The Fredericton region (Zone 3) will be rolled back to the orange phase at midnight Thursday night, joining the Saint John and Moncton regions in the more restrictive phase of COVID-19 recovery.
“We need concerted action and we need it now,” Dr. Jennifer Russell said, noting there have been multiple new cases and cases of resulting from interactions at large gatherings.
All other health zones are in the yellow phase.
Russell said the move to orange was recommended because of high numbers of social interactions and settings, multiple exposure settings, including schools, pubs, gyms, health facilities and sports clubs, and “significant” population interaction between the Fredericton region and the two other regions that are already in the orange phase.
“COVID-19 continues to be present here and in the rest of the Atlantic provinces,” Russell said. “Now is not the time for larger social gatherings. … In order to get orange zones back into yellow for Christmas, we need to cut non-essential activities as much as possible.”
Cases in New Brunswick as of Thursday, Nov. 26. (CBC News)
Russell also announced 12 new cases in New Brunswick Thursday, with eight in the Saint John region, three in the Fredericton region and one in the Moncton region, as follows:
Saint John region (Zone 2):
one individual 19 and under; one individual 20 to 29; three people 40 to 49; one individual 60 to 69; one individual 80 to 89; and one individual 90 to 99.
Fredericton region (Zone 3):
two people 19 and under; and one individual 20 to 29.
Moncton region (Zone 1)
All cases are self-isolating and under investigation.
As of Thursday, there are 105 active cases in the province, and 120,145 completed tests, an increase of 1,497 from Wednesday.
Premier Blaine Higgs said he will be speaking with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Thursday night about vaccines, and possibly about a rollout timeline. (Submitted by the Government of New Brunswick) Premier, prime minister to talk vaccines Thursday night
Premier Blaine Higgs said he will be speaking with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday night about vaccines and vaccine rollouts.
He said he hoped to get some information about when the first vaccines might be available.
“I think what we’ll get tonight is a discussion around the whole rollout criteria … and how it will be administered per capita,” Higgs said at the COVID-19 briefing on Thursday.
“I’d love to think we’d be in a position to be able to roll out a vaccine in the coming months, maybe in the first quarter of this year, but I’m not in a position to verify that, and I’m hoping for some good news in that regard tonight.”
Remains of Atlantic bubble effectively vaporize as of midnight
Premier Blaine Higgs said that as of midnight Thursday night, the province is reverting back to its original 14-day-isolation rule “for anyone, from anywhere” coming into New Brunswick.
Higgs said at Thursday’s news briefing that there would be exemptions for commercial vehicles and people travelling for work, business, medical, child custody or child-care reasons.
On Monday, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador announced that they are taking a break from the Atlantic bubble as COVID-19 cases rise in the region.
The two regions backed out after Nova Scotia and New Brunswick saw an increase in cases over the weekend.
Horizon asks retirees, students to help with outbreak
Horizon Health Network has issued a call for volunteers to assist with the COVID-19 outbreak “should the need arise.”
The call was made via a tweet on Horizon’s Twitter account on Thursday.
In an email to CBC News on Thursday, Horizon said it has identified “an urgent need for staffing at the Saint John Regional Hospital, as well as our assessment centres in Saint John and Fredericton.”
“Because of this, Horizon is seeking interest from its clinical and non-clinical staff who are interested in volunteering for a 15-day deployment to any of these facilities,” chief human resource officer Maura McKinnon said in the email.
McKinnon said this call applies to a variety of staff, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, respiratory therapists, personal care attendants, medical laboratozry assistants, and administrative staff.
Horizon is also looking to students, retirees and members of its communities to assist with the outbreak if needed, McKinnon said. She did not detail what duties they would be asked to help with.
“We are onboarding new hires through our expedited process and expected to hire 20 additional personnel today.”
Higgs says ‘the threat is real’, urges patience, diligence
Community transmission of COVID-19 is “a real concern” in New Brunswick, Premier Blaine Higgs said at a news conference Thursday.
He flagged concerns around bars and “the younger demographic,” urging them to follow the health rules to allow businesses to operate.
“At this point, community transmission has not been confirmed, but the threat is real, so we are taking swift action right now” by rolling the Fredericton region back to the orange phase.
Higgs also noted that at midnight Thursday night, “anyone from anywhere coming back into New Brunswick must self-isolate for 14 days.”
He noted the following exemptions: commercial vehicles and people travelling for work, business, medical, child custody or child-care reasons.
The premier also noted that enforcement efforts have so far led to the issuing of 71 fines and 140 tickets for non-compliance.
“I know it’s not easy to have to deal with peace officers, but it’s all for our own good,” he said.
COVID forces curtain to open on virtual stage
The Capitol Theatre in Moncton insists the show must go, despite COVID-19.
