N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 1 more death, but cases trending down, says Higgs

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Premier Blaine Higgs said following the COVID-19 rules works to decrease the number of  cases in the province. (Government of New Brunswick/YouTube - image credit)
Premier Blaine Higgs said following the COVID-19 rules works to decrease the number of cases in the province. (Government of New Brunswick/YouTube - image credit)

COVID-19 has claimed the life of another New Brunswicker, but Premier Blaine Higgs says the province is on the right path, with the number of cases trending downward.

The number of people in hospital and in intensive care, however, has increased.

And the source of all but two of the 53 new cases is under investigation, pushing the number of cases of unknown origin in the province to an all-time high of 2,118.

A person in their 70s in the Campbellton region, Zone 5, has died "as a result of COVID-19," Public Health said in a news release. This pushes the number of COVID-related deaths to 91.

"I am sorry for the loss of another person to this virus," Higgs said in a statement.

But he noted the number of confirmed cases has decreased over the past few days, and daily recoveries have outpaced new cases.

On Monday, 53 new cases were reported and 138 recoveries, dropping the number of active cases in the province to 849.

"This is a reminder of the importance of following the rules, as doing so works and will allow us to continue on the path we are currently on," Higgs said.

There are 61 people in hospital because of the virus, four more than on Sunday, including 20 in intensive care, an increase of two.

The news release does not indicate whether any of them are age 19 or under.

Of those in hospital, 31 are unvaccinated, five are partially vaccinated and 25 are fully vaccinated.

Of those in the intensive care unit, 18 are unvaccinated and two are partially vaccinated.

Of the new cases, 33 – or 62 per cent – are unvaccinated, seven – or 13 per cent – are partially vaccinated, and 13 – or 25 per cent – are fully vaccinated.

A total of 82.5 New Brunswickers age 12 and older are now fully vaccinated, up from 82.4 per cent on Sunday, while the rate of vaccination among those who have received at least one dose remains unchanged at 91.5 per cent.

Breakdown of new cases

The 53 new cases of COVID-19 reported by Public Health on Monday are spread across all seven health zones. Here is the breakdown:

Moncton region, Zone 1, 20 cases

  • Six people 19 or under

  • Two people 20-29

  • 10 people 30-39

  • Two people 40-49

All 20 cases are under investigation.

Saint John region, Zone 2, four cases

  • Two people 50-59

  • A person 60-69

  • A person 70-79

All four cases are under investigation.

Fredericton region, Zone 3, six cases

  • A person 50-59

  • Three people 60-69

  • Two people 70-79

All six cases are under investigation.

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Edmundston region, Zone 4, 10 cases

  • A person 19 or under

  • A person 30-39

  • Two people 40-49

  • Three people 50-59

  • Two people 70-79

  • A person 90 or over

All 10 cases are under investigation.

Campbellton region, Zone 5, 11 cases

  • Two people 19 or under

  • A person 20-29

  • Three people 30-39

  • Three people 50-59

  • Two people 60-69

All 11 cases are under investigation.

Bathurst region, Zone 6, one case

  • A person 80-89

This case is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

Miramichi region, Zone 7, one case

  • A person 19 and under

This case is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

New Brunswick has had 5,846 confirmed cases of COVID since the start of the pandemic, with 4,905 recoveries so far.

A total of 506,943 tests have been conducted to date.

School closures less likely but still possible with rapid tests, Cardy says

The use of rapid COVID-19 tests in schools will reduce the likelihood of a school closure, but won't eliminate the possibility completely, Education Minister Dominic Cardy says.

In an interview with Information Morning Moncton Monday, Cardy said that since the rapid test program went into effect last week, 6,500 kits have been sent out as of Friday and 1,500 on Monday, but only for K-8 schools.

"We will also continue to see school closures ... based on the advice of Public Health," he said. "It should reduce a lot as the kits roll out, but Public Health is still where we're taking direction from."

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Jacques Poitras/CBC

Last Tuesday, the province started sending rapid test kits home with students to screen for COVID-19. The kits only go home with kids who are not vaccinated and have been identified as close contacts of a positive case.

