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N.B. reporting nine new COVID-19 cases, Edmundston hospital experiencing ICU strain

Vitalite Health Network says the Edmundston Regional Hospital currently has 13 patients sick with the virus with seven in intensive care and five of those patients on respirators. File / Getty Images

Health officials in northwestern New Brunswick say there are currently 13 patients at the Edmundston Regional Hospital, seven of whom are in intensive care, as the region deals with the brunt of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Meanwhile, the province is reporting nine new cases of the virus on Sunday.

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Five of the cases are in Zone 4 (Edmundston region) and range in age from under 19 to their fifties.

Four of those cases are considered contacts of previously-confirmed cases and one is under investigation.

There is one case in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) involving a person in his or her thirties. That case is travel-related.

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And there are two cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) involving people in their forties and fifties. Those cases are under investigation.

“Given the current risk posed by variants of concern, it is even more important now that everyone follow public health guidelines, especially those living in areas which are in the red or lockdown level,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, in a statement.

“We know we’re all in this together, and if people follow the guidelines, we’ll get through this.”

The province says there are now 148 active cases and 20 people are hospitalized, including 13 intensive care.

In Edmundston, which is currently in a lockdown as per the province’s mandatory order, the Vitalite Health Network says the Edmundston Regional Hospital currently has five patients on respirators.

Officials say the hospital has nine intensive care beds and to date has transferred two patients to a hospital in Fredericton.

The hospital’s emergency department is open for people who require emergency care, however officials are asking people requiring non-urgent care to make an appointment with a family doctor or nurse practitioner or to use a walk-in clinic.

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The Edmundston and the Upper Madawaska region went under full lockdown as of midnight after 15 of 19 new COVID-19 cases announced in the province on Saturday were identified in the area.

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Chief medical officer of health Dr. Jennifer Russell also announced one new COVID-19 related death in the region – a person in their 70s.

Exposure notifications

Public Health has identified a number of potential public exposures throughout the province — including a mall, a church, grocery stores, a restaurant and a clothing store.

They are:

  • Atlantic Superstore, 89 Trinity Dr., Moncton, on Friday, April 9 between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • GAP Factory East Point, 15 Fashion Dr., Saint John, on Friday, April 9 between 2:10 p.m. and 2:40 p.m.
  • COSTCO Wholesale customer service, 140 Granite Dr., Moncton on Thursday, April 8 between 4:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • CF Champlain Food Court, 477 Paul St., Dieppe on Thursday, April 8 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • YMCA Vaughan Harvey, 30 War Veterans Ave., Moncton, on Tuesday, April 6 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • CF Champlain Shoppers Drug Mart cosmetic section, 477 Paul St., Dieppe on Tuesday, April 6 between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Moncton Wesleyan Church, 945 St. George Blvd., Moncton, Sunday, April 4 between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Kelseys Original Roadhouse, 141 Trinity Dr., Moncton on Saturday, April 3 between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
  • CF Champlain, 477 Paul St., Dieppe on Saturday, April 3 between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • CF Champlain, 477 Paul St., Dieppe on Thursday, April 1 between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Atlantic Superstore, 577 Victoria St., Edmundston between Monday, March 29 and Friday, April 9.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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