N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Vaccination proof to be required after record 63 cases, 1 death recorded

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Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, and Premier Blaine Higgs addressed the public Wednesday afternoon.  (Government of New Brunswick - image credit)
Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, and Premier Blaine Higgs addressed the public Wednesday afternoon. (Government of New Brunswick - image credit)

People aged 12 and older will have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and government identification to access certain New Brunswick businesses and events, such as restaurants and indoor funerals, starting next Wednesday in a bid to limit the spread of the virus and boost vaccination rates.

Anyone entering New Brunswick, including New Brunswickers returning to the province, will also have to pre-register and show proof of vaccination, Premier Blaine Higgs announced Wednesday. If they're not fully vaccinated, they'll have to self-isolate for 14 days unless they can provide a negative test result after 10 days.

In addition, people who work or live in certain communal settings, such as assisted living facilities, shelters, community kitchens and addiction and mental health treatment centres, will be required to be vaccinated, or to wear a mask and be tested for COVID regularly, he told the COVID briefing. Staff at nursing homes, special care homes and other adult residential facilities will also be required to either be fully vaccinated or wear a mask and be tested regularly.

The changes come as New Brunswick reported 63 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the largest single-day jump since the pandemic began, and another COVID-related death, the province's 48th and second since moving to the green phase of recovery.

A person in their 60s in the Miramichi region, Zone 7, has died "as a result of COVID-19," said Higgs, offering his condolences to family and friends.

The province is now on a trajectory to record 100 new cases a day every day, said Dr. Jennifer Russell, the chief medical officer of health.

"New Brunswick is facing a grave threat from COVID-19," she said.

Twelve people are in hospital, more than the province has seen since last April, she said, and seven of them are in intensive care.

There are now 293 active cases in the province.

Public Health is "deeply concerned" about the spread of the virus in every one of the seven health zones, said Russell, particularly in the Moncton area, the Upper Saint John River Valley, in and around Campbellton, as well as in Fredericton.

We have been patient and we have strived to be encouraging and we have tried not to judge. And our patience is running thin. - Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health

But "we can still turn the tide of this fourth wave."

Everyone who can get vaccinated must get vaccinated, she said.

"We have been patient and we have strived to be encouraging and we have tried not to judge. And our patience is running thin. I think certainly for people who are vaccinated, that's the case. But I think certainly for the people who operate our health-care system and are looking at ICU beds every single day and looking at our capacity.

"The plain fact is that if you remain unvaccinated, you are risking more than your own health. … You are jeopardizing the health of your family, your community and your province."

Although the province's original target was to have 75 per cent of the eligible population vaccinated, Higgs said that's no longer enough with the new highly transmissible variants. The goal is now 90 per cent.

The new measures under the Public Health Act and the Family Services Act are mainly targeting those aged 50 and under, he said. Their vaccination rate is only about 65 per cent, he said. This demographic is also seeing "significant" outbreaks.

The measures will help minimize the impact on the health-care system, ensure New Brunswick is able to remain in green and avoid lockdowns, which are detrimental to businesses and people's mental health.

Proof of vaccination will be required to access the following businesses, services and events:

  • Indoor festivals, performing arts and sporting events

  • Indoor and outdoor dining and drinking at restaurants, pubs and bars

  • Movie theatres, nightclubs, amusement centres, pool halls, bowling alleys and casinos

  • Gyms, indoor pools and indoor recreation facilities

  • Indoor group exercise facilities

  • Indoor organized gatherings including weddings, funerals, parties (excluding parties in a private dwelling), conferences and workshops

  • Indoor organized group recreational sports, classes and activities

  • Visiting a long-term care facility

Proof can be provided by showing an immunization record or a photograph of an immunization record from a regional health authority or pharmacy clinic, Public Health, the MyHealthNB portal or from other jurisdictions.

A QR-code-based app is coming within weeks, said Higgs.

People who are unable to receive a vaccine because of a medical exemption will be required to show proof.

Any individual or business that fails to follow the new regulations may be subject to fines ranging between $172.50 and $772.50.

"Enforcement officers will be monitoring compliance, helping everyone understand the rules and, where necessary, enforce the new rules," he said.

Asked whether businesses will have legal protections against being sued for refusing service to customers who fail to provide proof of vaccination, Higgs said the Canadian Federation of Independent Business has raised this as a concern and it will be addressed.

