NB COVID-19 Roundup: Parts of Miramichi Health Zone Enter Circuit Breaker | CBC News

2021-11-12 10:52:37 By : Ms. kathy huang

Due to the sharp increase in cases in the Miramichi area, most areas of District 7 will start to implement circuit breaker measures at 6 pm on Friday. 

There are several areas that are unrestricted-the Black River Bridge and eastern communities; Murray settlement and southern regions; New Jersey and northern communities.

At the same time, District 2 of the St. John’s area will release its circuit breaker at 6pm on Friday 

The circuit breaker in Zone 1 will last another week, but only in Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe. 

The chief medical officer of the province’s health, Dr. Jennifer Russell, said that circuit breaker measures have proven effective in most areas. 

She said at the COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday: “We have seen a decrease in the number of new cases across the province, and our active cases have been reduced by half. The number of hospitalizations and ICU admissions has also decreased.” 

However, the number of cases in District 7 “is rising sharply. So this means that we need to make greater efforts to bend this curve.”

She said that relative to the number of active cases in the area, the number of public exposures in District 7 is low because most transmissions are carried out within the household. 

The same situation continues to occur in Moncton in District 1. 

"More than half of the cases we saw in the area occurred within the family," Russell said. "We saw the virus spread within the family and then spread again through social contact."

"Now, if everyone abides by the circuit breaker restrictions and restricts their close contacts to immediate family members, then technically speaking, by then, the epidemic should have been greatly reduced." 

Russell said this shows that "a few people...can influence larger groups and larger regions, larger regions, and the entire hospital system."

On Wednesday, the public health department announced 69 new cases. There were 44 cases of recovery, which brings the total number of active cases to 548. 

The number of hospitalizations is 17—one more than the previous day—and one more person is in the ICU, for a total of 11 people. 

Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health, said: "Compared with the situation in the past month, this is a huge improvement, but before all restrictions are lifted, we need to further reduce these numbers."

Of the new cases, 39 (57%) were not vaccinated and 30 (43%) were fully vaccinated.

Of the 11 people in the ICU, 10 were not vaccinated and 1 was fully vaccinated.

Of the 17 people who were hospitalized, 13 were not vaccinated and 4 were fully vaccinated. There is currently no person 19 years of age or younger in the hospital.

Russell said the number of new cases on Wednesday was a bit exaggerated due to some early positive cases.  

"The reason for the increase in cases today is that the results of some people who were initially found to be infected through rapid testing have been confirmed by our laboratory. Since these people have self-isolated, we believe that the overall trend will reduce the number of cases and should continue, which is why public health The department is happy to lift the circuit breaker restrictions."

As of Wednesday, 86.2% of New Brunswick people had been fully vaccinated, and 93% had at least one dose.

Russell said the vaccination clearly had an impact. In the months before the vaccination, 12% of COVID-19 cases were admitted to the hospital.

"Since the introduction of the vaccine, this number has dropped to 2%," she said.

"This means that although we see more COVID 19 cases, the number of people who are severely affected by the virus will decrease accordingly."

Since the last report, 1,126 COVID tests have been conducted, and a total of 533,150 tests have been conducted during the pandemic.

All New Brunswick people over 65 are now eligible for the third vaccination, as long as at least six months have passed since the second vaccination. 

Anyone who receives AstraZeneca as their first or second injection is also eligible for an mRNA booster. 

Those who need to travel abroad for work, education or health care are also eligible for boosters. 

"To get this booster, you need to provide a letter of certification from your employer, doctor or educational institution, certifying that your travel outside of North America is essential," Russell explained. 

The first and second doses can be booked at the regional health authority vaccination clinics or at participating pharmacies through the online reservation system, as well as booster doses for eligible people. Residents of Indigenous communities can also make appointments at community clinics.

The list of upcoming clinics is available online.

The number of cases in the Moncton area or District 1 continues to be a public health concern one month after being transferred to the circuit breaker.

"I care about the Moncton area very much," Shepard said. "We have had circuit breaker restrictions for a month, and the number of cases is still high, and more than half of them are mainly due to family transmission.

"With the single-family bubble coming into effect, we should not see this level."

Sheppard said that the public safety department will increase enforcement in the Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe area, "to ensure that those who should be isolated are doing this, and to ensure that family gatherings do not occur.

"If you find a violation, I encourage you to call 1-844-462-8387 or send an email to helpaide@gnb.ca. The health and safety of our community is threatened."

