FREDERICTON — New Brunswick continues to battle two COVID-19 outbreaks, with six new cases announced Monday afternoon.
There are now 76 active cases in the province, with the majority connected to ongoing outbreaks in the Moncton and Campbellton regions.
"Barely a week ago, there were three active cases in this province and now we have outbreaks in two health zones which include potential incidents of community spread," Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province's chief medical officer of health, said during a news conference Monday.
Five people are in hospital and one is intensive care, she said.
Three of the new cases announced Monday are in the Moncton region, where there are currently 39 active cases, Russell said. The new cases involve people in their 50s, 70s and 80s.
The outbreak in the Moncton area is linked to the the Notre-Dame Manor special-care home.
The other three cases announced Monday are in the Campbellton area, where there are 32 active cases. They involve one person under the age of 19, as well as someone in their 20s and someone in their 60s.
Both regions are operating under heightened public health restrictions and public health officials have discouraged all non-essential travel into and out of the areas.
"I want to offer my special support for those people who changed their plans at the last minute for their holidays to slow the spread of COVID-19," Russell said.
Under the heightened restrictions, businesses such as barber shops, hair salons, gyms and tattoo studios have to close.
"I've had some heartbreaking emails from business owners, so I do understand that this is very tough," said Russell.
There have also been three confirmed cases at three different schools in New Brunswick in the last five days. On Monday, Education Minister Dominic Cardy said officials were looking into a possible exposure the Janeville Elementary School near Bathurst, N.B. "Potential contact tracing is being carried out and is going to inform all of our future decisions and it has informed all of our decisions to date," Cardy said. The school will open on Tuesday as planned, he said.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 12, 2020.
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