On Friday, New Brunswick health officials are reporting four additional deaths related to COVID-19.

Public health says the deaths involve:

  • a 70 year old in Zone 1 (Moncton area)
  • an octogenarian in Zone 2 (Saint John area)
  • an 80-year-old in Zone 3 (Fredericton area)
  • an 80-year-old in Zone 6 (Bathurst area)

Starting Saturday, health officials say information on virus-related deaths will be available on New Brunswick’s online COVID-19 dashboard.

To date, New Brunswick has reported 228 virus-related deaths.

COVID-19 DASHBOARD

Public Health says daily COVID-19 news releases will no longer be issued. Data regarding hospitalizations, positive tests, vaccination rates and deaths related to the virus will be available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

“This information is updated daily,” Public Health wrote in a statement. “Notices when the dashboard has been updated will be posted daily on the provincial government’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.”

HOSPITALIZATION UPDATE

On Friday, there were 135 people hospitalized in New Brunswick with COVID-19.

Of those hospitalized, 63 were admitted with COVID-19 and 72 were admitted for other reasons but tested positive for the virus.

There are currently 16 people in intensive care and four people on ventilators.

Public health says a total of 363 healthcare workers are in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.

VACCINE UPDATE

As of Friday, 1,639,654 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in New Brunswick.

Of these, 690,528 were first doses, 631,670 were second doses, and 317,456 were booster doses.

To date, 42.3% of eligible New Brunswickers have received their booster dose.

NEW CASES

According to the province’s online dashboard, there are 396 new cases confirmed by PCR on Friday, along with 576 new cases identified through rapid tests.

The province is also reporting 336 new recoveries, bringing the total number of active cases to 5,410.

VACCINE CLINICS UPDATES

Public Health says a pop-up, walk-in vaccination clinic will be held in Saint John on Monday for people looking to get a first, second or third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The clinic, which will be located at 30 Torne Ave, will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Anyone coming to the clinic is asked to bring their health insurance card, a vaccination record if they receive their second dose or a reminder and a signed consent form.

“Due to the impending weekend storm, people are advised to monitor Horizon Health Network and/or Vitalité Health Network websites and social media accounts for any possible clinic cancellations,” said writes public health.

GO TO LEVEL 2

New Brunswick is moving to Level 2 of its winter plan to manage COVID-19 two days ahead of schedule.

The surprise move was announced Thursday afternoon during the province’s COVID-19 update.

The move to level 2 will take effect Friday at 11:59 p.m.

Businesses that were scheduled to close in Level 3, including spas and salons, entertainment centers, gyms and restaurant dining rooms, will be allowed to reopen in Level 2 at 50% capacity and with physical distancing . People should limit their contacts to a maximum of Steady 10.

A full list of restrictions under Level 2 is available online.

IN-PERSON CLASSES RESUME MONDAY

Schools will resume in-person learning on Monday. The province says there will be modified restrictions for sports activities and music.

Families are reminded that masks will be mandatory indoors and outdoors, for all age groups, except for K-8 students who are within their outdoor group.

“Students are reminded to bring their own mask to school; well-fitting three-layer masks are recommended by public health,” a statement read. “A supply of medical grade masks, rated KN95 or higher, has been secured for teachers and school staff as an option.

Any student who has a new or worsening symptom should not attend school and register online for rapid tests.

Complete plans for K-8 and high schools are available online.

“We all have a role to play in keeping our schools as healthy and safe as possible,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “We are asking everyone in the schools to cooperate to ensure that everyone wears their mask correctly throughout the day – on their nose and mouth. By following the guidelines, you are helping to keep school staff, students, and other community members healthy.

Regular updates on cases affecting schools will also resume Monday on the Healthy and Safe Schools website.