New Brunswick

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 9 new cases, 2 false positives identified

New Brunswick recorded nine new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, six of them in the Edmundston region, Zone 4.

20 people in hospital, 12 of them in ICU

The nine new cases confirmed Friday put the total number of active cases in the province at 141. (NIAID Integrated Research Facility/Reuters)


  • Positive case at daycare
  • QMJHL announces updated playoff format
  • Edmundston hospital continues to cope
  • Orange level begins in Grand Falls region
  • New possible exposures
  • Previous exposure notices
  • What to do if you have a symptom

New Brunswick recorded nine new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, six of them in the Edmundston region, Zone 4.

The Moncton region, Zone 1, has two new cases, while the Saint John region, Zone 2, has one.

The total number of active cases is 141.

Twenty people are in hospital, 12 of whom are in intensive care.

Public Health has revised the total number of confirmed cases. Two previously reported cases in Zone 4 have been removed from the list because of false positive results, according to a news release.

"The lab is working to determine the cause," it said.

The nine new cases break down in this way:

Moncton region, Zone 1: two

  • An individual 20 to 29. This case is a contact of a previously reported case.
  • An individual 30 to 39. This case is travel-related.

Saint John region, Zone 2: one

  • An individual 80 to 89. This case is travel-related.

Edmundston region, Zone 4: six

  • Three people 19 or under.
  • An individual 30 to 39.
  • Two people 50 to 59.
Most of the new cases are in the Edmundston region, Zone 4, part of which remains under lockdown for at least another week. (CBC)

Four are these cases are contacts of a previously confirmed case and two are under investigation.

New Brunswick has had 1,767 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March 2020. There have been 33 COVID-related deaths and 1,592 recoveries.

A total of 273,193 tests have been conducted to date, including 1,382 on Thursday.

The following chart shows the active case rates and total case rates for each of the province's seven zones, based on population numbers provided by the Department of Health and on current case counts.

Region Population Active cases Active case rate* Cases to date Rate of cases to date*
Moncton   222,694        15            6.7         378                 170
Saint John   176,280        11            6.2         244                 138
Fredericton   183,421         8            4.4         255                 139
Edmundston    48,254       106          219.7         652                1,351
Campbellton    25,199         0             0         182                 722
Bathurst    78,858         1            1.3          30                  38
Miramichi    42,121         0             0          26                  62

*per 100,000 population

Positive case at daycare

A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at a daycare in Edmundston, Public Health announced on Friday.

Garderie Mélubulles is closed and contact tracing is underway, according to a news release.

All staff, children and their families have been advised to self-isolate until Sunday at midnight.

"If you do not hear directly from Public Health, you have not been identified as a close contact," the release said.

QMJHL announces updated playoff format

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League announced Friday the regular season in the Maritimes division will end Sunday, citing the reopening of the Atlantic bubble being delayed until May 3

The Halifax Mooseheads and Cape Breton Eagles won't take part in the 2021 President Cup playoffs, according to a news release.

Meanwhile, the three New Brunswick-based teams will play in a nine-game round-robin tournament,with the winner facing off against the Charlottetown Islanders in the Maritimes division final.

The league will determine the format of the round-robin tournament and the schedule in the upcoming days, the release said.

The President Cup semifinals will group three teams from Quebec and one team from the Maritimes in a single "protected environment event." Teams will be seeded based on the 2020-2021 overall standings.

The schedule and location of the event will be determined at a later date, the league said.

The Moncton Wildcats are reminding fans to hold onto their unused season tickets. These will continue to be used in sequential order for all Wildcats home playoff games, it said in an email.

Edmundston hospital continues to cope

The Edmundston Regional Hospital continues to cope with the majority of the province's hospitalized COVID-19 patients, according to an update issued by the Vitalité Health Network on Friday.

It has 12 COVID patients, six of whom are in intensive care, including five on respirators.

The hospital has only nine intensive care beds.

Five COVID-19 patients are on respirators at the Edmundston Regional Hospital. (Radio-Canada)

No COVID patients have had to be transferred to another hospital since April 7, however. One patient was transferred to Fredericton that day and two the day before.

The emergency department remains open for people who require emergency care and want to see a doctor.

"However, we ask that people whose health condition does not require urgent care make an appointment with their family doctor or nurse practitioner, consult with their community pharmacist, visit a walk-in clinic or call Tele-Care (811)," Vitalié said.

Some ambulatory care services and elective surgeries are reduced temporarily. For now, Vitalité is asking people to plan to attend their appointments, as scheduled, and said it will contact them if they need to reschedule.

Orange level begins in Grand Falls region

The communities of Saint-Léonard, Grand Falls, Drummond, New Denmark and Four Falls in the Edmundston region, Zone 4, are now in the less restrictive orange COVID-19 alert level.

They were moved from the red level Thursday at midnight after the COVID-19 situation improved, the chief medical officer of health said.

Under the orange level, people may expand their household bubble to include a Steady 10 list of contacts, with whom they may dine out, Health Minister Dorothy Shephard said during Thursday's COVID-19 briefing.

Masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces, as well as in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Masks are also required when accessing food through the drive thru window.

In addition to restaurant dining rooms, salons, spas, gyms and entertainment centres can reopen.

In-person services at faith venues are limited to a maximum of 50 participants, depending on the size of the facility, and recreational and sports organizations can resume operations but are limited to holding practices.

Health Minister Dorothy Shephard outlined some of the less restrictive Public Health measures at the orange COVID-19 alert level during Thursday's briefing. (Government of New Brunswick )

A section of Zone 4, including Edmundston and the Upper Madawaska region, remains under lockdown for at least another week.

No travel is permitted in and out of the lockdown area or within the lockdown area except "when necessary," such as for vaccinations, medical appointments, work or to purchase essential goods, Shephard advised.

Travel is not recommended in or out of areas at the orange level, but is allowed among areas at the less restrictive yellow level.

The Saint-Quentin and Kedgwick regions in Zone 4, along with the rest of the province, remain at the yellow level.

New possible exposures

Moncton region, Zone 1:

  • April 14 between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Urban Planet, Walmart and H&M – CF Champlain (477 Paul St., Dieppe)

Edmundston region, Zone 4:

  • April 9, between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Subway at the Edmundston Regional Hospital, 275 Hébert Blvd.

Previous exposure notices

Public Health has identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious on the following flights on April 2:

  • Air Canada Flight 396 from Calgary to Montreal, departed at 1:10 a.m.
  • Air Canada Flight 8898 from Montreal to Moncton, departed at 8:35 a.m.

Moncton region, Zone 1: 

  • April 8 between 4:45 and 5:30 p.m. – COSTCO Wholesale customer service (140 Granite Dr., Moncton)
  • April 6 between 5 and 8 p.m. – YMCA Vaughan Harvey, (30 War Veterans Ave., Moncton)
  • April 4 between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Moncton Wesleyan Church (945 St. George Blvd., Moncton)
  • April 3 between 8:00 and 9:30 p.m. – Kelseys Original Roadhouse (141 Trinity Dr., Moncton)
  • April 1 between 12 and 1 p.m., April 3 between 1 and 1:30 p.m., April 6 between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., April 8 between 2 and 4 p.m. – CF Champlain (477 Paul St., Dieppe)

Saint John region, Zone 2:

  • March 29 and April 1, Guardian Drugs-Herring Cove Pharmacy (924 Rte. 774, Unit 2, Welshpool, Campobello Island)
  • March 31, Service New Brunswick (73 Milltown Blvd., St. Stephen)
  • March 31, Giant Tiger (210 King St., St. Stephen)
  • March 31, Kent Building Supplies (188 King St., St. Stephen)
  • March 31, Carman's Diner (164 King St., St. Stephen)
  • April 9 between 2:10 and 2:40 p.m., GAP Factory East Point, (15 Fashion Dr., Saint John)
  • April 9 between 5 and 6 p.m. – McAllister Place, 519 Westmorland Rd., Saint John
  • April 8 between 12 and 1 p.m., – McAllister Place, 519 Westmorland Rd., Saint John
  • April 8 between 1:15 and 2 p.m. – Service New Brunswick, 15 King Square North, Saint John
  • April 1 between 6 and 7:30 p.m. – YMCA of Greater Saint John (191 Churchill Blvd., Saint John)

Fredericton region, Zone 3:

  • March 31 – Murray's Irving Big Stop  (198 Beardsley Rd., Beardsley)

Edmundston region, Zone 4:

  • April 10, between 11 a.m. and noon, Staples, 11 Centre Madawaska Blvd.
  • April 10, between noon and 1 p.m., Walmart, 805 Victoria St.
  • April 7, 8 and 9, Canada Post (4 Grondin St., Edmundston)
  • April 8 and 9 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Fenêtre Unique (130 Rivière à la Truite Rd., Edmundston)
  • April 8 and 9, National Bank, (111 de l'Église St., Edmundston)
  • April 9 between 12:00 and 1:30 p.m.  –  Shoppers Drug Mart (160 Hébert Blvd., Edmundston)
  • April 8 between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m., April 7 between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m., and April 6 between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m.  – Tim Hortons (262 Isidore-Boucher Blvd., St-Jacques)
  • April 7 after 6:00 p.m., April 6 after 6:00 p.m. – Epicerie Chez ti-Marc (256 Isidore-Boucher Blvd., St-Jacques)
  • April 7 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.,  and April 6 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – Dollarama (787 Victoria St., Edmundston)
  • April 7 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., and April 6 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – NB Liquor, (575 Victoria St., Edmundston)
  • April 7 between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. – Jean Coutu (177 Victoria St., Edmundston)
  • April 7 between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. – Subway (180 Hébert Blvd., Edmundston)
  • April 7 between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. – Atlantic Superstore (577 Victoria St., Edmundston)
  • April 6 between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m. – Scotiabank (75 Canada Rd., Edmundston)
  • March 26 to April 8 – Napa Auto Parts - (260 Canada St., Edmundston)
  • March 20 to April 9, Atlantic Superstore (577 Victoria St., Edmundston)
  • April 5 at 11 a.m. – Shoppers Drug Mart (160 Hébert Blvd., Edmundston)
  • April 1 – Royal Bank (48 Saint-François St., Edmundston)
  • March 31 between 12 and 4:30 p.m. – Scotiabank (75 Canada Rd., Edmundston)
  • March 30 between 12 and 4:30 p.m. – Scotiabank (75 Canada Rd., Edmundston)
  • March 29 between 8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. – Scotiabank (75 Canada Rd., Edmundston)

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:

  • Fever above 38 C.

  • New cough or worsening chronic cough.

  • Sore throat.

  • Runny nose.

  • Headache.

  • New onset of fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell.

  • Difficulty breathing.

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.

  • Follow instructions.

With files from Mia Urquhart


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