One Monday, students in five schools were asked to stay home because of COVID-19 exposures.

In Rexton, Bonar Law Memorial School students are learning from home. In the Moncton area, Forest Glen, Maplehurst Middle, Riverview East and Sunny Brae students stayed home while staff reported to school.

Le Sommet School in Moncton and Mont Carmel in Sainte-Marie-de-Kent were also closed.

According to the province, 99 schools and 53 early learning and child-care facilities have had confirmed cases of COVID-19 since since Sept. 7.

Cardy said he does not have the numbers of how many cases were detected using the rapid test kits.

"My main goal is to look at how to expand the program," he said.

Cardy said the program could be expanded to fully vaccinated students and daycare and early-learning centres as well, but it depends on the number of kits available and how the program is doing so far. There's no concrete timeline yet, he said.

"We have lots of centre operators saying they'd really like to have access to the tests. Obviously parents, too," he said.

Cardy said the expansion is gradual because the province wants to see how the program is faring logistically first, especially since parents are the ones responsible for administering the tests.

"We want to make sure that it works smoothly and that we're not building bad structures into this rollout, given that we could be doing this for quite a long time as we fight COVID over the next, quite possibly, couple of years," he said.

Rapid tests are also being distributed to the general public.

Rapid test kits available provincewide Monday

People who are not positive COVID-19 cases and are not close contacts of a COVID-19 case can pick up the free kits and administer the tests from home at a number of locations across the province.

But some locations, such as Shediac, had already run out by lunch time, despite Public Health having doubled the number of kits available at each location to try to meet the demand.

"All the locations will be open during their scheduled hours or until the daily supply has been given out," Public Health said in a news release. "New supplies of test kits will continue to be delivered to the pick-up locations throughout the week."

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Shane Fowler/CBC

The first three pickup locations Saturday in COVID-19 "hotspots" Moncton, Grand Falls and Perth Andover were all forced to close early when all kits were claimed within the first couple of hours.

There were about 7,500 test kits available at the three locations.

"We appreciate that so many people want to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19," Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell said in a statement.

She urged people to be patient with staff who are "diligently working to get rapid test kits into the hands of New Brunswickers."

The rapid tests are designed for people age two and older.

The kits can be picked up from the following locations:

  • Moncton: Greater Moncton Health Centre, 150 Edmonton Ave., (3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday)

  • Cocagne: Cocagne Health Clinic, 4813 Rte. 134, (8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon Friday)

  • Moncton: 380 MacNaughton Ave. (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday)

  • Edmundston: Edmundston Regional Hospital, 275 Hébert Blvd., (2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday)

  • Clair: Haut-Madawaska Medical Clinic, 809 Principale St., (1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)

  • Grand Falls: Grand Falls General Hospital, 625 Everard H. Daigle Blvd., (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday)

  • Saint-Quentin: Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Joseph de Saint-Quentin, 21 Canada St., (2 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily)

  • Campbellton: E.L. Murray Medical Clinic, 3 Stanley St., (2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday)

  • Dalhousie: St. Joseph Community Health Centre, 280 Victoria St., (noon to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday)

  • Shediac: Shediac Regional Medical Centre, 419 Main St., (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday)

  • Belledune: Jacquet River Health Centre, 41 Mack St., (1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday)

  • Bathurst: Chaleur Regional Hospital, 1750 Sunset Blvd., (12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday)

  • Caraquet: Enfant-Jésus RHSJ Hospital, 1 Saint-Pierre Blvd. W., (1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday)

  • Tracadie: Tracadie Hospital, 400 Des Hospitalières St., (1 p.m. to 3 p.m. daily)

  • Lamèque: Lamèque Hospital and Community Health Centre, 29 De l'Hôpital St., (noon to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday)

  • Paquetville: Paquetville Health Centre, 1096 Du Parc St., (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday)

  • Saint-Isidore: Saint-Isidore Community Health Centre, 3973-1 Des Fondateurs Blvd., (12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday)

  • Saint John: Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal, 333 Water St., (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday)

  • Fredericton: Exhibition Grounds, 361 Smythe St., (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday)

  • Miramichi: 365 Wellington St. (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday)

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Shane Fowler/CBC

Most of the kits contain five rapid tests, which must be used within 10 days, Public Health said Monday.

