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N.B. reports two COVID-related deaths, cases at 52 schools in past three weeks

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New Brunswick is reporting two more deaths linked to COVID-19, marking eight deaths in under a week.

Public Health confirms both people are in their 80s. One person was in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) and the other was in Zone 4 (Edmundston region).

This brings the total number of COVID-related deaths in the province to 56.

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Meanwhile, New Brunswick reported 68 new cases and 84 recoveries on Tuesday. According to the province, 58 of them — or 85 per cent — involve people who are not fully vaccinated.

There are now 632 active cases and 40 people in hospital, including 16 in an ICU.

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Public Health also said 79.5 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are now fully vaccinated, and 88.4 per cent have received their first dose of a vaccine.

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More school cases reported

Since Sept. 7 when the new school year began, 52 schools and 24 early learning and child-care facilities have had confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Anglophone School District South said two elementary schools in the Sussex area dismissed classes at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday for “Operational Response.”

District spokesperson Jessica Hanlon confirmed to Global News that Sussex Elementary and Apohaqui Elementary closed early due to a positive case of COVID-19.

“Letters were sent to the families of those two schools informing them of a positive case in their school community, with next steps,” Hanlon wrote in an email.

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“Closing the school allows time to work with Public Health for contact tracing. The schools should expect to reopen tomorrow.”

Here is a complete list of schools and child-care centres with positive cases on Tuesday:

Zone 1 (Moncton region)

  • École Champlain in Moncton
  • Polyvalente Louis-J.-Robichaud in Shediac

Zone 2 (Saint John region)

  • Sussex Elementary School and Apohaqui Elementary School

Zone 3 (Fredericton region)

  • Liverpool Street Elementary School in Fredericton
  • Skyline Acres Recreation After School Program in Fredericton

Zone 5 (Campbellton region)

  • Dalhousie Regional High School
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Breakdown of new cases

Zone 1 (Moncton region) — 22 cases

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  • nine people 19 and under
  • two people 20-29
  • two people 30-39
  • five people 40-49
  • three people 50-59
  • one person 70-79

Eleven cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases, eight cases are under investigation and three cases are travel related.

Zone 2 (Saint John region) — two cases

  • a person 20-29
  • a person 50-59

Both cases are under investigation.

Zone 3 (Fredericton region)  — 25 cases

  • seven people 19 and under
  • four people 20-29
  • five people 30-39
  • a person 40-49
  • five people 50-59
  • two people 70-79
  • a person 80-89

Nineteen cases are under investigation and six are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

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Zone 4 (Edmundston region) — 15 cases

  • four people 19 and under
  • six people 30-39
  • four people 50-59
  • a person 60-69

Eleven cases are under investigation and four are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

Zone 5 (Campbellton region) — three cases

  • a person 19 and under
  • two people 20-29

Two cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and one is under investigation.

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Zone 6 (Bathurst region) — one case

  • individual 20-29

This case is under investigation.

— With a file from Tim Roszell.

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