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N.B. reports 3 new cases of COVID-19, Campbellton region facing additional restrictions

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New Brunswick reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, all in Zone 5 (Campbellton region).According to health officials, one of the cases is an individual in their 40s, and two others are in their 50s.
“All of these cases are self-isolating and under investigation,” said the province.

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Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, also announced at a press briefing on Thursday that Zone 5 will remain in the orange level of recovery, with an additional restriction to limit the spread of the coronavirus in the region.

As of midnight, Russell said residents of Zone 5 will have to limit their contact to a single household bubble plus formal or informal caregivers and members of their immediate family, such as parents, children, siblings and grandparents.

“We learned lessons since the beginning of the pandemic and have expanded the single-household bubble to include caregivers and immediate family to help with the daily functions of life and to prevent the mental-health toll of isolation,” said Russell.

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“While we recognize that important distinction, I ask people not to take advantage of that to organize things like large family parties or dinners.”.

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As of Thursday, the province reports that COVID-19 is more prevalent in Zone 5 than anywhere else in Atlantic Canada.

According to the province, the number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 322 and 237 people have recovered.

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There have been four deaths and the number of active cases is 81. Five patients are hospitalized with one in an intensive care unit. As of Thursday, 95,036 tests have been conducted.

“I remind New Brunswickers of the impact this outbreak is having on so many people in our province,” said Premier Blaine Higgs, who was also at the press briefing. “We cannot be cavalier about this situation. Doing so could quickly lead to our health-care system becoming overwhelmed.”

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For individuals in the Campbellton region who do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, but still want to get tested, health officials say testing will be available over the weekend.

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Testing will be held over two days:

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  • Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Memorial Regional Civic Centre in Campbellton.
  • Sunday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Inch Arran Arena in Dalhousie.

“No appointment is necessary. Screening tests will be done on a first-come, first-served basis,” health officials said.

In the meantime, people with symptoms are asked to request a test online or call Tele-Care 811 to get an appointment at the nearest screening centre.

Moncton region returning to yellow level

As of midnight, the province announced that Zone 1 (Moncton region) will also be returning to the yellow level.

“Public Health made the recommendation based upon a consistent downward trend in the number of cases and a significant decline in the risk of further infections. Contact tracing has shown that all the infections in Zone 1 are related,” the province said in a statement.