As long as it's clear businesses are following a government directive and not exercising individual discretion, they will be protected from discrimination allegations, he said.

The government will provide businesses with posters and other materials they can point to, he added.

Business owners with questions about the rules may contact the Business Navigators at 1-833-799-7966 or nav@navnb.ca.

The travel registration requirement will be "very much based on integrity" as there won't be any interprovincial border checkpoints set up — at least not yet, said Higgs.

Border checks would require the emergency order to be re-established, he said. "If necessary, we will go there."

Residents of Campobello Island who are travelling back and forth to mainland New Brunswick must register their travel but are not required to self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status.

Russell agreed the measures are "needed and needed now."

She noted 83 per cent of the new cases and "most" of the hospitalized patients are not fully vaccinated.

In the past two months, more than 85 per cent of new cases have been among those not fully vaccinated.

She did not say how many of them are under 12 and too young to be vaccinated or unable to be vaccinated for medical or other reasons.

But she did say people who cannot get vaccinated for medical or other reasons represent only a "small fraction" of unvaccinated adults in New Brunswick. The rest have "chosen to remain unvaccinated for whatever reason."

Contact tracing has also shown that when young children who are ineligible to be vaccinated contract COVID, they most often have been infected by an unvaccinated member of their household or a family member, said Russell. "They urgently need our protection."

Unvaccinated New Brunswickers are at least 23 times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 than someone who is fully vaccinated, she said, calling the figure "staggering."

Those hospitalizations add stress to the health-care system, which was already strained before the pandemic and how has 71 health-care employees off work for COVID-related reasons, she said.

They also take resources and time away from the care of other non-COVID-related illnesses.

"My dad had a heart attack three years ago," Russell said. "I'd really like to be confident that if he had another heart attack, that there would be an ICU bed for him. You know, my daughter has asthma. If she had a flare up, I'd really like to know that somebody would be able to look after her.

"And I'm sure you have family members and friends and loved ones that you care about that you want to make sure can receive care when they need it, including yourself."

Liberal Leader Roger Melanson and Green Party Leader David Coon have called on the government to take action to curb the growing number of COVID-19 cases.

77.2% fully vaccinated

A total of 77.2 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated, up from 77 per cent on Tuesday, while 85.7 per cent have received at least one dose, up from 85.6.

A list of upcoming walk-in vaccination clinics is available online.

People can also book an appointment online through a Horizon or Vitalité health network clinic or through a participating pharmacy.

They are asked to bring their Medicare card, a signed consent form and, for those receiving a second dose, a copy of the record of immunization they received after getting their first dose.

Breakdown of the new cases

Here is a breakdown of the 63 new cases of COVID-19 announced Wednesday:

Moncton region, Zone 1, 18 cases:

  • Six people 19 or under

  • A person 20 to 29

  • Two people 30 to 39

  • Six people 40 to 49

  • Two people 50 to 59

  • A person 60 to 69

Ten of these cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and eight are under investigation.

Saint John region, Zone 2, one case:

  • A person 20 to 29

This case is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

Fredericton region, Zone 3, 19 cases:

  • Four people 19 or under

  • Nine people 20 to 29

  • Three people 40 to 49

  • Three people 50 to 59

Thirteen of these cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and six are under investigation.

Edmundston region, Zone 4, six cases:

  • A person 19 or under

  • A person 30 to 39

  • Two people 40 to 49

  • A person 50 to 59

  • A person 80 to 89

Two of these cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and four are under investigation.

Campbellton region, Zone 5, 10 cases:

  • Four people 19 or under

  • Three people 20 to 29

  • A person 30 to 39

  • A person 40 to 49

  • A person 70 to 79

Two of these cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and eight are under investigation.

Bathurst region, Zone 6, four cases:

  • A person 19 or under

  • A person 20 to 29

  • A person 30 to 39

  • A person 40 to 49

Two of these cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and two are under investigation.

Miramichi region, Zone 7, five cases:

  • Four people 19 or under

  • A person 20 to 29

All five cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

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New Brunswick has had 3,129 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with 2,787 recoveries so far.

A total of 427,650 tests have been conducted to date.

At-home learning continues

Some schools continued remote learning Wednesday because of positive cases of COVID-19.

A new positive case has been confirmed at West Riverview School, Public Health announced. A positive case was also confirmed at Riverview East School.