The 69 new COVID-19 cases confirmed on Wednesday were distributed in all seven health areas:

Six cases are under investigation, and five are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

St. John’s District, District 2, 21 cases:

Sixteen cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases, and five cases are under investigation.

Ten cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases, and seven cases are under investigation.

Edmundston area, District 4, one situation: 

The case is under investigation.

Campbellton area, zone 5, four cases:

Three cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases, and one case is under investigation.

Bathurst area, District 6, one situation: 

This is the contact person for the previously confirmed case

Eleven cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases, and three cases are under investigation.

PowerPlay Academy Moncton 5 has confirmed a case in a daycare facility in District 1.

According to the public health department, the affected families have been notified. 

A press release issued by the province on Wednesday stated: "If you have not been notified directly, you have not been identified as a close contact." 

Since September 7, 69 early childhood education and childcare institutions have confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The school did not announce new cases on Tuesday and Wednesday, and it is now the second week of their online learning. According to the Ministry of Education, before this week, the last time this happened was on September 8, the day after school started. 

According to the dashboard, 24 schools are still being positively affected. Since the beginning of the school year, 122 schools have confirmed 453 cases of COVID-19.

The Minister of Health said that New Brunswick people who want to give up COVID-19 masks as soon as possible are out of luck.

Dorothy Shephard said that masks will always exist "for the foreseeable future."

When asked what else the province can do to fight COVID-19, she commented to reporters on Tuesday when the number of new daily COVID-19 cases continued to hover between about 40 and 50, especially in Mongolia. District 1 of the Kerton area is still worried, despite the month-long circuit breaker.

"Well, I think we have always known that eventually we will live with COVID. This is what we have... important nuances, I think... to be accepted," she said.

"I also think we now know that according to the reality of [the] delta [variant], masks will appear in our future in the foreseeable future."

The highly spread mutation is driving the fourth wave of pandemic. It has also raised vaccination targets to achieve so-called herd immunity, that is, vaccinating a certain percentage of the population can protect other unvaccinated people.

The initial goal was to have 75% of New Brunswick people 12 years and older fully vaccinated. The new goal is for at least 90% of the total population (not just the eligible population) to take a double dose.

According to CBC Tracker data, as of Tuesday afternoon, 75.9% of the total population had received two doses, while 82% had received one dose.

Sheppard said that most of the new COVID-19 cases in the province are family transmission, and urged everyone to reduce the number of contacts as much as possible.

"So I think the only thing we can do is to continue to remind the people of New Brunswick that, you know, they have a lot of power in preventing the spread of COVID and any of its variants. So we just ask for their help. Day. "

Since 11:59 pm on September 21st, all indoor public places are mandatory to wear masks. Public health recommends updating the rules for wearing masks to ensure that people can continue to receive emergency care, intensive care beds and hospital beds when needed. Russell said at the time.

For a complete list of new and previous public exposure notices, please visit the New Brunswick Government website.

People who are not fully vaccinated at least 14 days before possible exposure and are symptomatic should still undergo laboratory testing for COVID. They can make an appointment online or call Tele-Care 811, and must be isolated while waiting for the test results.

People who are not fully vaccinated and asymptomatic are now instructed to receive a home-based COVID-19 Rapid POCT (Rapid POCT) screening kit. If they are not instructed by public health, they do not need to be isolated.

All positive point-of-care test results must be confirmed by laboratory polymerase chain reaction or PCR testing.

It can take up to 14 days to test positive after exposure to COVID-19, so even if the result is negative, they should continue to self-monitor for any symptoms and be tested immediately if they develop any symptoms.

During this 14-day period, they should also avoid visiting places with vulnerable groups, such as nursing homes, correctional facilities, and shelters.

For people who have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before possible exposure, public health recommends that they monitor symptoms for 14 days after possible exposure and perform COVID laboratory testing when symptoms appear.

They do not need to be isolated while waiting for the test results.

If they have no symptoms, they can pick up a rapid test kit and do not need to be isolated.

People who are worried that they might be infected with COVID-19 can take a self-assessment test online.

According to the public health department, the symptoms of the disease include fever over 38 degrees Celsius, new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, new fatigue and difficulty breathing.

In children, symptoms also include purple markings on the fingers and toes.

People with one of these symptoms should stay at home, call 811 or their doctor and follow the instructions.

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