New Brunswick reports 50 new infections in Saturday report

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Public Health released its Saturday, Nov. 6, COVID-19 update, reporting 50 new confirmed infections in the province, most centred around the Moncton, Saint John and Miramichi regions.

Portions of Zone 1, the Moncton region, and Zone 2, the Saint John region, remain under circuit breaker restrictions as health officials attempt to bring the spread of the virus under control. In Saturday's update, Zone 1 reported 22 new infections, while Zone 2 reported 10.

Earlier this week, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell and Health Minister Dorothy Shephard expressed concern about the spike in new cases in Zone 7, the Miramichi region. While not imposing a circuit breaker in that region, both said Health officials would monitor the situation closely.

"We look very carefully at the patterns of transmission and the risk areas we're seeing and what the potential impacts can be," Russell said during a press conference on Thursday, Nov. 4.

Saturday's report indicates nine new infections in Zone 7. Together, Zones 1, 2 and 7 accounted for 42 of the 50 new cases.

On Friday, Public Health advised the lifting on circuit-breaker measures for the northern section of the Upper River Valley in Zone 3, along with the entire Zone 4, Edmundston, and Zone 5, Campbellton regions. The restrictions ended at 6 p.m. Friday.

In Saturday's update, all three regions fared well, with four new infections in Zone 3, three in Zone 4, and two in Zone 5.

Despite continuing concerns in the southern part of the province, COVID-19 numbers are trending in the right direction. With 51 recoveries announced on Saturday, the province has 476 active cases, far below the almost 1,100 active cases just a couple of weeks ago.

Hospitalization also declined recently, with 13 people currently in hospital, including eight in intensive care units.

"Progress has emerged slowly and at different rates across our province," Russell said on Thursday. "Some areas have done very well in reducing the spread of the virus, while outbreaks persist elsewhere."

Health officials continue to promote the COVID-19 vaccine as a critical weapon against the virus, pointing out in its updates that unvaccinated people represent the majority of those infected and those undergoing treatment in New Brunswick hospitals.

For example, 60 per cent of Saturday's newly confirmed cases were unvaccinated, as were 10 of 13 in hospital and seven of the eight in ICU.

Regional breakdown of new cases follow:

The 22 new cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:

· Nine people 19 and under;·

Six people 20-29;·

Two people 30-39;·

Two people 40-49;·

Two people 50-59; and·

a person 70-79.

Eighteen cases are under investigation, and four are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The ten new cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are as follows:

· a person 19 and under;·

a person 20-29;·

three people 40-49;·

three people 50-59;·

a person 60-69; and·

a person 80-89.

All 10 cases are under investigation.

The four new cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are as follows:

· a person 20-29;·

a person 30-39;·

a person 40-49; and·

a person 50-59.

All four cases are under investigation.

The three new cases in Zone 4 (Edmundston region) are as follows:

· two people 19 and under; and·

a person 50-59.

All three cases are under investigation.

The two new cases in Zone 5 (Campbellton region) are as follows:

· a person 40-49; and·

a person 70-79.

One case is under investigation, and the other is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

The nine new cases in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) are as follows:

· six people 19 and under;·

a person 20-29;·

a person 40-49; and·

a person 80-89.

Eight cases are under investigation, and one is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun

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