The New Brunswick government will provide an update on COVID-19 Wednesday, the first day of the entire province being back at the orange level of recovery.
Dr. Jennifer Russell, the chief medical officer of health, and Health Minister Dorothy Shephard will participate in the news conference, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in Fredericton. It will be live streamed here on CBC New Brunswick’s website.
On Tuesday, Russell announced a record single-day number of new cases at 27 and a rollback of every zone in the province to the stricter phase, which took effect at midnight.
This is the first time the Bathurst and Miramichi regions, zones 6 and 7, have been returned to orange since the pandemic began in March.
The Campbellton region, Zone 5, was the first in the province to be bumped back on May 27. It stayed at the orange level for 29 days before Public Health officials felt it was safe to return to the yellow level.
All zones were rolled back to the stricter orange level at midnight Tuesday. (Government of New Brunswick)
On Oct. 10, the Campbellton region went back to orange again, this time for 27 days.
The Moncton region, Zone 1, has also been placed in orange twice, on Oct. 10 and Nov. 20. It took 13 and 17 days respectively before the region was returned to yellow.
The Saint John region, Zone 2, went to orange on Nov. 21 for 20 days, followed by the Fredericton region, Zone 3, on Nov. 27 for 10 days, and the Edmundston region, Zone 4, on Dec. 12 for 11 days.
Orange level guidelines
At the orange level, residents must stick to a one-household bubble, which can be extended to caregivers, an immediate family member who needs the support from someone in the household, and one other person who needs support. Only members of this single-household are permitted to go to restaurants and other venues together.
Face masks are mandatory in all indoor public places and in outdoor public spaces if physical distancing of two metres cannot be maintained.
Outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people are permitted with physical distancing. Physical distancing is required in all other settings.
Residents must stick to a single-household bubble at the orange level. (Government of New Brunswick) 15 cases at Saint John nursing home
There are now 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Shannex Inc.’s Tucker Hall nursing home in Saint John.
Three more employees and 10 more residents have tested positive, the company said in a news release Tuesday night.
“This is upsetting news for our Parkland Saint John community,” the release said. “The residents and families of Tucker Hall have endured a great deal and we are saddened that they must go through this time of uncertainty and isolation, but we are here with them.”
An outbreak was declared at the nursing home on Nov. 20, but until Monday, the last positive case was announced on Dec. 17.
On Monday, an employee tested positive and a resident, who was identified as a close contact, subsequently tested positive.
Residents at Tucker Hall are isolating in their rooms after 15 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. (Graham Thompson/CBC)
All of the approximately 90 residents and 130 employees were retested Tuesday, but it could take until Wednesday evening to receive all of the results, according to the statement.
Families of the residents who tested positive have been contacted.
All residents are isolating in their rooms and contact tracing continues.
The new cases come as Shannex was anticipating Public Health lifting its outbreak status next week, after going about 17 days with no new cases.
Outbreaks are typically declared over 28 days — two COVID-19 incubation periods — after the latest case tested positive.
80 active cases
There are 80 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, as of Tuesday afternoon. One patient is hospitalized and is in an intensive care unit. The active cases include:
Moncton region, Zone 1: 31 Saint John region, Zone 2: 4 Fredericton region, Zone 3: 31 Edmundston region, Zone 4: 6 Campbellton region, Zone 5: 6 Bathurst region, Zone 6: 1 Miramichi region, Zone 7: 1
New Brunswick has had 662 confirmed cases since the pandemic began. To date, 572 people have recovered and there have been nine COVID-related deaths. The death of a 10th person with COVID-19 was not related to the disease.
A total of 155,253 tests have been conducted.
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: