New Brunswick

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: National parks, historic sites reopen June 1

Several national parks and heritage sites in New Brunswick are reopening to the public after the federal government forced them to shut down in March over possible spread of COVID-19.

N.B. has 12 active cases, all linked to doctor returning from Quebec

Kouchibouguac National Park set to reopen today after being closed for almost three months. (Courtesy of Parks Canada)

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Several national parks and heritage sites in New Brunswick are reopening to the public after the federal government forced them to shut down in March over possible spread of COVID-19.

Fundy and Kouchibouguac national parks, as well as Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland and Fort Gaspareaux National Historic sites have reopened today.

"Trails and day use areas will be open, some beaches," said Andrew Fry, visitor experience manager for Fundy National Park.

But he did say there will be some restrictions on what people can do in Fundy Park.

All camping facilities remain closed until at least June 21, 2020, while Parks Canada assesses whether and how these services might resume. And not all trails and facilities will be open to the public just yet.

Fry is asking visitors to avoid areas that haven't been officially opened.

"We really need your help in not accessing those spaces because they're not ready yet," he said.

"Like many businesses we're not where we normally are in June."

Some of the services still closed include the golf course, swimming pool, visitor reception centres and kitchen shelters.

No new cases Monday

There were no new active cases of COVID-19 in the province Monday, after New Brunswick Public Health announced three new COVID-19 cases the Campbellton region, also known as Zone 5, at a news conference Sunday. All of the new cases are individuals in their 80s.

That brings the total cluster of cases in the Campbellton region to 12, the chief medical officer of health said.

The new cases include three individuals at a long-term care facility near the northern community. Another case, an individual in their 70s, who's also a resident at the care facility, tested positive for the virus Saturday.

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The province, with the exception of the Campbellton region, is in part one of the yellow phase.

The province halted part two of its yellow COVID-19 recovery phase Friday, stopping gyms, pools, yoga studios and other businesses from reopening Friday and not allowing indoor church services or gatherings up to 50 as was planned.

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Premier Blaine Higgs announced last week he's hoping to move into part two of the yellow phase this Friday. The Campbellton area is currently in the orange phase, after a cluster of cases broke out in the area over the past week. 

Since the outbreak, Higgs and Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health, have been hosting news briefings about the cases. There will not be a news briefing Monday.

To date, there have been 132 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 28,462 tests that have been performed for the respiratory illness.  This includes more than 2,000 tests that were processed on Sunday, which is the highest number of tests processed in single day since the pandemic began.

Teachers return to school

Monday marks the first day teachers will gradually return to school since the province ordered schools to close March 13 to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and online learning sessions were eventually established.

Teachers will gradually return to school between June 1 and June 5 to finish work from this year and start planning for fall.

They could also be working on professional development, which could include online webinars or in-person with colleagues to learn how to teach during a pandemic.

Education Minister Dominic Cardy had said school will resume in September, but he doesn't know what that will look like yet. Classes could resume inside the schools, but they could also be taught online.

What to do if you have symptoms

People concerned they might have COVID-19 can take a self-assessment on the government website at gnb.ca. 

Public Health says symptoms shown by people with COVID-19 have included: a fever above 38 C, a new cough or worsening chronic cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, new onset of fatigue, new onset of muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell, and difficulty breathing. In children, symptoms have also included purple markings on the fingers and toes.

People with two of those symptoms are asked to:

  • Stay at home.

  • Call Tele-Care 811 or their doctor.

  • Describe symptoms and travel history.

  • Follow instructions.

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Elizabeth Fraser

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Elizabeth Fraser is a reporter/editor with CBC New Brunswick based in Fredericton. She's originally from Manitoba. Story tip? elizabeth.fraser@cbc.ca

With files from Jordan Gill

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