Kim Rayworth, the theatre’s managing director, said virtual performances have been set for the Christmas season.
Some of those performances include A Down Home Christmas with Tomato/Tomato and Noël with Les Muses next month.
The Capitol is partnering with three other theatres in the province to showcase four solo performances simultaneously in the new year.
The partnership is with the University of Moncton, the Monument-Lefebvre Theatre and the Dieppe Arts and Culture Centre, in collaboration with Coup de cœur francophone.
Potential public exposure warnings for Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton
New Brunswick Public Health has warned of the following possible exposures to COVID-19 in Moncton and Saint John, including gyms, stores, bars, restaurants and on flights.
Anyone who visited these places during the identified times should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
Anyone who develops any COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate and take the self-assessment online to schedule a test.
Fredericton area The Snooty Fox on Nov. 18 and 19, 66 Regent St., between 8:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.
Public Health has identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious on Nov. 19 while on these flights:
Air Canada Flight 178 – from Edmonton to Toronto arrived at 5:58 a.m. Air Canada Flight 404– from Toronto to Montreal arrived at 10:16 a.m. Air Canada Flight 8902 – from Montreal to Moncton arrived at 4:17 p.m. Saint John area Vito’s Restaurant on Nov. 16, 111 Hampton Rd., Rothesay, between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Rothesay Route 1 Big Stop Restaurant on Nov. 14 between 12:45 p.m. and 2 p.m. (2870 Route 1, Rothesay).
Pub Down Under on Nov. 14, between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (400 Main St., Saint John)
Fish & Brew on Nov. 14 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (800 Fairville Blvd., Saint John)
Cora Breakfast and Lunch on Nov. 16 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. (39 King St., Saint John).
Goodlife Fitness McAllister Place on Nov. 16 between noon and 1 p.m. and on Nov. 18 between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (519 Westmorland Rd., Saint John).
NBCC Grandview campus on Nov. 16, 17, and 18 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (950 Grandview Ave., Saint John).
Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio on Nov. 19 between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. (47 Clark Rd., Rothesay)
Let’s Hummus at 44 Water St. between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.
Eighty-Three Bar Arcade at 43 Princess St. on Nov. 14 between midnight and 2 a.m.
Callie’s Pub at 2 Princess St. on Nov. 14 between midnight and 2 a.m.
O’Leary’s Pub at 46 Princess St. on Nov. 14 between midnight and 2 a.m.
Five and Dime Bar at 34 Grannan St. on Nov. 14, between 12:30 to 2:30 a.m
Freddie’s Pizza at 27 Charlotte St. on Nov. 14, between 2:30 to 3 a.m.
Big Tide Brewing Company at 47 Princess St. on Nov. 16, between 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Java Moose at 84 Prince William St. Nov. 16, between 2 to 2:30 p.m.
Rocky’s Sports Bar at 7 Market Square on Nov. 13, between 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Potential public exposure was also reported on Nov. 14 between 10:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.
Moncton RD Maclean Co. Ltd. on Nov. 16, 17 and 18 at 200 St. George St., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. GoodLife Fitness on Nov. 21 at 555 Dieppe Blvd, Dieppe, between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Fit 4 Less at 165 Main St. on Nov. 6-12, at various times between 5 p.m. and midnight. Full list on Public Health website.
GoodLife Fitness at Moncton Junction Village Gym on Nov. 6, between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Potential public exposure was also reported on Nov. 9, between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Aldo Shoes at Moncton Champlain Mall on Nov. 6-10 at various times between 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
CEPS Louis-J. Robichaud fitness room at 40 Antonine-Maillet Ave. on Nov. 6, 9, 10 and 12 at various times in the evening from 5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tandoori Zaika Cuisine and Bar at 196 Robinson St. on Nov. 8, between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m.
Keg Steakhouse and Bar at 576 Main St. on Nov. 17, between 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Flights into Moncton:
Air Canada Flight 8954 on Nov. 15 from Winnipeg to Toronto, arrived at 8:16 p.m.
Air Canada Flight 8918 on Nov. 15 from Toronto to Moncton, arrived at 11:43 p.m.
Air Canada Flight 0992 on Nov. 7 from Mexico City to Toronto, arrived at 7:20 p.m.
Air Canada Flight 8918 on Nov. 7 from Toronto to Moncton, arrived at 11:43 p.m.
What to do if you have a symptom
People concerned they might have COVID-19 symptoms can take a self-assessment test online.
Public Health says symptoms shown by people with COVID-19 have included:
A fever above 38 C.
A new cough or worsening chronic cough.
New onset of fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell.
In children, symptoms have also included purple markings on the fingers and toes.
People with one of those symptoms should: