New Brunswick

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: No new cases reported for first time in 2 months

Dr. Jennifer Russell cautions residents must still remain vigilant as active cases drop to 75, with zero active cases in two of the province's seven zones.

Russell praises N.B.'s 'great success,' but urges residents to remain vigilant

Dr. Jennifer Russell says New Brunswickers should remain vigilant as COVID-19 active case counts drop to 75. 'Get tested if you have any symptoms,' she said. (Submitted by the Government of New Brunswick)

For the first time in more than two months, no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in New Brunswick on Tuesday.

Public Health did not hold a live update on Tuesday, but in a news release it confirmed no new cases were reported and active case numbers have dropped to 75.

The last time there were no new cases reported was Dec. 20. Cases began spiking sharply about two weeks after the holiday season, with a reversion to red recovery levels for several zones and a full lockdown for the Edmundston region.

All seven of the province's zones are now in the less restrictive orange phase of recovery, with no active cases at all in two of those zones: the Fredericton region and the Campbellton region.

However, the chief medical officer of health urged caution in announcing the zero case count.

"While we have had great success in slowing the spread of the virus in New Brunswick, we must remain vigilant," Dr. Jennifer Russell said, adding that residents should get tested if they have "any symptoms" of COVID-19.

"Don't assume it is a cold or allergies," Russell said. "Don't take chances with your health or the health of your family, friends and community."

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 1,424. Nine people have recovered since Monday for a total of 1,322 recoveries. There have been 26 deaths, and the number of active cases is 75.

Two patients are hospitalized, and one is in intensive care. A total of 224,932 tests have been conducted, including 909 since Monday's report.

There are currently 75 active cases in New Brunswick. (CBC News)

List of symptoms issued as reminder

Public Health couched the news of zero new cases reported on Tuesday with a reminder that New Brunswickers should get tested if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, and included the following list as a reminder: 

  • fever
  • new cough, or worsening chronic cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • headache
  • new onset of fatigue
  • diarrhea
  • loss of sense of taste
  • loss of sense of smell
  • in children, purple markings on the fingers and toes

People with two or more symptoms must self-isolate and take the self-assessment online or call 811 to get tested. People with only one symptom are not required to self-isolate but may ask to be tested, the department noted. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marie Sutherland is a web writer with CBC New Brunswick based in Saint John. You can reach her at marie.sutherland@cbc.ca.

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