It's important that those who get a positive result on a rapid test make an appointment to get a follow-up polymerase chain reaction (PCR) lab test, said Russell. A PCR test is considered the gold standard diagnostic test.

"Anyone who has been directed by Public Health to isolate is not permitted to leave isolation if they receive a negative result from a rapid test kit," the release said.

2 more deaths at Dalhousie nursing home

The COVID death toll in an outbreak at a Dalhousie nursing home has risen to five, according to the interim executive director of the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes.

Three deaths at the Villa Renaissance were reported Sunday — two residents in their 40s and an employee.

Michael Keating says another resident died Monday morning. He could not immediately provide any other details.

Another resident who died was in palliative care when they tested positive for COVID, said Keating.

He doesn't know if the province will count the person's death as COVID-related or not.

The province did not respond to a request for comment.

Seven residents and seven employees have tested positive for the virus since Wednesday.

Keating said some employees are going above and beyond the increased infection prevention and control measures.

"We've heard stories that employees have even moved into recreational vehicles on site so that they don't go home and potentially transmit to their families, so that shows quite a dedication to their professions."

Moncton Hospital cancer, general surgery unit outbreaks up to 24

A total of 24 cases of COVID-19 have now been confirmed in an outbreak on the cancer and general surgery units of the Moncton Hospital, says the Horizon Health Network.

As of Monday, 14 patients and 10 staff members on Unit 4200 (oncology) and unit 5600 (general surgery) have tested positive, said Christa Wheeler-Thorne, the hospital's executive director.

Mass testing is continuing and both units remain closed to admissions and transfers, she said.

CBC first confirmed the outbreak last Friday.

The total number of confirmed cases in a previous outbreak on the geriatric unit (5200), announced Sept. 27, was not immediately available.

Staff are following enhanced infection prevention and control guidelines and foot traffic to these units is limited to essential services, such as food services.

"I'd like to commend our staff – including employee health and our IPC staff – for their swift, thorough response to this situation," Wheeler-Thorne said in an emailed statement. "Their efforts have been instrumental in tracing and containing these outbreaks."

Designated support persons must be vaccinated, says Vitalité

The Vitalité Health Network has announced changes to the COVID-19 guidelines for designated support persons, which include the requirement that they be fully vaccinated, effective Nov. 19.

Eligible hospital patients will be asked to identify a fully vaccinated designated support person, according to a news release.

"If this is not possible, an unvaccinated designated support person will be allowed to visit" if they meet certain COVID-19 testing requirements.

Between Oct. 18 and Nov. 19, unvaccinated designated support persons will be required to:

  • Show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of the visit. "If it is not possible to get a screening test before admission, the test should be scheduled as soon as possible, and the test date communicated to the health care team," the news release states.

  • Get tested on Day 5 and Day 10 if visits continue, and present evidence of negative test results.

  • Get tested twice a week if visits continue after Day 10 and present evidence of negative test results.

  • Not have symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Practise proper hand hygiene, wear a mask, limit movement inside the hospital, agree to go only to the patient's room, respect physical distancing of two metres, and limit interactions with staff, other patients and visitors.

Exceptions can be made for the designated support person accompanying pediatric patients, patients with special needs and for emergency department visits, according to the news release.

Patients who are eligible for a designated support person include: those in pediatrics/pediatric psychiatry, neonatalogy, obstetrics (labour, delivery and post-partum), and intensive/critical care; patients receiving palliative/end-of-life care; patients receiving medical assistance in dying; patients hospitalized for 14 or more days; patients with cognitive/communication impairments (cognitive impairment leading to agitation and inability to console; communication impairment which affects care); and patients in emergency and ambulatory services.

