FREDERICTON — New Brunswick health officials advised residents to limit their contacts as much as possible as the province reported 237 cases of COVID-19 and one new death Wednesday.
Public health officials confirm the person who died was in their 60s and lived in the Fredericton region.
Officials also reported 98 recoveries and said 86 cases to date have been confirmed as the Omicron variant.
They said 40 people are in hospital with an infection, including 17 patients in intensive care.
Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, says the high number of cases isn't surprising given the numbers seen in other provinces.
She is advising that people should only go out only when they "absolutely need to," adding that they should book a booster shot of vaccine as soon as they are eligible.
Health Minister Dorothy Shephard said in a news release that people should limit the number of contacts they have to "as small as you can, beginning today.”
"The virus is in every corner of our province, and the only way we can slow the spread is by each of us doing our part,” Shephard said.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 22, 2021.
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