FREDERICTON — There were 14 new cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick announced Sunday, bringing the province's total number of active cases to 71.
The cases are all linked to ongoing outbreaks in the Campbellton and Moncton regions, according to a news release from the province's department of public health.
The province also has its third school reporting a confirmed case: L.E. Reinsborough, an elementary school in Dalhousie, posted a notice on Facebook page Sunday morning, saying it's working with health officials to identify any students, teachers or staff who may have been exposed to the virus.
"We understand (parents) may feel anxious over the coming days," the post reads. "Public Health officials will contact you if your child has been in close contact with the confirmed case.... If you are not contacted by Public Health officials, your child can continue to attend school."
The department is also warning of a possible public exposure in the Moncton region. Authorities are asking anyone who visited the Centre Père-Patrice-Leblanc in Moncton between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
Four of the 14 new cases announced Sunday are in the Moncton region and 10 are in the Campbellton region, according to the government.
All of the Moncton cases are people in their 70s and linked to the ongoing outbreak at the Notre-Dame Manor special-care home.
The cases in the Campbellton region are people in their 30s, 50s and 60s and linked to the ongoing outbreak in the region, the release said.
As of Sunday's announcement, New Brunswick has had 272 confirmed cases and 199 recoveries. Five patients are hospitalized and one is in intensive care. Two people have died.
On Thursday night, Sugarloaf Senior High School in Campbellton posted to its Facebook page to announce a case. On Saturday, Education Minister Dominic Cardy announced a positive case at Academie Notre-Dame, also in Dalhousie, during a news conference.
Health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward are urging people in their provinces to avoid unnecessary travel to the Moncton and Campbellton regions. Anyone returning from those areas is asked to avoid large public gatherings and limit contact outside of their households for the first two weeks after they arrive back home.
The Moncton and Campbellton regions remain in the "orange'" level of restrictions under the province's COVID-19 plan, while the rest of New Brunswick remains at the less restrictive "yellow" level.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 11, 2020.
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