N.B. logs 2,548 COVID-19 cases in three days, over 500 health-care workers isolating

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FREDERICTON — Public health officials in New Brunswick are reporting 2,548 new cases of COVID-19 over the past three days.

In a news release, officials say they logged 797 new cases on Saturday, 829 on Sunday and 922 infections today.

They say 51 people are in hospital due to COVID-19, and 17 of those patents are in intensive care while 12 people are on a ventilator.

The release says more than 500 heath-care workers in the province are now isolating because of COVID-19.

New Brunswick is limiting availability of polymerase chain reaction testing to high-risk individuals, including symptomatic people over 50 and under the age of two, to grapple with the strain on its resources.

Officials say rapid tests will be used for people under 50 who are experiencing symptoms, and positive results will be treated as a case and must be registered online.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 3, 2021.

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