New public exposure notices

Moncton region, Zone 1

  • Oct. 15 from noon to 12:30 p.m. – Boutique Recycl'Art and Antiques (149 John St., Moncton)

  • Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Tim Hortons (1840 Main St., Moncton)

  • Oct.12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Gusto Italian Grill & Bar (130 Westmorland St., Moncton)

Fredericton region, Zone 3

  • Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon – Home Hardware (115 Drummond St., Perth)

  • Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon – BMR Besthome Hardware & Building Supplies (319 Centreville Rd., Florenceville-Bristol)

  • Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon – Davesports (398 Connell St., Woodstock)

Edmundston region, Zone 4

  • Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to noon – IGA extra Supermarché Donat Thériault (580 Victoria St., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 14 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Walmart (494 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 14 from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Foodland (535 Everard H. Daigle Blvd., Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 13 from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Loune's Lounge (475 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 13 from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Dollarama (787 Victoria St., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. – Walmart (805 Victoria St., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – IGA extra Supermarché Donat Thériault (580 Victoria St., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Canadian Tire (590 Victoria St., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Walmart (805 Victoria St., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 12 from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Shoppers Drug Mart (160 Hébert Blvd., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 12 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Clinic Physio Logic (182 High St., Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 12 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Walmart (494 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 12 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Foodland (535 Everard H. Daigle Blvd., Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to noon – Walmart (805 Victoria St., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Dollarama (180 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. – Church of St. Anne (99 Main St., Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska)

  • Oct. 10 from 9:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs Church (30 37e Ave., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 7 from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Walmart (494 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 7 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Sports Experts (180 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 7 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Provincial Court, Carrefour Assomption (121 de l'Église Rd., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 6 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Foodland (535 Everard H. Daigle Blvd., Grand Falls)

Campbellton region, Zone 5

  • Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon – Le Grenier (312 Val d'Amour Rd., Atholville)

  • Oct. 15 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Le Grenier (312 Val d'Amour Rd., Atholville)

  • Oct. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Naturiste (312 Val d'Amour Rd., Atholville)

Previous exposure notices

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

  • Oct. 14 – Air Canada Flight 8786 – from Montreal to Saint John departed at 8:28 a.m.

  • Oct. 8 – Air Canada Flight 8790 – from Montreal to Saint John departed at 7:47 p.m.

Public Health recommends that people who have been at a possible public exposure site and are not fully vaccinated get a COVID test, even if they don't have symptoms. They can book an appointment online or call Tele-Care 811.

If they do have symptoms, they must isolate while they await their results.

For people who are fully vaccinated, Public Health recommends they monitor for symptoms for 14 days after the possible exposure and get a COVID test if symptoms develop.

Anyone who frequented the locations at the specified dates and times should also avoid visiting settings with vulnerable populations such as nursing homes, correctional facilities and shelters for the next 14 days.

The following are exposure notices from the past few weeks. For the full list beyond this time period, please visit the Government of New Brunswick's website, which was redesigned Tuesday and now clearly separates new exposure notices from previously reported exposure notices.

Moncton region, Zone 1

  • Oct. 16 and 17 from 11 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Moncton Hospital Emergency Room waiting room (135 Macbeath Ave., Moncton)

  • Oct.13 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Wise Guyz Pub (176 Robinson St., Moncton)

  • Oct.13 between 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. – Atlantic Superstore (89 Trinity Dr., Moncton)

  • Oct.13 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. – George Dumont Hospital, Diagnostic Imaging Department (330 Université Ave., Moncton)

  • Oct. 13 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Spirit Halloween (169 Trinity Dr., Moncton)

  • Oct. 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Tim Hortons (10 Plaza Blvd., Moncton)

  • Oct. 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Tim Hortons (10 Plaza Blvd., Moncton)

  • Oct. 7 between 9 a.m. and noon – Service New Brunswick, waiting room (766 Main St., Moncton)

  • Oct. 7 between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. – Pseudio (477 Paul St., Dieppe)

  • Between Oct. 6 and 7 between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. – Wingate by Wyndham (69 Marché Rd., Dieppe)

  • Oct. 6 between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. – The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse (751 Main St., Moncton)

  • Oct. 6 between 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Pseudio (477 Paul St., Dieppe)

  • Oct. 5 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.- Five Bridges Bar & Grill (121 Pine Glen Rd., Riverview)

  • Oct. 4 between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Dr. Léon Richard Oncology Centre (37 Providence St. Moncton)

  • Oct. 4-6 between 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Club Boishebert de Shediac (322 Main St., Shediac)

  • Oct. 3 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. – YMCA (70 Twin Oaks Dr., Moncton)

  • Oct. 3 between 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. – Cornerstone Chapel Moncton (11 York St., Berry Mills)

  • Oct. 3 between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. – Hillsborough United Church (2891 Main St., Hillsborough)

  • Between Oct. 2 and 3 between noon and 10 a.m. – Beauséjour Camping (747 Lino Rd., Shediac)

Saint John region, Zone 2

  • Oct. 9 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. – The Barrel's Head Gastropub (141 Hampton Rd., Rothesay)

  • Oct. 9 between 3:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. – Drew & Jen's No Frills (621 Fairville Blvd., Saint John)

  • Oct. 8 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Pizza Delight (2 King St., St. Stephen)

  • Oct. 8 between 5:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. – East Side Mario's (75 Consumers Dr., Saint John)

  • Oct. 8 between noon and 2:30 p.m. – Canadian Tire (250 King St., St. Stephen)

  • Oct. 8 between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. – Atlantic Superstore (195 King St., St. Stephen)

  • Oct. 8 between 6:45 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. – Station 33 Café & Yoga restaurant section (33 Railway Cres., Hampton)

  • Oct. 1 and 8 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. – Hampton Chop Shop (557 Main St., Hampton)

  • Oct. 2 to Oct. 7 between 6:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. – Station 33 Café & Yoga restaurant section (33 Railway Cres., Hampton)

  • Oct. 5, 6, and 7 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – McAllister Place (519 Westmorland Rd., Saint John)

  • Between Oct. 4 and 7 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. – Hampton Chop Shop (557 Main St., Hampton)

  • Oct. 7, between 7:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. – Hampton Community Center rink (808 Main St., Hampton)

  • Oct. 7 between noon and 2 p.m. – Vogue Optical (20 Plaza Ave., Saint John)

  • Oct. 6 between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Vogue Optical (20 Plaza Ave., Saint John)

  • Oct. 6, between noon and 3 p.m. – Dr. Luan Le's Office (35 University Ave., Saint John)

  • Oct. 6, between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – Char and Chowder Restaurant (182 Water St., Saint Andrews)

  • Oct. 6 between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Herring Cove Pharmacy (924 Route 774, Welshpool)

  • Oct. 5 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. – 8th Hussars Sports Centre (8 Leonard Dr., Sussex)

  • Oct. 5, between 1:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Up to Par Restaurant (109 Upper Midland Rd., Norton)

  • Oct. 5 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. – Canterbury Dental Clinic (18 Canterbury St., Saint John)

  • Oct. 5 between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. – Campobello Island Health Centre (640 Route 774, Welshpool)

  • Oct. 4 and 5 between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. – Needs Convenience Store (89 Marr Rd., Rothesay)

  • Oct. 4, between 5:45 p.m. and 16:15 p.m. – Mac's Island Market (924 Route 774, Welshpool)

  • Oct. 3 between 4 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. – Vito's Restaurant (111 Hampton Rd., Rothesay)

  • Oct. 3 between 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. – Char and Chowder Restaurant (182 Water St., Saint Andrews)

  • Oct. 3 – Kings Church (332 Hampton Rd., Quispamsis)

Fredericton region, Zone 3

  • Oct. 14 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. – Canadian Tire (388 Connell St., Woodstock)

  • Oct. 13 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. – Canadian Tire (388 Connell St., Woodstock)

  • Oct. 12 between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Canadian Tire (388 Connell St., Woodstock)

  • Oct. 10 between noon and 5 p.m. – Pseudio (1381 Regent St., Fredericton)

  • Oct. 10 between 9 a.m. and noon – HopeCity (429 Clements Dr., Fredericton)

  • Oct. 9 between 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. – Pseudio (1381 Regent St., Fredericton)

