Two new COVID-19 cases in Zone 5 on Friday


Public Health is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 in the Campbellton-Dalhousie Region on Friday.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health, says these new cases are also related to the original case which is related to travel.

This brings the total number of active cases in Zone 5, and in New Brunswick as a whole, to eight.

One of the new cases is a healthcare worker in their 30s who works in a long-term care facility, while the other is an individual in their 60s.

Premier Blaine Higgs says every resident and employee of the long-term care facility will be tested using rapid response test kits that give a result within 45 minutes.

Two individuals who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 are currently being treated in ICU, with their conditions listed as stable.

Dr. Russell added contact tracing for the cases in Zone 5 has revealed close contacts that live outside of the region, meaning the outbreak could easily spread further across the province.

She stressed the importance of being truthful with Public Health officials and self-isolation if required.

If you have been a close contact of someone in Zone 5, you are asked to monitor yourself for symptoms, and if you or a member of your family begins exhibiting symptoms, contact 811 to arrange a COVID-19 test.

Speaking on the investigation into the origin of the outbreak, Premier Higgs said it is important to leave disciplinary action to the appropriate authorities, be they the RCMP or the Vitalité Health Network, adding he does not want to see anyone "taking matters into their own hands".

Earlier on Friday, Giles Lanteigne, President and CEO of the Vitalité Health Network, said a male professional health-care provider has been suspended.

An investigation into the actions of the health-care provider is underway.

To date, New Brunswick has 128 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 24,041 negative test results.

120 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have made a full recovery, and there have been no deaths related to the virus.