Students at both schools had an at-home learning day, along with students at Campbellton Middle School and Dalhousie Regional High School students in Grades 6, 7 and 8. Dalhousie High students in Grades 9 to 12 attended school in person.

Under New Brunswick's Healthy and Safe Schools guidelines, schools with cases must close or move to online learning for at least one calendar day to support contact tracing, risk assessments and operational responses.

People who have been in close contact with a case will be notified directly by Public Health for contact tracing.

On Monday, 11 schools had to close for at least one day for deep cleaning after positive COVID-19 cases were identified there. On Tuesday, two more schools had positive cases.

Grand Bay-Westfield says vaccine policy won't affect emergency response

The Town of Grand Bay-Westfield says its new COVID-19 vaccine policy for municipal staff and council members won't negatively impact the ability of its volunteer fire department to respond effectively to emergencies.

On Tuesday, the town announced firefighters who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be permitted to respond on emergency calls.

On Wednesday, the town issued a followup news release stating that in developing the policy, it considered "all factors," including the number of firefighters currently vaccinated.

All but two of the department's 39 active firefighters are vaccinated, according to the news release. "This Policy was recommended and implemented with the confidence that it would not negatively impact the ability of our Volunteer Fire Department to respond effectively to emergencies," it states.

Fire Chief Troy Gautreau said the volunteers have continued to demonstrate their commitment to public safety throughout this pandemic and were among the first in line for their vaccine.

"This was not just to protect themselves, however, to also protect their families and those we respond to," he said in a statement. "I am humbled by their dedication, sense of duty to each other and our community and for their support of this policy."

Under the policy, town staff and council members will be asked to provide proof they are fully vaccinated, effective Sept. 20.

Those who choose not to disclose their vaccination status, and those who are not yet fully vaccinated, will be required to be tested weekly and wear a mask in the workplace when within two metres of others.

New employees will also be tested prior to their start date.

In addition, visitors to town facilities will be required to wear a mask. However, masks can be removed if physical distancing can be maintained, such as once seated for a meeting.

Homeless shelter outbreak rises to 31 cases

The total number of known positive cases of COVID-19 at Harvest House, a shelter and community centre in Moncton, has risen to 31.

Seven new cases have been confirmed, Dr. Jennifer Russell, the chief medical officer of health, announced Wednesday. She did not specify whether they involve guests or staff.

The previous 24 cases included 21 guests and three staff, executive director Marc Belliveau said earlier in the day.

He was expecting a low number of additional positive cases due to the measures they've implemented since the first positive case was detected last Thursday, he told CBC's Information Morning Morning.

The infected person was isolated immediately, all 14 of their buildings went into lockdown protocol, they've been swabbing twice a week, and volunteers are not allowed on-site right now, Belliveau said.

"The tension increases a bit every day. No one wants to be in lockdown."

Staff have been putting in 12 to 14-hour days trying to make sure people are comfortable and taken care of and trying to avoid any more cases if possible, he said.

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But the reality is people are in very close quarters and the vaccination rate among the shelter population is very low, despite best efforts, Belliveau said. Five clinics were held, but only 18 people got their shots and most of them have since left.

Staff are wearing full personal protective equipment, including masks, gowns, gloves and face shields, and trying to find a suitable off-site location for the people who are infected.

Mental health and addiction issues create extra complexity dealing with the outbreak, he said. Mental health and addiction workers and people from the Salvus clinic are on-site to help.

Members of the provincial rapid outbreak management team, also known as PROMT, are also helping to make sure assessments and treatments are delivered so they don't end up dealing with overdoses or relapses or withdrawal symptoms that cause issues.

Belliveau hopes to bring in replacement staff on Thursday to give the staff a couple of days off.

New public exposure notices

Public Health has identified places in New Brunswick where people may have been exposed to the virus during the past two weeks.

Moncton region, Zone 1:

  • Sept. 10 between 11:30 p.m. and 2 a.m. – Cosmo Dance Night Club (837 Main St., Moncton)

Saint John region, Zone 2:

  • Sept. 12 between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Old Ridge United Pentecostal Church (8962 Route 3, Old Ridge)

Fredericton region, Zone 3:

  • Sept. 7 between 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. – St. Louis Bar and Grill (280 King St., Fredericton)

  • Sept. 7 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. – Tim Hortons (245-247 Canada St., Fredericton)

Edmundston region, Zone 4:

  • Sept. 7 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. – Theriault and Morin Dentist (148 Broadway Blvd., Grand Falls)

Atlantic COVID roundup

Nova Scotia announced six new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the active number of cases to 159. The province has also started reporting the number of cases involving children aged 12 and under as a separate category. Previously, that age group was reported as part of a category that encompassed all people under the age of 20.

Prince Edward Island reported five new cases, reimposed mask requirements in indoor and public spaces and personal gatherings are now restricted to 20 people, down from 50. The province has 27 active cases, the second-highest total that's been recorded on the Island since the pandemic began. The highest was 28 in mid-March of this year.

Newfoundland and Labrador reported 10 new cases and announced some lingering COVID-19 restrictions will remain in place until the target 80 per cent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated. The province has 49 active cases.

Previous exposure notices

Public Health has identified a positive case of COVID-19 in a person who may have been infectious while on the following flights:

Flight exposure notifications:

  • Sept. 8 – Air Canada Flight 8790 – from Montreal to Saint John departed at 7:53 p.m.

  • Sept. 5 – Air Canada Flight 8502 – from Montreal to Fredericton departed at 1:59 p.m.

  • Sept. 4 – Air Canada Flight 8502 – from Montreal to Fredericton departed at 1:58 p.m.

  • Sept. 1 – Air Canada Flight 7548 – from Toronto to Fredericton departed at 8:55 p.m.

Public Health has also identified places in New Brunswick where people may have been exposed to the coronavirus during the past two weeks.

Moncton region, Zone 1:

  • Sept. 11 between 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. – A & C Convenience Store laundromat (369 McLaughlin Rd., Moncton)

  • Sept. 10 between 10:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. – Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre Emergency Room (330 Université Ave, Moncton)

  • Sept. 10 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. – McDonald's (420 Paul St., Dieppe)

  • Sept. 9 and 10 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. – Supercuts (45 Plaza Blvd., Moncton)

  • Sept. 9 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. – Swiss Chalet (80 Champlain St., Dieppe)

  • Sept. 8 between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. – Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre Emergency Room (330 Université Ave, Moncton)

  • Sept. 8 between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Moncton Golf & Country Club clubhouse (212 Coverdale Rd., Riverview)

  • Sept. 8 between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Supercuts (45 Plaza Blvd., Moncton)

  • Sept. 8 between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. – Golf Town (52 Wyse St., Moncton)

  • Sept. 8 between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre outpatient clinic (330 Université Ave, Moncton)

  • Sept. 8 and September 7 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. – MacDonald Buick GMC Cadillac (111 Baig Blvd. Moncton)

  • Sept. 7 between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. – TH Sports Group, Sports Complex (184 Barker St., Moncton)

  • Sept. 7 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. - Supercuts (45 Plaza Blvd., Moncton)

  • Sept. 6 between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Pizza Delight (526 Main St., Shediac)

  • Sept. 6 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Club Chasse et Pêche Haute-Aboujagne (326 Aboujagne Rd., Haute-Aboujagne)

  • Sept. 5 between 10:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. – Casino New Brunswick (21 Casino Dr., Moncton)

  • Sept. 5 between midnight and 2 a.m. – Second Floor Nightclub (837 Main St., Moncton)

  • Sept. 5 between 2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. – Mama's Restaurant (806 Main St., Moncton)

  • Sept. 5 between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. – Shediac Market (10 Weldon St., Shediac)

  • Sept. 4 between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. - Cosmo dance night club (837 Main St., Moncton)

  • Sept. 4 between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – Walmart (477 Paul St., Dieppe)

  • Sept. 4 between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Dieppe Market (232 Gauvin St., Dieppe)

  • Sept. 4 between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – Kelsey's Restaurant (141 Trinity Dr., Moncton)

  • Sept. 4 between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Nita's Bar and Grill (1999 Mountain Rd., Moncton)

  • Sept. 4 between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – Champlain Mall (477 Paul St., Dieppe)

  • Sept. 3 between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – Café Cognito (581 Main St., Moncton)

  • Sept. 3 between 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. – Dieppe Market (232 Gauvin St., Dieppe)

  • Sept. 1 between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. – The Third Glass Bar, (819 Main St., Moncton)

  • Aug. 31 between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Service NB Dieppe (200-258 Champlain St, Dieppe)

  • Aug. 31 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – 24/7 Fitness Club (121 Pine Glen Rd., Riverview)

  • Aug. 31 between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. – Wise Guyz Pub (176 Robinson St., Moncton)

  • August 30 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Oceanside Fitness (184 Main St., Shediac)

Saint John region, Zone 2:

  • Sept. 8 between 11 a.m. and noon – Starbucks (15 Depot Ct., Saint John)

  • Sept. 8 between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – Starbucks (641 Harding St., Saint John)

  • Sept. 8 between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Starbucks (30 Lacey St., Rothesay)

  • Sept. 8 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. – Dollarama (101 McAllister Dr., Saint John)

  • Sept. 7 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Walmart (450 Westmorland Rd., Saint John)

  • Sept. 7 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Superstore (168 Rothesay Ave., Rothesay)

  • Sept. 5 between 10:30 a.m. and noon – Full Gospel Assembly (34 Mount Pleasant Ave. E, Saint John)

  • Sept. 4 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Old Navy (90 Consumers Dr., E Saint John)

  • Sept. 4 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. – Java Moose Coffee (519 Westmorland Rd., Saint John)

  • Sept. 1 between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Costco (300 Retail Dr., Saint John)

Fredericton region, Zone 3:

  • Sept. 10 between 8:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. – Acorn Restaurant (10 Route 635, Lake George)

  • Sept. 8 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – Turning Point Pentecostal Church (2031 Route 3, Harvey)

  • Sept. 8 between noon and 5 p.m. – Kings Landing (5804 Route 102, Prince Williams)

  • Sept. 7 between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. – Northeast Christian College – Opening Service (128 River St., Fredericton)

  • Sept. 7 between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – Northeast Christian College – Dinner (128 River St., Fredericton)

  • Sept. 4 between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – Subway (Unit 3, F. Tribe Rd., Perth-Andover)

  • Sept. 4 between 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. – Upper Miramichi Rural Community Park (6094 Route 8, Boiestown)

  • Sept. 3 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. – Tobique Youth Center (268 Main St., Tobique First Nations)

  • Sept. 1, 2, 3, and Aug. 30 and 31 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – Goodine Insurance (126 Ford Rd., Perth-Andover)

  • Sept. 3 between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Guardian Johnson Drug (16F. Tribe Rd., Perth-Andover)

  • Sept. 3 between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – TCBY Yogurt (121 Route 550, Hartford)

  • Sept. 2 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Swiss Chalet (961 Prospect St., Fredericton)

  • Sept. 2 between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – Princess Auto (21 Trinity Ave., Fredericton)

  • Sept. 2 between 6:30 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. – Wetmore Street Pub (530 New Maryland Highway, New Maryland

  • Sept. 1 between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – County Tractors & Machinery Ltd. (9130 Route 130, Florenceville-Bristol)

  • Aug. 31 between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Springwater Campground pool (2539 Route 130, Four Falls)

  • Aug. 30 between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Tim Horton's (22F. Tribe Rd., Perth-Andover)

  • Aug. 30 & 31 – Amsterdam Inn & Suites (383 Centreville Rd., Florenceville-Bristol)

Edmundston Region, Zone 4

  • Sept. 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, and 10 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. – Merritt Press (208 Main St., Grand Falls)

  • Sept. 9 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Atlantic Superstore (240 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)

  • Sept. 8 and 9 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – CCNB – Edmundston campus (35, rue du 15 août, Edmundston)

  • Sept. 8 and 9 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – UMCE Université de Moncton, Edmundston campus (165 Hébert Blvd., Edmundston)

  • Sept. 8 between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Le Grand-Saut (155 Broadway Bd., Grand Falls)

  • Sept. 8 between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – Jean Coutu (276 Broadway Blvd., Grand Falls)

  • September 8 between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – A&A Ouellette Entreprise Ltd (1423 Tobique Rd., Drummond)

  • Sept. 7 between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Walmart (494 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)

  • Sept. 5 between 4: p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – FOODLAND (535 Everard H. Daigle Blvd., Grand Falls)

  • Sept. 5 between 9:30 a.m. and noon – St. Patrick Catholic Church (2154 Route 130, Limestone Siding)

  • Sept. 4 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Burger King (100 Broadway Blvd., Grand Falls)

