COVID-19: 3 deaths, jump in hospitalizations as N.B. scraps proof of vaccination

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The hospitality industry hopes to get a little more hospitable Monday, as New Brunswick lifts its proof of vaccination requirements in spots like restaurants and bars. Travis Fortnum reports – Feb 27, 2022

Three people have died and 17 more have been hospitalized over the weekend in New Brunswick with COVID-19.

Although hospitalizations have been in decline over the last few weeks, the number of people in hospital has jumped to 89 — up from 72, since the last report on Friday.

They include 47 hospitalized due to COVID-19 and another 42 who were admitted for another reason but tested positive for the virus.

Three people are in ICU and two people on a ventilator. Hospitals are now at 90 per cent capacity while ICU beds are at 72 per cent capacity.

Read more: Businesses ready to do away with N.B. COVID mandates, says Restaurants Canada

The three new deaths involve a person in their 70s in the Moncton region, a person in their 70s in the Edmundston region, and a person in their 90s in the Bathurst region.

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A total of 304 people have died of COVID-19 in New Brunswick so far, according to the provincial COVID-19 dashboard.

Since Friday’s update, the province reported another 1,065 positive PCR tests and 1,382 rapid tests.

Read more: New Brunswick lifting all COVID-19 restrictions March 14, proof of vaccination ending Feb. 28

There are currently 140 employees from Vitalité Health Network, 234 from Horizon Health Network, and 69 from Extra Mural-Ambulance New Brunswick who are off work due to COVID-19.

As of Monday, the province removed its proof-of-vaccination requirement at businesses like restaurants, gyms and salons. All other restrictions are set to lift on March 14.

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