New Brunswick Tribune

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

N.B. COVID-19: As the vaccine program for kids increases, 95 new cases have been reported

Key takeaways:

  • New Brunswick reported 95 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 44 new recoveries, bringing the province’s total number of active cases to 743.
  • 79.2% of the total eligible population has been fully vaccinated, with 82.6 percent receiving only one dosage.

On Thursday, New Brunswick reported 95 new cases of COVID-19 and 44 additional recoveries, bringing the total number of current cases in the province to 743, up from 692.

COVID-19 has infected 55 persons, with 18 of them in intensive care, according to a press release from Public Health.

One of the patients in the hospital is under the age of 19.

Health Minister Dorothy Shephard warned New Brunswickers to be cautious ahead of Christmas, saying there’s always the risk that restrictions would be increased for the holidays if COVID-19 instances rise again.

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“The fact that the numbers are rising is really worrying,” she told reporters. “Many people are concerned that we may lose Christmas, which we are working to avoid. And residents of New Brunswick can help by simply adhering to public health standards.”

Later in the day, Shephard noted in a news release that the number of active cases continues to “creep up,” notably in southern New Brunswick and Miramichi.

“We know that some of those instances will require hospitalization, with unvaccinated patients being at higher risk. By limiting your contact numbers, wearing a mask, cleaning your hands, and being vaccinated, every New Brunswicker can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our province.”

A total of 87.7% of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older are now completely vaccinated, up from 87.6% in the previous update, and 93.5 percent have received their first dose.

The province’s goal is to double-dose at least 90% of the overall population.

As per the CBC vaccine tracker, 79.2% of the total eligible population has been fully vaccinated, with 82.6 percent receiving only one dosage.

As the vaccine program for kids increases, 95 new cases have been reported

The new cases are organized as follows:

Zone 1 of Moncton – 28 cases.

Fifteen of the instances are being investigated, and 13 are the contacts of cases that have already been confirmed.

Zone 2 of Saint John – 25 cases.

Fourteen of the cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases, while the remaining 11 are still being investigated.

20 instances in the Fredericton region, Zone 3.

Ten cases are being investigated, nine of which are contacts of previously confirmed cases, and one of which is a travel-related case.

One example is from the Campbellton region, Zone 5.

This case is still being investigated.

One example is from the Bathurst region, Zone 6.

This case is still being investigated.

17 cases in the Miramichi area, Zone 7.

Thirteen of the cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases, while the other seven are still being investigated.

“Over half of today’s cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, the state’s top medical officer.

To date, a total of 552,442 coronavirus tests have been performed, including 1,884 on Wednesday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, New Brunswick has had 7,998 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 7,121 recoveries and 123 COVID-related fatalities.

Source: CBC News

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