N.B. COVID-19 roundup: One death, 4 new cases, presumptive variant case reported
Death of Manoir Belle Vue resident brings province's COVID-related death toll to 28
- P.E.I. ramps up vaccine rollout plan
- COVID-related death toll rises to 28
- 4 new cases of COVID-19 reported
- Presumptive variant case in Miramichi region
- Case reported at Miramichi high school
- Active cases remain at 36
- What to do if you have a symptom
The province's COVID-related death toll has risen to 28.
Public Health announced Tuesday that a person aged 80 to 89 has died as a result of underlying complications, including COVID-19.
The person was a resident of the Manoir Belle Vue home in Edmundston.
Health Minister Dorothy Shephard and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell both extended condolences to the family, with Russell noting the death is "a sad reminder that this virus is not done with our province."
Four new cases, presumptive variant case identified
Public Health also announced four new cases on Tuesday, all of them in the Miramichi region, Zone 7, and a presumptive variant case.
The presumptive case, a recent confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Miramichi region, will be sent to Winnipeg's National Microbiology Laboratory for confirmation, the department said.
The new cases announced Tuesday break down in this way:
- an individual 20 to 29
- two people 50 to 59
- an individual 60 to 69
The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 1,435. Since Monday, three people have recovered for a total of 1,370 recoveries.
There have been 28 deaths, and the number of active cases is 36, with four of seven zones reporting no active cases. Three patients are in hospital, and all are in intensive care.
A total of 229,787 tests have been conducted, including 550 since Monday's report.
P.E.I.'s ramped-up rollout: Every adult gets one dose by July
Prince Edward Island's chief public health officer announced a new vaccination schedule Tuesday, based on a plan to delay providing second doses of vaccines in order to get first doses out to more people sooner.
P.E.I. is expecting delivery of 100,000 doses between April 1 and the end of June, Dr. Heather Morrison said.
Based on those deliveries, and the anticipated change in guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, Morrison said every Islander over 16 will be offered a single dose by the end of June.
The previous schedule had vaccinations for the general public only beginning in July.
The province also announced four new cases on Tuesday, and said two past cases have been confirmed as the B117 variant, in two women who had travelled off island.
P.E.I. is currently in a three-day lockdown, announced Monday, after 12 cases were reported and the number of active cases rose to 18 over the weekend, the most since the spring.
Case confirmed at Miramichi high school
The Anglophone North School District announced a positive case of COVID-19 at Miramichi Valley High School.
In a tweet Monday night, the school district said it's working with Public Health officials to identify any students and school personnel who might have been in contact with the case.
ASD-N is informing of a positive COVID-19 case in Miramichi Valley High School. We are currently working with Public Health officials. To read the full letter from the Superintendent, which includes further info, please visit <a href="https://t.co/JFqm2fKVl7">https://t.co/JFqm2fKVl7</a>—@asdnnb
"It is natural to want to know if your child may have been exposed to the virus," said Mark Donovan, superintendent of Anglophone North School District in a message to parents.
"Public Health officials will inform those who are at risk of the next steps, but to protect the privacy of students and school personnel, other details including names, will not be released."
What to do if you have a symptom
People concerned they might have COVID-19 symptoms can take a self-assessment test online.
Public Health says symptoms shown by people with COVID-19 have included:
A fever above 38 C.
A new cough or worsening chronic cough.
New onset of fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell.
In children, symptoms have also included purple markings on the fingers and toes.
People with one of those symptoms should:
Stay at home.
Call Tele-Care 811 or their doctor.
Describe symptoms and travel history.
With files from Marie Sutherland, Elizabeth Fraser