The Fredericton Region (Zone 3) will revert to the orange phase at midnight on Thursday evening, joining the Saint John and Moncton regions in the more restrictive phase of the COVID-19 recovery.
"We need concerted action and we need it now," said Dr. Jennifer Russell, noting that there have been several new cases and cases of interactions at large gatherings.
All other health zones are in the yellow phase.
Russell said the move to orange was recommended because of the high levels of social interactions and attitudes, multiple exposure including schools, pubs, gyms, health facilities and sports clubs, and the "significant" population interaction between the Fredericton area and the other two regions these are already in the orange phase.
"COVID-19 remains present here and in the rest of the Atlantic provinces," said Russell. "w is not the time for larger social gatherings … To make the orange zones yellow again for Christmas, we don't need to reduce essential activities as much as possible."
Falls in New Brunswick as of Thursday, vember 26th. (CBC News)
Russell also announced twelve new cases on Thursday in New Brunswick, including eight in the Saint John area, three in the Fredericton area, and one in the Moncton area:
Saint John Region (Zone 2):
- a person under 19 years of age;
- a person 20 to 29;
- three people 40 to 49;
- a person 60 to 69;
- a person 80 to 89; and
- a person 90 to 99.
Fredericton Region (Zone 3):
- two people under 19 years of age; and
- a person 20 to 29.
Moncton Region (Zone 1)
All cases are self-isolating and are being investigated.
As of Thursday, there are 105 active cases in the province and 120,145 tests completed, an increase of 1,497 from Wednesday.
Prime Minister Blaine Higgs said he would speak to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about vaccines and possibly a schedule for their introduction Thursday night. (Submitted by the New Brunswick Government)
Prime Minister, Prime Minister to talk about vaccines Thursday night
Prime Minister Blaine Higgs said he would speak to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about vaccines and vaccine introductions on Thursday evening.
He said he hoped to get some information on when the first vaccines might be available.
"I think what we're going to get tonight is a discussion of the overall rollout criteria … and how they're managed on a per capita basis," Higgs said at the COVID-19 briefing on Thursday.
"I would like to believe that in the coming months, maybe the first quarter of this year, we would be able to roll out a vaccine, but I am unable to verify this and I hope for good news in this regard tonight. "
Horizon asks retirees and students to help with outbreak
The Horizon Health Network has called on volunteers to help with the COVID-19 outbreak "if necessary".
The call was made via a tweet on Horizons Twitter account on Thursday.
In an email to CBC News Thursday, Horizon said it had "identified an urgent need for staff at Saint John Regional Hospital as well as our assessment centers in Saint John and Fredericton."
"For this reason, Horizon is asking its clinical and non-clinical staff to be interested in volunteering for a 15-day assignment at any of these facilities," said Maura McKinnon, chief human resource officer, in the email.
McKinnon said the call is open to a wide variety of employees including Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Respiratory Therapists, Personal Care Attendants, Medical Laboratory Associate Assistants, and Administrative Staff.
Horizon is also looking for students, retirees, and members of its community to help with the outbreak if needed, McKinnon said. She did not specify what tasks to help with.
"We are taking on new employees through our accelerated process and are expected to take on 20 additional employees today."
Higgs says "the threat is real," urges patience and diligence
Community transmission of COVID-19 is "a real problem" in New Brunswick, Premier Blaine Higgs told a news conference Thursday.
He highlighted concerns about bars and "the younger population" and urged them to follow health rules in order for businesses to operate.
"At this point in time, the community has not confirmed the broadcast, but the threat is real. So we are taking action now," by moving the Fredericton area back to the orange phase.
Higgs also noted that at midnight Thursday night, "anyone returning to New Brunswick from anywhere must self-isolate for 14 days".
He noted the following exceptions: commercial vehicles and people traveling for work, business, medical, custody or care reasons.
The Prime Minister also noted that enforcement efforts to date have resulted in 71 fines and 140 tickets for violations.
"I know peace officials aren't easy to deal with, but it's all for our own good," he said.
COVID is forcing the curtain to open on the virtual stage
The Capitol Theater in Moncton insists the show must go despite COVID-19.
Kim Rayworth, the theater's executive director, said virtual performances are scheduled for the Christmas season.
Some of these appearances include A Down Home Christmas with Tomate / Tomato and ël with Les Muses next month.
