N.B. COVID roundup: 7 new cases Sunday, as active total declines

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N.B. COVID roundup: 7 new cases Sunday, as active total declines

New Brunswick is reporting seven cases of COVID-19 Sunday as the province's active case count continues to decline.

The Edmundston region (Zone 4) which has been at the centre of the recent outbreak once again has the most new cases. They reported five new cases, including two people in their 20s, a person in their 40s, a person in their 60s and a person in their 80s.

One new case was confirmed in the Moncton region (Zone 1), in someone younger than 19. The Fredericton region (Zone 3), also confirmed one case, in someone in their 50s.

There are 203 active cases of COVID-19 across the province.

There are 135 in the Edmundston and Grand Falls region (Zone 4), which is in full lockdown. The Moncton region (Zone 1) has 41 and is under red-phase restrictions, while the rest of the province is in the orange phase.

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The decrease in cases comes despite the arrival of the coronavirus variant first reported in the U.K.

Public Health found three cases of the variant. A fourth probable case, which is being analyzed, was announced on Friday.

The province recorded two COVID-related deaths on Saturday for a total of 20.

Edmundston mayor hopeful

Eric Marquis, Edmundston's acting mayor, said he's happy to see cases start to decline in Zone 4.

"We know that we're at the part where we're taking control of the situation," he said.

The entire health region, which covers northwest New Brunswick, has been under a strict lockdown for the last two weeks. Schools and non-essential businesses have been forced to close.

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Marquis said Edmundston residents are following restrictions and staying home.

"Just by taking a walk you can see that on the street there are almost no cars," he said.

Marquis said he is hopeful the region will return to the red phase within two weeks, but he said it is important to improve the situation in long-term care homes before loosening restrictions.

"I think probably in the next weeks or so we're going to see some improvements at the Villa des Jardins and Manoir Belle Vue," he said in an interview.

Special care home outbreak ends

The Manoir Belle Vue care home has reported 60 cases of the virus and two COVID-related deaths.

The Villa des Jardins nursing home had 32 confirmed cases, as of the last update on Tuesday, including 17 residents and 16 staff.

But on Sunday, Public Health declared the outbreak at a third care home in the region to be officiall over.

Le Pavillon Le Royer reported a case of COVID-19 on Jan. 20, prompting health officials to announce an outbreak given the high-risk setting.

No additional cases of the virus were reported in the facility following several rounds of testing of all residents and staff.

Cases at Edmundston grocery store

Public Health officials have identified a potential exposure to COVID-19 at an Edmundston grocery store.

People who visited the Real Atlantic Superstore at 577 Victoria St. during operating hours between Jan. 22 and Feb. 5 should self-monitor for symptoms.

A Loblaw spokesperson confirmed to CBC News that three employees tested positive for COVID-19.

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Danny Arsenault/CBC

One of the cases is more than two weeks old and considered resolved.

The other two employees to test positive were last in the store on Jan. 24, and Jan. 26.

The company said it has been working closely with Public Health to increase cleaning and enforce social distancing.

Super Bowl warning

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell warned New Brunswickers against parties or large gatherings on Super Bowl Sunday. She said keeping contacts low will prevent another surge in two weeks.

"I know that many New Brunswickers will be celebrating the Super Bowl today. This year, enjoy the food, enjoy the game but please celebrate virtually or within your bubble," she said in a statement.

New Brunswick has confirmed 1,344 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 1,120 recoveries. Seven people are in the hospital, including two in intensive care.

Public Health has conducted 210,128 total tests, including 1,194 since Saturday's update.

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.