New Brunswick officials project up to 5,500 COVID-19 cases a day in coming weeks

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FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's chief epidemiologist says if current trends continue, the province could see 5,500 people testing positive each day for COVID-19 by the end of the month.

Mathieu Chalifoux told a news conference in Fredericton today that could result in nearly 220 people in hospital.

There are currently a record 88 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the province, including 14 in intensive care and 11 on a ventilator.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Jennifer Russell says New Brunswickers can help flatten the curve by further limiting their contacts.

The Edmundston Regional Hospital and the Saint John Regional Hospital are closing units and reallocating staff in an effort to deal with outbreaks in the hospitals.

There are currently 377 health-care workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are isolating, and officials say they expect the impact on front-line staff will increase in the coming weeks.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 11, 2022.

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