The Capitol is working with three other theaters in the province to present four solo performances at the same time in the New Year.
The partnership exists with the University of Moncton, the Monument Lefebvre Theater and the Dieppe Arts and Culture Center in collaboration with Coup de cœur francophone.
Possible 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, shops, bars, restaurants, and on flights.
Anyone who has visited these places during the stated times should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
Anyone developing COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate and do the self-assessment online to schedule a test.
- The Snooty Fox on vember 18 and 19, 66 Regent St., between 8:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Public health has found a positive case in one traveler who may have been contagious vember 19th on these flights:
- Air Canada Flight 178 – Edmonton to Toronto arrived at 5:58 in the morning.
- Air Canada Flight 404 – Toronto to Montreal arrived at 10:16 am.
- Air Canada Flight 8902 – Montreal to Moncton arrived at 4:17 pm.
Saint John area
- Vito's restaurant vember 16, 111 Hampton Rd., Rothesay, between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
- Rothesay Route 1 Big Stop Restaurant on vember 14 between 12:45 p.m. and 2 p.m. (2870 Route 1, Rothesay).
- Pub down under on vember 14 between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (400 Main St., Saint John)
- Fish & Brew vember 14th between 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM (800 Fairville Blvd., Saint John)
- Cora breakfast and lunch on vember 16 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. (39 King St., Saint John).
- Goodlife Fitness McAllister Place vember 16 between noon and 1 p.m. and vember 18 between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (519 Westmorland Rd., Saint John).
- NBCC Grandview Campus on vember 16, 17, and 18 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (950 Grandview Ave., Saint John).
- Merle rman cosmetic studio vember 19th between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. (47 Clark Rd., Rothesay)
Let's get hummus at 44 Water St. between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.
Eighty three bar arcade at 43 Princess St. on vember 14th between midnight and 2am.
Callie & # 39; s Pub at 2 Princess Street on vember 14th between midnight and 2am.
O & # 39; Leary & # 39; s Pub at 46 Princess St. on vember 14th between midnight and 2am.
Five and Dime Bar at Grannan St. 34 on vember 14th between 12:30 pm and 2:30 am
Freddie's pizza at 27 Charlotte Street on vember 14 between 2:30 and 3 a.m.
Big Tide Brewing Company at 47 Princess Street on vember 16 between 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM
Java Mosses at 84 Prince William St. vember 16, between 2pm and 2:30 pm
Rocky & # 39; s Sports Bar on vember 13th on Marktplatz 7 between 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. Possible public exposure was also reported on vember 14th between 10:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.
- RD Maclean Co. Ltd. on vember 16, 17 and 18 at 200 St. George Street between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- GoodLife Fitness on vember 21 at 555 Dieppe Blvd, Dieppe, between 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM
Fit 4 less in Hauptstraße 165 on vember 6th and 12th, at different times between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. and midnight. Full list on Public Health website.
GoodLife Fitness at the Moncton Junction Village gym on vember 6, between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Potential public exposure was also reported on vember 9, between 8:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and 10 p.m.
- Aldo shoes in the Moncton Champlain Mall on vember 6th and 10th at different times between 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
CEPS Louis-J. Robichaud gym on Antonine-Maillet Ave. 40 on vember 6, 9, 10 and 12 at different times in the evening from 5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tandoori Zaika kitchen and bar at 196 Robinson Street on vember 8th between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m.
Keg steakhouse and bar at 576 Main St. on vember 17th between 7.45pm and 8.30pm
Flights to Moncton:
Air Canada Flight 8954 vember 15 from Winnipeg to Toronto, arriving at 8:16 p.m.
Air Canada flight 8918 Toronto to Moncton on vember 15, arriving at 11:43 p.m.
Air Canada flight 0992 from Mexico City to Toronto on vember 7th, arrived at 7:20 pm.
Air Canada flight 8918 Toronto to Moncton on vember 7th, arriving at 11:43 p.m.
What to do if you have a symptom
People who fear having COVID-19 symptoms can take a self-assessment test online.
According to Public Health, symptoms of people with COVID-19 include:
Fever over 38 ° C.
A new cough or a worsening of the chronic cough.
New tiredness, muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell.
Symptoms in children also included purple markings on their fingers and toes.
People with any of these symptoms should: