Steakhouse and Bar at 576 Main St. on November 17th between 7:45 PM and 8:30 PM
Flights to Moncton:
Air Canada Flight 8954 on November 15 from Winnipeg to Toronto, arrived at 8:16 PM
Air Canada Flight 8918 on November 15 from Toronto to Moncton, arrived at 11:43 PM
Air Canada flight 0992 on November 7 from Mexico City to Toronto, arrived at 7:20 PM
Air Canada Flight 8918 on November 7 from Toronto to Moncton, arrived at 11:43 PM
What to do if you have a symptom
People concerned about having COVID-19 symptoms can take a self-assessment test online.
Public health says the symptoms of people with COVID-19 include:
Fever above 38 C.
A new cough or a worsening chronic cough.
New onset of fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell.
In children, the symptoms also included purple markings on the fingers and toes.
People with any of these symptoms should: