- As it prepares to implement new measures in response to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant, the province of NB has revealed 163 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths.
- Restaurant dining is still permitted, but two meters between tables must be maintained, and proof of vaccination is still required.
On Friday, the province of NB revealed 163 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths as it prepares to implement new measures in response to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.
The province stated that 36 people are in Zone 1 (Moncton region), 64 in Zone 2 (Saint John region), 34 in Zone 3 (Fredericton region), 11 in Zone 4 (Edmundston region), two in Zone 5 (Campbellton region), five in Zone 6 (Bathurst region), and 11 in Zone 7 (Bathurst region) (Miramichi region).
COVID-19 has also claimed the lives of two people in their 70s, one in Zone 1 and the other in Zone 3.
The province has also confirmed 16 new Omicron variant cases, bringing the total number of cases to 30.
There are 45 people in the hospital right now, 14 of whom are in intensive care. Currently, seven people are on a ventilator.
“Six of the 45 people admitted for other reasons contracted COVID-19 as a result of outbreaks at hospitals in Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton, and Miramichi,” according to the release. “The majority of these people have mild to moderate symptoms.”
There are 28 people over the age of 60 in the hospital, and no one under 19 is there.
There are now 1,255 active cases after 143 recoveries.
According to the release, 82.5 percent of eligible New Brunswickers have been fully vaccinated, with 89.1% receiving their first dose. In addition, 11.9 percent received a booster dose, with 43,360 booster shot appointments scheduled.
In addition, 34.2 percent of children aged five to eleven years old have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 17,500 appointments scheduled through regional health authority clinics.
Measures in the interim
In addition to the current Level 1 measures, the following measures will take effect at 11:59 p.m.
People must keep their number of household contacts to a minimum of 20.
Businesses, retail establishments, gyms, salons, and spas must all maintain a certain level of separation at all times. Restaurant dining is still permitted, but two meters between tables must be maintained, and proof of vaccination is still required.
Movie theatres, professional sporting venues, casinos, and other entertainment venues will be operating at 50% capacity with a two-meter separation.
“We’re seeing case numbers rise quickly in other provinces as a result of the Omicron variant, and we need to do everything we can to avoid the same thing happening here,” Health Minister Dorothy Shephard said in a statement.
“Everyone must play a role in protecting themselves, their loved ones, and our healthcare system by adhering to Public Health measures aimed at reducing contacts and slowing the spread of the disease.”
Parents are encouraged to schedule an appointment for their children to be vaccinated, and those who are eligible for a booster dose should do so as soon as possible.”
According to the province, grocery stores won’t ask for proof of vaccination instead of enforcing distancing requirements.
“The original intention,” Shephard said, “was to give stores a choice, and those who chose the proof-of-vaccination option would offer delivery or curbside pickup; it was never the intention for anyone to believe they couldn’t get groceries,” according to the release.
“Other retail establishments that do not sell groceries, as well as salons and spas, can continue to require proof of vaccination or maintain a safe distance.”
Source: Global News
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