  • Oct. 8 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Pseudio (1381 Regent St., Fredericton)

  • Oct. 8 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Starbucks (1040 Prospect St., Fredericton)

  • Oct. 8 between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Taco Boys (10 Trinity Ave., Fredericton)

  • Oct. 8 between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Vape City (10 Trinity Ave., Fredericton)

  • Sept. 14 to Oct. 7 – Tobique Valley Senior's Complex (4 Manor Dr., Plaster Rock)

  • Oct. 7 between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. – East Side Mario's (14 Trinity Ave., Fredericton)

  • Oct. 7 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Dollarama (1381 Regent St., Fredericton)

  • Oct. 7 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Walmart (1399 Regent St., Fredericton)

  • Oct. 7 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Hanwell Village Mart (1761 Hanwell Rd., Hanwell)

  • Oct. 6 between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. – PJ's Wings and Things (38 Main St., Fredericton)

  • Oct. 6 between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. – York County Cider (38 Main St., Fredericton)

  • Oct. 6 between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Capital Community Church (71 Downing St., Fredericton)

  • Oct. 6 between noon and 2 p.m. – Ken's Barber Shop (240 Main St., Plaster Rock)Oct. 4 between 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Scotiabank (728 Perth Main St., Perth-Andover)

  • Oct. 5 between noon and 8 p.m. – Pseudio (1381 Regent St., Fredericton)

  • Oct. 5 between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Abony Family Tennis Centre (594 Knowledge Park Dr., Fredericton)

  • Oct. 4 between 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Scotiabank (728 Perth Main St., Perth-Andover)

  • Oct. 4 between 9:40 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. – Subway (18 F. Tribe Rd. Unit 3, Perth-Andover)

  • Oct. 3 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Pond's Resort on the Miramichi restaurant (91 Porter Cove Rd., Porter Cove)

  • Oct. 3 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Speedway 104 Mower races (7399 Route 104, Windsor)

  • Oct. 3 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Speedway 104 Mower races (7399 Route 104, Windsor)

  • Oct. 3 between 10:30 a.m. and noon – Sure Life Assembly (335 Otis Drive, Nackawic)

  • Oct. 3 between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. – G8Way Ultramar (22 Route 628, Penniac)

  • Oct. 3 between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Kingswood Golf Club (1700 Kingswood Way, Hanwell)

  • Oct. 2-3 between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. – Quality Inn and Suites Amsterdam (559 Bishop Dr., Fredericton)

Edmundston region, Zone 4

  • Oct. 16 from 8:45 a.m to 10 a.m. – Edmundston Regional Hospital Emergency Room waiting room (275 Hébert Blvd., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Walmart (494 Madawaska St., Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 13 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. – Grand Falls General Hospital, Outpatient Waiting Room (625 Everard H. Daigle Blvd., Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 12 and 13 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Walmart (494 Madawaska St., Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 12 between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – Regional Hospital of Edmundston, Emergency Department (275 Hébert Blvd., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 12 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Casse Croute Caro (180 Hebert Blvd., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 10 between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Walmart (805 Victoria Rd., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 9 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Bonichoix (4 Saint Camille Rd., Kedgwick)

  • Oct. 9 between 11 p.m. and midnight – Bar Chez Wilma (500 Mgr Numa Pichette Blvd., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 9 between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. – Café Retro Bar (69 Canada Rd., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 9 between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. – Casino Grey Rock (100 Chief Joanna Blvd., Saint Basile)

  • Oct. 9 between noon and 2 p.m. – Shoppers Drug Mart (344 Canada Rd., Saint Quentin)

  • Oct. 9 between noon and 2 p.m. – Saint Quentin Co-Op (145 Canada Rd., Saint Quentin)

  • Oct. 9 from 6 a.m. to 7: 45 a.m. – Ultramar (555 Madawaska St., Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Walmart (494 Madawaska St., Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 8 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Ultramar (555 Madawaska St., Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 8 between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Atlantic Superstore (240 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 8 between 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Shoppers Drug Mart (344 Canada Rd., Saint Quentin)

