New Brunswick reports 12 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death

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New Brunswick is reporting 12 new cases of COVID-19 and one death on Saturday.

The death, the 18th for the province since the pandemic began, was reported in the Edmundston and Grand Falls region (Zone 4). A spokesperson for the province told Radio-Canada the individual was not a resident of a long-term care home.

There are now 283 active cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick. Three people are in the hospital with the virus, including two in the intensive care unit.

The province has confirmed 1,230 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 928 recoveries.

Public Health has conducted a total of 197,390 tests, including 1,355 since Friday's update.

Correctional facility reports cases

The Madawaska Regional Correctional Centre is reporting two cases of COVID-19 connected to the facility.

Spokesperson Bruce Macfarlane confirmed the cases and said Public Health is investigating.

"The two cases are not as a result of transmission at the facility and no offenders at the facility have been diagnosed as positive at this time," he wrote in an email to CBC News.

Macfarlane said COVID-19 protocols are being followed at the jail.

Rule changes under orange phase

The rules have been loosened for parts of the province under orange-phase restrictions.

People living in the Fredericton, Campbellton, Bathurst, Miramichi and Saint John regions can now have 10 contacts from outside of their household.

The Moncton region (Zone 1) remains in the red phase and the Edmundston and Grand Falls region is in full lockdown. Those areas are required to maintain a single-household bubble.


Effective Saturday, households in the orange phase can have a maximum of a "steady 10" contacts from outside the home. That includes up to 10 people who do not live there.

Extended bubbles can socialize together, including dining at restaurants.

Outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted, with physical distancing.

New rules for travel into the province are also in effect Saturday.

Anyone entering New Brunswick, including rotational workers, must self-isolate for 14 days. Public Health strongly encourages people to self-isolate somewhere separate from their household, if possible.

What to do if you have a symptom

People concerned they might have COVID-19 symptoms can take a self-assessment test online.

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, muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell.

  • Difficulty breathing.

In children, symptoms have also included purple markings on the fingers and toes.

People with one of those symptoms should:

  • Stay at home.

  • Call Tele-Care 811 or their doctor.

  • Describe symptoms and travel history.

  • Follow instructions.