N.B. reports 10 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday

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New Brunswick announced 10 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday.

All cases are in the Fredericton region, including:

  • three people aged 19 and under.

  • two people aged between 20-29.

  • an individual aged between 30-39.

  • an individual aged between 40-49.

  • an individual aged between 50-59.

  • an individual aged between 60-69.

  • an individual aged between 70-79.

The cases are self-isolating and are thought to be connected.

"We are concerned to see such a high spike in cases in one day, but we suspect a number of these cases are connected," Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell said in a statement Saturday.

"We are currently undergoing rigorous contact tracing to confirm. We are also assessing the situation to see if further action is required to control the spread."

There are now 34 active cases in the province, with cases in every health zone:

  • Fredericton area (18).

  • Moncton region (6).

  • Edmundston region (5).

  • Saint John (1).

  • Bathurst (1).

  • Miramichi (2).

  • Campbellton (1).

There have been nine deaths due to COVID-19 in New Brunswick since the pandemic began. One person in the province is in intensive care related to the virus.

New Brunswick has had a total of 611 COVID-19 cases and 567 of those are recovered.

Warnings against travel, no community spread yet

In an interview with Radio-Canada Saturday, Russell said this still isn't considered community transmission, but there's a chance that could as new research comes in.

"We have found a connection between the majority of these cases, but there is still more research to come," she said.

"[Community transmission] is always a possibility all across the province, at any time, because cases outside of New Brunswick continue to rise."

She said it's always possible for a zone to quickly switch to the stricter orange level due to a spike in cases, and that Public Health is continuing to monitor the situation.

Russell said she never recommends people travel outside of the province for non-essential purposes.

"It's very dangerous, there are a lot of risks," she said.

Russell said the province is seeing cases where people who travel outside of the province self-isolate in a household with others and infect those people.

"If you have the choice to do self-isolation somewhere other than your house with other people you live with, do it alone in a hotel or Airbnb," said Russell.