Virus claims 10 more New Brunswickers, hospitalizations stable, include 4 children under 10

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New Brunswick recorded another 10 COVID-related deaths Tuesday, the same number as last Tuesday. (Paula Duhatschek/CBC - image credit)
New Brunswick recorded another 10 COVID-related deaths Tuesday, the same number as last Tuesday. (Paula Duhatschek/CBC - image credit)

Ten more New Brunswickers who had COVID-19 have died, but the number of people hospitalized for the virus has remained stable and the number requiring intensive care has dropped, according to Tuesday's weekly update from the government.

Four children under age 10 are among those hospitalized.

The province no longer provides information about new COVID-related deaths, such as their age groups, or which health zones they lived in.

But a comparison of this week's COVIDWatch report to last week's reveals the people who died between April 10 and April 16 include a person in their 50s, two in their 60s, two in their 70s, two in their 80s, and three in their 90s.

COVID-19 was "a primary or contributing factor to cause of death as per the attending physician," the website states.

The latest deaths raise the province's pandemic death toll to 378.

Seventy-nine people are hospitalized because of the virus, including six in ICU, a decrease of seven from the previous report, according to the website.

Only people hospitalized for COVID are included on the government's replacement for the COVID-19 dashboard, not people who were initially admitted to hospital for another reason and later test positive for the virus.

The number of patients on ventilators is no longer provided by Public Health.

Paula Duhatschek/CBC
Paula Duhatschek/CBC

The seven-day moving average of hospitalizations for COVID-19, including ICU admissions, jumped to 88 from 78 last week, according to the province's web page.

"The highest portion of hospitalizations for COVID-19 is among individuals aged 60-79," a summary states.

"Individuals that are unprotected by vaccine continue to have the highest rate of hospitalization for COVID-19 and death."

A total of 5,645 new cases of COVID have been recorded in the past week. That includes 2,956 people who tested positive through PCR lab tests and 2,689 people who self-reported testing positive on rapid tests.

Based on PCR tests alone, there are now 4,789 active cases across the province.

According to the website, 51.8 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers have now received their COVID-19 booster dose, up from 51.6 per cent a week ago, 87.8 per cent have received two doses, up from 87.7 per cent, and 93.1 per cent have received their first dose, up from 93 per cent.

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