  • Sept. 3 between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Walmart (494 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)

  • Sept. 3 between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Canadian Tire (383 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)

  • Sept. 3 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – Town Hall [Public Health Office, Mental Health Office, Social Development, Library, Police Office, Town Planning Office] (131 Pleasant Rd., Grand Falls)

  • Sept. 2 between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Theriault and Morin Dentist (148 Broadway Blvd., Grand Falls)

  • Sept. 1 between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. – Walmart (494 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)

  • Sept. 1 between 8 a.m. and noon – Shoppers Drug Mart (344 Canada Road, Unit B, Saint Quentin)

  • Aug. 31 between noon and 1 p.m. – Kat'n Dan's Pub & Restaurant (180 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls

  • Aug. 31 between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. –Shoppers Drug Mart (344 Canada Road, Unit B, Saint Quentin)

  • Aug. 30 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. – BMR (Labrie Road, Saint Quentin)

  • Aug. 30 to September 1 between 8 a.m. and noon – Bonichoix (145 Canada Road, Saint Quentin)

  • Aug. 30 between 8 a.m. and noon – Shoppers Drug Mart (344 Canada Road, Unit B, Saint Quentin)

Campbellton region, Zone 5:

  • Sept. 10 between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. – Tap's Bar (42 Water St., Campbellton)

  • Sept. 8 and 9 between 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. – Gym Fitness (384 Dover St., Campbellton)

  • Sept. 8 and 9 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – CCNB – Campbellton (47 Village Ave., Campbellton)

  • Sept. 7 between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. – Atlantic Superstore (25 Savoie Ave., Atholville)

  • Sept. 7 between 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – Restigouche Walk-In Clinic (68 Water St., Campbellton)

  • Sept. 7 between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Salon de Coiffure Cheveux Modern Hair (59 Water St., Campbellton)

  • Sept. 6 between noon and 3:30 p.m. – Super 8 Hotel (Reception and Pool) (26 Duke St., Campbellton)

  • Sept. 6 between 11 a.m. and noon – Dairy Queen (84 Notre Dame St., Atholville)

  • Sept. 5 between 2:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. – North Shore Cinema (52 Roseberry St., Campbellton)

  • Sept. 4 and 5 – Life Church (198 Roseberry St., Campbellton)

  • Sept. 4 between 7 p.m. and midnight – Balmoral Community Centre (21 Centre Rd., Balmoral)

  • Sept. 4 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. – Atlantic Superstore (25 Savoie Ave., Atholville)

  • Sept. 4 – Restigouche Golf and Country Club (30565 McLeods Rte. 134, Campbellton)

  • Sept. 3 between noon and 1 p.m. – Chez Kim Restaurant (65 Water St., Campbellton)

  • Sept. 3 between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Life Church (198 Roseberry St., Campbellton)

  • Sept. 2 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. – Atlantic Superstore (25 Savoie Ave., Atholville)

  • Aug. 30 to Sept. 4 – Chubby's Barber Shop (81 A Roseberry St., Campbellton

Acadie-Bathurst region, Zone 6:

  • Sept. 8 between 8 a.m. and noon – CCNB – Bathurst Campus, Main Building (725 Collège Rd., Bathurst)

  • Sept. 4 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. – Studio Olympus (1079 Principale Rd., Beresford)

  • Sept. 2 between 10 p.m. and 12:15 a.m. – Dooly's (426 B St., Tracadie-Sheila)

  • Aug. 30 between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – Sobeys (1125 St. Peter Ave., Bathurst)

Miramichi region, Zone 7:

  • Sept. 11 between noon and 1 p.m. – Fundy Line Restaurant (869 King George Highway, Miramichi)

  • Sept. 10 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. – River Signs (2311 King George Highway, Miramichi)

  • Sept. 8 and 9 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. – River Signs (2311 King George Highway, Miramichi)

  • Sept. 9 between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – Jungle Jim's Restaurant (2441 King George Highway, Miramichi)

  • Sept. 8 between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Cali.Co. Café (1 Allan St., Miramichi)

The full list of possible exposures is updated regularly and is available on the government's website.

What to do if you have a symptom

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

Public Health says symptoms of the illness have included a fever above 38 C, a new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, a new onset of fatigue, and 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 811 or their doctor and follow instructions.

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