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N.B. reports a new high of 177 new cases, with seven people on ventilators.

N.B. reports a new high of 177 new cases

key takeaways:

  • According to the Department of Public Health, 33.1 percent of children aged five to eleven have received their first COVID-19 vaccine.
  • On Thursday, New Brunswick reported a record-breaking 177 new COVID-19 cases, with 81 recoveries.

On Thursday, New Brunswick reported a record-breaking 177 new cases of COVID-19, with 81 recoveries.

There are 33 new cases in Zone 1 (Moncton), 32 new cases in Zone 2 (Saint John), 60 new cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton), 17 new cases in Zone 4 (Edmundston), three new cases in Zone 5 (Campbellton), four new cases in Zone 6 (Bathurst), and 28 new cases in Zone 7. (Miramichi region).

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According to the province, 15 people are in critical care, and 26 are in the hospital. Twenty-five of the 41 people are over 60, and seven are on a ventilator. In the hospital, no one under the age of 19 is present.

“Six of the 41 people admitted for other reasons contracted COVID-19 as a result of outbreaks at hospitals in Moncton, Saint John, and Miramichi,” the province said in a statement. “The majority of these people have mild to moderate symptoms.”

Residents should also be aware of temporary measures announced by the provincial government on Monday to help slow the spread of the Omicron variant.

Health Minister Dorothy Shephard urges people who visited St. Francis Xavier University or Antigonish, N.S. Between Dec. 3 and 5 to schedule a PCR test at an assessment center “as soon as possible” because of the high number of cases.

N.B. reports a new high of 177 new cases, with 7 people on ventilators.
N.B. reports a new high of 177 new cases, with 7 people on ventilators. Image from Healthline

“I also request that those returning home for the holidays from post-secondary institutions outside the province pick up rapid tests,” she added. “We have 14 confirmed Omicron cases.” We know there will be more, but we must do everything possible to slow the spread. As a result, we’ve taken additional interim measures.”

Vaccination

According to the Department of Public Health, 33.1 percent of children aged five to eleven have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, with an additional 17,210 appointments scheduled.

Overall, 82.5 percent of eligible New Brunswickers have been fully vaccinated, with 89 percent receiving their first dose and 11.1 percent receiving a booster dose.

Currently, 38,730 booster shot appointments have been scheduled.

“Seeing so many New Brunswickers get vaccinated is encouraging,” Shephard said in a statement. “This is especially important now, as Omicron concerns grow.”

The winter plan to manage COVID-19 is currently in its Level 1 phase throughout New Brunswick.

Source: Global News

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