N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 13 schools closed Monday for vaccine clinics

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New Brunswick's case count remained steady this weekend. (Patrick Butler/Radio-Canada - image credit)
New Brunswick's case count remained steady this weekend. (Patrick Butler/Radio-Canada - image credit)

Thirteen schools will be closed in New Brunswick for staff vaccination clinics Monday.

The province said Sunday approximately 4,500 staff from high schools across the province will receive a COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic in one of 16 locations between March 22 and March 27.

The category includes anyone who works in a high school setting, and includes K-12 and 9-12 schools.

In a news release, the province said the following 13 schools will be closed Monday:

  • Saint Mary's Academy in Edmundston.

  • John Caldwell School in Grand Falls.

  • Cité des Jeunes A.-M.-Sormany in Edmundston.

  • École Grande-Rivière in Saint-Léonard.

  • École Marie-Gaétane in Kedgwick.

  • Polyvalente A.-J.-Savoie in Saint-Quentin.

  • Polyvalente Thomas-Albert in Grand Falls.

  • Canterbury High School in Canterbury.

  • Carleton North High School in Florenceville-Bristol.

  • Hartland Community School in Hartland.

  • Southern Victoria High School in Perth-Andover.

  • Tobique Valley High School in Plaster Rock.

  • Woodstock High School in Woodstock.

More schools will be closed for vaccination clinics in the coming days.

All districts are preparing for a return to full-time, in-person learning on April 12.

Clinics are also expected to be held for elementary and middle school staff in the coming weeks.

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The province is continuing to expand eligibility for being vaccinated against COVID-19. People 80 and older, health-care workers, regulated health-care professionals, people with complex medical conditions and first responders can currently make appointments.

More information on who is eligible and how to book an appointment can be found here.

Officials are urging New Brunswickers not to call doctors, pharmacies or 811 until their age group until an announcement is made about their age group.

One new case Sunday

New Brunswick's active COVID-19 case count remains steady after reporting one new case on Sunday.

The new case is a person in their 30s in the Moncton region (Zone 1) and is related to travel.

There are 49 known active cases in the province. Two people are in hospital related to the virus.

There are eight active cases in the Moncton region (Zone 1), four in the Fredericton region (Zone 3), 20 in the Edmundston region, one in the Bathurst region (Zone 6) and 16 in the Miramichi region (Zone 7).

The Campbellton region (Zone 5) and the Saint John region (Zone 2) are the only parts of the province with no known active cases.

New Brunswick has confirmed 1,490 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 1,410 recoveries. There have been 30 deaths.

Public Health conducted 645 tests on Saturday for a total of 245,323.

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.