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COVID-19: N.B. reports 35 new cases, 2 confirmed in schools

The Canadian Press file

New Brunswick reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and said 77 per cent of eligible people in the province are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to the province, 85.6 per cent have received their first dose.

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COVID-19 cases have also been confirmed in schools in zone 3 (Fredericton region). A positive case was confirmed at Fredericton High School and Andover Elementary School in Perth-Andover.

“The respective school communities have been notified,” the province said in a release.

READ MORE: COVID-19 cases confirmed at two schools in New Brunswick

New Brunswick is seeing a spike in COVID-19 activity, with a “significant number” of cases among schoolchildren, according to the province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Jennifer Russell, on Monday.

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The province recorded 122 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, with positive cases identified at 11 schools and three child care centres in the Moncton, Fredericton and Campbellton regions.

Russell said cases being recorded now were contracted prior to the start of school a week ago, and there has been no evidence of transmission between students.

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Out of the 35 new cases, 30 – or 86 per cent – are not fully vaccinated.

There are 11 people hospitalized due to the virus, with eight in an intensive care unit. The number of active cases is 244.

There are 16 new cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region). Eleven cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and five are under investigation.

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The two new cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region), and two others in Zone 4 (Edmundston region) are all contacts of previously confirmed cases.

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There are three new cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region), and all are under investigation.

The province also reported that there are nine new cases in Zone 5 (Campbellton region). Seven cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and two cases are under investigation.

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The one new case in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) and is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

There are two new cases in Zone 7 (Miramichi region). One case is a contact of a previously confirmed case and the other is under investigation.

“Today, we are seeing confirmed cases in every region of the province and continuing to see an epidemic among the unvaccinated – those who have chosen to remain unvaccinated as well as those who are not yet eligible,” said Russell in a news release.

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— With a file from Rebecca Lau

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