- According to Public Health, COVID-19 has claimed another life in New Brunswick and infected 55 more people.
- In the Miramichi Regional Hospital’s intensive care unit and family practice unit, one patient has tested positive in the epidemic (2 West).
COVID-19 has claimed another life in New Brunswick and infected 55 more people, according to Public Health.
In their 70s died due to COVID-19 in the Fredericton region, Zone 3, bringing the pandemic death toll to 125.
Sixty-six people have been admitted to hospitals with the illness, with 15 of them in critical condition. 2 of those hospitalized are under the age of 19.
Chief medical officer of health, Dr. Jennifer Russell, claimed that 27 hospital patients caught COVID-19 while already in the hospital for another reason, citing outbreaks at Moncton Hospital, Saint John Regional Hospital, and Miramichi Regional Hospital.
“The figures are alarming. There’s no getting around that, “Dorothy Shephard, Minister of Health, stated.
She stated that Public Health is working on a COVID-19 “winter plan.”
“It won’t only look at this new omicron variation; it’ll look at any variant. And as we progress through our winter and also into the future, how are we going to handle, you know, whether a variant is vaccine-resistant, whether it isn’t, whether it’s more transmissible, whether it’s not — all of those components, we need a long-term plan so that the people of New Brunswick can predict what’s going to happen.”
According to Shephard, the new COVID-19 variation of concern omicron, which has now been confirmed in Ontario and Quebec, has not yet been discovered in New Brunswick. Still, the province is aggressively checking for it.
“We’ll be very diligent,” she told reporters.
“We should know… in the next few days what that capacity is and how far we can extend,” she said.
Border restrictions, according to the minister, are not out of the question.
“Depending on what occurs in our neighboring provinces, I’m sure Public Health will consider all options.”
At Moncton Hospital, infections have been linked to 26 patients, and six positive staff cases on the family medicine and also palliative care unit, Unit 3600, rehabilitation unit, Unit 4400, stroke, and family medicine unit, Unit 4600, and family practice and the geriatric unit, Unit 5100. Thirty patients are in the COVID unit, and three are in the ICU at the hospital.
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In the Miramichi Regional Hospital’s intensive care unit and family practice unit, one patient has tested positive in the epidemic (2 West). The COVID unit has two patients, and the ICU has four.
There are 667 active cases.
In addition to the 55 new COVID-19 cases verified on Tuesday, Public Health also announced 93 recoveries, bringing the province’s active case count down from 706 to 667.
81.7 percent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, up from 81.6 percent last year, and 86.7 percent have received their first dose, up from 86.5 percent last year.
This is down from 88% and 93.8 percent on Sunday since the province has begun to include young children in its immunization figures.
After Health Canada approved using the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine in this age group, New Brunswick began vaccinating children aged five to eleven on Friday.
As of Monday, nearly 3,000 children had received at least one dose. There are around 54,500 eligible youngsters.
What to do if you’re experiencing a symptom
People who think they may have COVID-19 can take an online self-assessment test.
According to Public Health, symptoms of the sickness have included a fever above 38 degrees Celsius, a new or worsening cough, headache, new-onset lethargy, sore throat, runny nose, and difficulty breathing.
Purple markings on fingers and toes have also been reported in children.
Stay at home if you have one of these symptoms and contact 811 or your local emergency number.
Source: CBC News
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