There are 32 new cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick and an outbreak has been declared at another Edmundston care home, Dr. Jennifer Russell said at a live-streamed COVID-19 update Thursday.

The update was the first since the Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton regions — Zones 1, 2 and 3 — were rolled back to the red phase of recovery on Tuesday.

They joined the Edmundston region, which was already in the red phase. The three remaining zones are in orange.

The situation in the Edmundston region, Zone 4, remains “gravely concerning,” Russell said. There are now 113 cases in that area, “the largest number of any zone in the province.”

Russell said outbreaks have spread to workplaces and to long-term care homes in the region, including a new outbreak at the Le Pavillon Le Royer section of the Résidences Hôtel-Dieu de Saint-Basile.

Premier Blaine Higgs, who also spoke at Thursday’s update, said that a complete lockdown of the Edmundston region has been discussed and looks “likely” to happen in the days ahead.

A case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at the Le Pavillon Le Royer, a special care home in Edmundston, in Zone 4. (Bernard Lebel/Radio-Canada) 32 new cases reported, 19 of them in Zone 4  

The cases announced Thursday break down in this way: 

Moncton region, Zone 1, five cases:

an individual 30 to 39  an individual 40 to 49  an individual 50 to 59  an individual 60 to 69  an individual 80 to 89 

Saint John region, Zone 2, three cases:

two people 20 to 29  an individual 40 to 49 

Fredericton region, Zone 3, three cases:

an individual 19 or under  an individual 40 to 49  an individual 60 to 69

Edmundston region, Zone 4, 19 cases:

an individual 19 or under  two people 20 to 29  two people 30 to 39  two people 40 to 49  five people 50 to 59  three people 60 to 69  an individual 70 to 79  three people 80 to 89 

Campbellton region, Zone 5, two cases:

All of the individuals are self-isolating and their cases are under investigation.

There are 324 active cases in New Brunswick as of Thursday. This graphic does not reflect a person with COVID-19 whose death was not related to the disease. (CBC News) Public exposure warnings

Public Health has identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious on the following flight:

Jan. 3 – Air Canada Flight 8910 from Toronto to Moncton, arrived at 11:23 a.m.

Public Health has also issued the following potential COVID-19 exposure warnings:

Edmundston region:

Sparta Progression Gym, 113 44th Ave. D., on Jan. 13 and Jan. 15 between 7 and 9 a.m.  

Moncton region:

Goodlife Fitness Centre, 175 Ivan Rand Dr. E., on Jan. 13 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.   Moncton North After Hours Medical Clinic, 1633 Mountain Rd., on Jan. 14 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Edmundston region:

Jean Coutu Kim Levesque-Cote Pharmacy, 276 Broadway Blvd., Grand Falls, on Jan. 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parts for Trucks, 21 Powers Rd., Grand Falls, on Jan. 11, 12 and 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 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.

Sore throat.

Runny nose.


New onset of fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell.

Difficulty breathing.

In children, symptoms have also included purple markings on the fingers and toes.

People with one of those symptoms should:

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