New Brunswick reports 15 new cases of COVID-19

New Brunswick Public Health reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, which includes nine travel-related cases of New Brunswick workers who are isolating outside of the province.

"Their cases are included in the totals of the health zones of their home communities," New Brunswick Public Health wrote in a news release.

There have been 1,915 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick since the pandemic began.

Since Thursday, six people have recovered leaving the total of active cases at 127, with four people in hospital – including two in intensive care.

On Thursday, public health staff conducted 1,824 tests, raising the province's total to 289,965.

There have been 36 COVID-19-related deaths in New Brunswick.

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Almost 1,000 tests were done after a positive case on Monday. All have returned negative. The school remains closed and families have been asked to isolate until Sunday. Additional testing of some students and staff will take place on the weekend.

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NO CASES AT EDMUNSTON HOSPITAL

The Vitalite Health Network says there are no hospitalized COVID-19 patients at the Edmundston Regional Hospital.

There are also no patients in the hospital's ICU and no patients in the hospital's COVID-19 unit.

The Edmundston area has been at the centre of an outbreak that had resulted in lockdowns and tightened public health measures.

OTTAWA APPROVES RED CROSS HELP AT GRAND FALLS CARE FACILITY

The federal government has approved New Brunswick's request for help in dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19 at a long-term care facility.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said on Twitter today the federal approval means Red Cross personnel can provide support for up to three long-term care facilities in the province.

Bruce Macfarlane, communications director for New Brunswick's Health Department, says the Red Cross will support a provincial team as it deals with an outbreak at the Pavillon Beau Lieu long-term care facility in Grand Falls, N.B.

Macfarlane says the Red Cross will help with a variety of non-clinical tasks, including light cleaning and providing food for facility residents.

Canadian Red Cross provincial director Bill Lawlor says personnel were deployed to the province earlier this week and are already pitching in.

New Brunswick today reported 15 new COVID-19 cases, and it has 127 active infections with four people in hospital -- two of whom are in intensive care.

With files from The Canadian Press.