N.B. COVID-19 roundup: One death, 4 new cases, presumptive variant case reported

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The death of a person age 80 to 89 years old at Manoir Belle Vue is 'a sad reminder that this virus is not done with our province,' Dr. Jennifer Russell said Tuesday.  (File photo submitted by the government of New Brunswick  - image credit)
The death of a person age 80 to 89 years old at Manoir Belle Vue is 'a sad reminder that this virus is not done with our province,' Dr. Jennifer Russell said Tuesday. (File photo submitted by the government of New Brunswick - image credit)

The province's COVID-related death toll has risen to 28.

Public Health announced Tuesday that a person aged 80 to 89 has died as a result of underlying complications, including COVID-19.

The person was a resident of the Manoir Belle Vue home in Edmundston.

Health Minister Dorothy Shephard and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell both extended condolences to the family, with Russell noting the death is "a sad reminder that this virus is not done with our province."

There are currently 36 active cases, with four zones reporting no active cases.
There are currently 36 active cases, with four zones reporting no active cases.(CBC News)

Four new cases, presumptive variant case identified

Public Health also announced four new cases on Tuesday, all of them in the Miramichi region, Zone 7, and a presumptive variant case.

The presumptive case, a recent confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Miramichi region, will be sent to Winnipeg's National Microbiology Laboratory for confirmation, the department said.

The new cases announced Tuesday break down in this way:

  • an individual 20 to 29

  • two people 50 to 59

  • an individual 60 to 69

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 1,435. Since Monday, three people have recovered for a total of 1,370 recoveries.

There have been 28 deaths, and the number of active cases is 36, with four of seven zones reporting no active cases. Three patients are in hospital, and all are in intensive care.

A total of 229,787 tests have been conducted, including 550 since Monday's report.

Prince Edward Island's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Heather Morrison, said Tuesday that every adult would receive one dose of the vaccine by the end of June.
Prince Edward Island's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Heather Morrison, said Tuesday that every adult would receive one dose of the vaccine by the end of June.(Kirk Pennell/CBC News file photo)

P.E.I.'s ramped-up rollout: Every adult gets one dose by July

Prince Edward Island's chief public health officer announced a new vaccination schedule Tuesday, based on a plan to delay providing second doses of vaccines in order to get first doses out to more people sooner.

P.E.I. is expecting delivery of 100,000 doses between April 1 and the end of June, Dr. Heather Morrison said.

Based on those deliveries, and the anticipated change in guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, Morrison said every Islander over 16 will be offered a single dose by the end of June.

The previous schedule had vaccinations for the general public only beginning in July.

The province also announced four new cases on Tuesday, and said two past cases have been confirmed as the B117 variant, in two women who had travelled off island.

P.E.I. is currently in a three-day lockdown, announced Monday, after 12 cases were reported and the number of active cases rose to 18 over the weekend, the most since the spring.

The Anglophone North School District announced a case of COVID-19 at Miramichi Valley High School on Monday.
The Anglophone North School District announced a case of COVID-19 at Miramichi Valley High School on Monday.(Miramichi Valley High School archive)

Case confirmed at Miramichi high school

The Anglophone North School District announced a positive case of COVID-19 at Miramichi Valley High School.

In a tweet Monday night, the school district said it's working with Public Health officials to identify any students and school personnel who might have been in contact with the case.

"It is natural to want to know if your child may have been exposed to the virus," said Mark Donovan, superintendent of Anglophone North School District in a message to parents.

"Public Health officials will inform those who are at risk of the next steps, but to protect the privacy of students and school personnel, other details including names, will not be released."

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.