3 new cases of COVID-19 identified in Zone 5; 1,300 tests processed in past 24 hours


Public Health is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 in Zone 5, bringing the total there and in New Brunswick as a whole to 12.

At a press conference in Fredericton Sunday afternoon, Dr. Jennifer Russell announced the new cases are all individuals in their 80s.

She added these and the case reported yesterday are all linked to Manoir de la Vallée, a long-term care facility in Atholville. 

Premier Higgs says the positive tests at the facility are isolated to a unit with 18 residents, and 51 people call the facility as a whole home.

A release states Extra-Mural Program professionals from Extra-Mural/Ambulance New Brunswick are on site at the facility coordinating clinical care care for residents in collaboration with staff from the Department of Social Development, Department of Health and Vitalité Health Network.

The province says all staff and residents at the facility have been tested.

Government says the active cases are linked to a travel-related case, based on information that has come to light through Public Health's investigation.

There are currently three people in hospital, with one receiving treatment in ICU.

Over the past 24-hours, more than 1,300 tests have been processed by the microbiology lab at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton.

This is the largest number of tests processed in a single day since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To date, there have been 132 cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick, of which 120 people have recovered.

Regarding testing in the Campbellton-Dalhousie Region, Dr. Russell says beginning Monday, testing will again be limited to those who have 2 or more of the symptoms of COVID-19, and an appointment for a test must be made by calling 811.

Overall, New Brunswick has 26,040 negative test results.