  • Oct. 8 between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – Familiprix – Kevin Smyth (138 Main St., Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska)

  • Oct. 7 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Ultramar (555 Madawaska St., Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 3 to Oct. 7 – Rodeway Inn (10039 Route 144, Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 6 between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Walmart (805 Victoria St., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 6 between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Dollarama (15 Mowin St., Madawaska Maliseet First Nation)

  • Oct. 7 between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – Walmart (805 Victoria Rd., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 7 between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Supermarché Bonichoix (746 Main St., Saint Leonard)

  • Oct. 7 between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Familiprix – Kevin Smyth (138 Main St., Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska)

  • Oct. 7 between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. – Provincial Court – Carrefour Assomption (121 de l'Église Rd., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 6-7 between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. – Subway (360 Canada St., Saint Quentin)

  • Oct. 5 and 7 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. – Cyr Roy Machine Shop and Dépanneur (111 Martin Rd., Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska)

  • Oct. 6 between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Catholic Diocesan Centre (60 René-Bouchard Rd., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 5 between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Greco Pizza (10 Mahsus Crt., Edmundston)

  • Oct. 4 between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Dollarama (180 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 4 between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Walmart (494 Madawaska Road, Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 4 between 8:15 a.m. and 9 a.m. – Walmart (494 Madawaska Road, Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 4 between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Atlantic Superstore (240 Madawaska Road, Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 4 between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Walmart (494 Madawaska Road, Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 4 between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Shoppers Drug Mart (180 Madawaska Road, Unit #700, Grand Falls)

  • Oct. 3 between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Subway (360 Canada St., Saint Quentin)

  • Oct. 3 between 9:15 a.m. and 10 p.m. – St. George Church (226 St. Georges Rd., Grand Falls)

Campbellton region, Zone 5

  • Oct. 13 from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Kent Building Supplies (15 Savoie Ave., Atholville)

  • Oct. 12 and 13 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. – J.A. Epicerie 2000 Inc. (339 Main St., Eel River Crossing)

  • Oct. 12 and 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Boutique Daze (312 Val-D'Amour Rd., Atholville)

  • Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Kent Building Supplies (15 Savoie Ave., Atholville)

  • Oct. 6-8 – Clinique Vétérinaire Lépine (148 Notre Dame St., Atholville)

  • Oct. 7 between 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – Campbellton Regional Hospital, emergency department (189 Lily Lake Rd., Campbellton)

  • Oct. 6 between 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. – Brasserie 1026 Bar & Grill (157 Water St., Campbellton)

  • Between Oct. 5 and 6 between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. – Campbellton Regional Hospital, emergency department (189 Lily Lake Rd., Campbellton)

  • Oct. 5-7 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. – CCNB – Campbellton Campus (47 Village Ave., Campbellton)

  • Oct. 4 between 11:40 a.m. and 12:55 p.m. – Bonnie's Tabata Fitness (1 Union St., Campbellton)

  • Between Oct. 1-6 – Campbellton Regional Hospital Med-Surg unit (189 Lily Lake Rd., Campbellton)

Bathurst region, Zone 6

  • Oct. 8 between 12:30 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. – Walmart (900 St. Anne St., Bathurst)

  • Oct. 8 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – House of Lee (315 Main St., Bathurst)

  • Oct. 8 between 9:50 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. – Marshalls (700 St. Peter Ave., Bathurst)

  • Oct. 8 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Sobeys (1125 St. Peter Ave., Bathurst)

  • Oct. 5 between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – Dixie Lee Restaurant (49 St-Pierre Blvd. W., Caraquet)

  • Oct. 4 between noon and 1 p.m. – L'Entracte Resto Pub (3394 Principale St., Tracadie)

  • Oct. 3 between 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Walmart (900 St. Anne St., Bathurst)

Miramichi region, Zone 7

  • Oct. 10 between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. – Tim Hortons (188 King St., Miramichi)

  • Oct. 5 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Downtown Beauty Salon (1706 Water St., Miramichi)

  • Oct. 3 between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Harvey's (2470 King George Highway, Miramichi)

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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