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COVID-19 roundup: 118 fresh cases with 31 Omicron cases reported

118 fresh cases, 31 confirmed Omicron cases

Key takeaways:

  • Today, the province reports 118 new COVID-19 cases across six regions, with nearly half of those cases occurring in Fredericton’s Zone 3.
  • Premier Blaine Higgs said the Delta variant is still driving most cases in the province in an interview with Rosemary Barton on Sunday.

Today, the province is reporting 118 new cases of COVID-19 in six regions, with nearly half of those cases occurring in Zone 3 in Fredericton.

According to a press release issued by Public Health on Monday afternoon, there have been 107 recoveries, and 42 people admitted to hospitals, with 17 of them in intensive care.

Twenty-six of those in the hospital are over 60, and ten are on a ventilator. There is no one in the hospital under 19 who has COVID-19.

Six of the 42 people admitted to the hospital for other reasons contracted COVID-19 due to outbreaks in Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton, and Miramichi hospitals.

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According to Public Health, most of these people are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms.

The new cases are organized as follows:

Zone 1 of the Moncton region

14 instances

Zone 2 of the Saint John region

a total of 24 cases

Zone 3  Fredericton region.

Edmundston region, Zone 4: 53 cases

Bathurst Region, Zone 6: 17 cases

four instances

Zone 7 of the Miramichi region

Six instances

There have been 31 positive cases of the Omicron variant.

There are now 31 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in the province.

Since Nov. 26, when the Omicron variant was declared a variant of concern, 568 samples have been sequenced, including all travel-related cases, according to Public Health.

Aside from the number of cases, the department provides no information about any of the Omicron cases, such as the region where they were discovered, the severity, or the age of those who have contracted it.

Premier Blaine Higgs said the Delta variant is still driving most cases in the province in an interview with Rosemary Barton on Sunday.

“For several weeks, it’s been pretty consistently and stubbornly Delta,” Higgs stated.

118 fresh cases, 31 confirmed Omicron cases
118 fresh cases, 31 confirmed Omicron cases reported in NB. Image from Pharmaceutical

On Monday, Dr. Jennifer Russell, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, reiterated that message but cautioned residents to remain vigilant due to Omicron’s transmissibility.

In a news release, Russell said, “Given what we’re seeing in neighboring provinces, it’s critical that we… do everything we can to slow the spread of this variant.”

“Case investigations were prioritized by Public Health so that possible cases could be identified quickly. I urge everyone to play their part by adhering to all Public Health measures and scheduling a booster dose appointment as soon as they are eligible.”

Vaccination statistics have been updated.

According to a news release from Public Health, 82.6 percent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with 89.5 percent having received their first dose as of Monday.

A booster dose was given to another 14% of people.

Additional booster clinics are available at regional health authorities’ community COVID-19 vaccination clinics and participating pharmacies.

Those who are eligible for pediatric vaccinations or booster doses and those who have not yet received their first or second dose can make an appointment at a regional health authority clinic or a participating pharmacy using the online booking system.

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 illness have included a fever of more than 38 degrees Celsius, a new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, new-onset fatigue, and difficulty breathing.

Purple markings on the fingers and toes have also been reported in children.

If you have one of these symptoms, stay at home, call 811 or your doctor, and follow their instructions.

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