New Brunswick Chief Health Officer, Dr. Jennifer Russell, provided an update on COVID-19 on November 10, 2020. Image: GNB YouTube screenshot.
The New Brunswick Department of Public Health reported 69 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.
After 44 more recoveries, there are now 548 active cases.
There are 102 active cases in the St. John's area and 218 in the Moncton area.
11 new cases were reported in the Moncton area, 21 in the St. John’s Health District, 17 in the Fredericton Health District, 1 in the Edmonton District, and 4 in the Campbellton District. The Bathurst Health District reported 1 case and Miramichi reported 14 cases in the district.
Seventeen people were hospitalized due to the virus and 11 needed intensive care unit.
86.2% of eligible people received the COVID-19 vaccine, and 93% received one dose of the vaccine.
Starting at 6 pm on Friday, the circuit breaker in the St. John’s area (Zone 2) will end.
Except for the cities of Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe, most of the Moncton Health District (Zone 1) will also end.
Health Minister Dorothy Shephard said in a press release: “The area has been under circuit breaker restrictions since October 8, and (public health) is taking these measures We should see lower cases later, but unfortunately, we don’t have one."
"More than half of our cases are caused by family transmission, which shouldn't happen. Despite these restrictions, the number of cases is still high, especially in the Greater Moncton area," Shepard added.
At the same time, with the exception of the Black River Bridge and the eastern community, most of the Miramichi area (District 7) will enter the 14-day circuit breaker; the Murray settlement and the southern area; New Jersey and the northern area.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell said that residents of New Brunswick 65 and older are now eligible for booster injections, as long as six months have passed after the second injection.
Similarly, a fully vaccinated person who has received one or two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine can make an appointment to receive an mRNA booster if 28 days have passed since the second dose.
People who are doing basic work, education, or health care outside of North America can also get the booster shot.