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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

3 more people have died in MB, and hospitalizations have risen to nearly 60

Three more people died in New Brunswick, bringing the total of hospitalizations to nearly 60

Key takeaways:

  • According to a news release issued by the province on Wednesday, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of three more people in New Brunswick.

COVID-19 has asserted the lives of 3 more people in New Brunswick, according to a news release issued by the province on Wednesday.

As a result of the virus, one person in their 50s died in Saint John, and two people in their 50s and 70s died in Fredericton.

The number of hospitalizations has risen to 59, up to three since Tuesday, with 16 people in critical condition.

“There are 41 people in the hospital who are over the age of 60, and ten people who are on a ventilator.” “No one below the age of 19 has been admitted to the hospital,” according to the press release.

Also read: COVID-19 cases have increased in New Brunswick by 746 on Tuesday

On Wednesday, the province reported 779 new infections and 65 recoveries. However, the release stated that from now on, PCR testing numbers and other data would be announced on the provincial dashboard rather than in news releases.

In the release, Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, stated, “We know that the PCR cases we will be reporting are not a true reflection of the severity of the situation.”

“We must remember that COVID-19 is all around us and that we must adhere to public health measures, such as getting fully vaccinated and receiving a booster when appropriate.”

There are 264 new cases in Zone 1 (Moncton), 202 new cases in Zone 2 (Saint John), 93 new cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton), 70 new cases in Zone 4 (Edmundston), 24 new cases in Zone 5 (Campbellton), 47 new cases in Zone 6 (Bathurst), and 79 new cases in Zone 7. (Miramichi region).

According to the province, 83% of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with 90.4 percent receiving their first dose and 21.9 percent receiving a booster dose.

Three more people died in New Brunswick, bringing the total of hospitalizations to nearly 60
Three more people died in NB, bringing the total of hospitalizations to nearly 60. Image from MSN

Changes are being tested.

People with COVID-19 symptoms must now register online for a PCR or rapid test “under the provincial government’s new testing strategy,” according to the province.

By filling out the online form, people can determine what kind of test they’re eligible for.

“Those with symptoms who are two to 49 years old and do not live in a vulnerable setting will be advised to take a rapid test,” the statement said.

“After registering their information, people can schedule an appointment at a local assessment center to pick up a rapid-test kit. Anyone picking up rapid tests must show proof of their appointment via email.”

PCR rests are now only given to people who are “at the highest risk of being hospitalized as a result of COVID-19,” such as:

Health-care workers and those who live or work in long-term care facilities, homeless shelters, and prisons.

Those were symptomatic and over the age of 50.

Those who are immunocompromised and have symptoms.

Those who are symptomatic and expecting a child.

People have been identified as a priority by the Department of Public Health.

PCR tests are also available to those who require them for travel, residents of First Nations communities, and children under two. In addition, people who are isolated due to their symptoms can leave for a test appointment.

“We need to ensure that every person with symptoms can get a test because of the rising case numbers caused by the Omicron variant,” said Health Minister Dorothy Shephard in the release.

“This means that people who don’t have any symptoms are ineligible for a rapid-test kit.” There’s no need to keep tests on hand. 

If you have extra test kits at home and are currently experiencing no symptoms, I encourage you to convey them to family and friends who may require them. 

We expect additional rapid tests to be available in the coming days and weeks for anyone with symptoms, and we must ensure that our most vulnerable are protected.”

Source: Global News

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