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N.B. reports 4 deaths in new COVID-19 update as hospitalizations, cases rise

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It’s not long into summer and New Brunswick is seeing an unexpected uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. New figures on the province’s CovidWatch page show while the demand for vaccines is growing, so is the presence of the virus. Robert Lothian reports – Jul 5, 2022

New Brunswick health officials reported four deaths linked to COVID-19 in the latest weekly epidemiology update.

The number is up by one compared to last week’s report.

Hospital admissions were also up in the seven-day period from June 26 to July 2. The province saw 22 new admissions, compared to six reported last week.

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There are 19 active COVID-19 hospitalizations remaining, up by four compared to last week. One person is in intensive care.

According to the Tuesday report, the highest portion of hospitalizations for COVID-19 involves individuals aged 60 to 79.

It also said, “Individuals that are unprotected by vaccine continue to have the highest rate of hospitalization for COVID-19 and death.”

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New infection numbers are also rising. The province reported 768 new PCR-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the week ending July 2, as well as 1,147 self-reported rapid test positives — twice the amount reported last week.

In New Brunswick, about 52.8 per cent of eligible adults have received at least three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, with another 375 shots given out in the seven-day period. About 88.2 per cent have received at least two doses, and 93.3 per cent received at least one dose.

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