N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 1 new case, advice on ‘Living with COVID-19’ | #socialmedia

New Brunswick announced one new case of COVID-19 in the Saint John region, Zone 2, on Tuesday and reminded the public of the province’s new “Living with COVID-19” document, outlining ways health measures can be incorporated into daily life to help protect individuals, businesses, organizations and communities.

The province is set to lift all pandemic restrictions, including mandatory masks, gathering limits and provincial border checks for travellers within Canada, this Friday at 11:59 p.m., regardless of whether it meets its vaccination target to have 75 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated.

A total of 64.7 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 or older are now fully vaccinated, the COVID-19 dashboard shows, while 81.6 per cent have had at least one dose.

That’s only up from 64.4 per cent and 81.5 per cent on Monday. Just 2,451 people rolled up their sleeves on Monday, 1,954 for their second dose and 497 for their first.

“When mandated restrictions are lifted under the province’s COVID-19 recovery plan, the province will return to Green. It does not represent ‘the end of the pandemic.’ We will continue to encourage preventative public health measures,” the Living with COVID-19 document states.

“Best practices of personal protective measures and health hygiene will not only help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but of many other respiratory illnesses such as the cold and influenza.”

The 13-page page document, which is available online, covers topics such as vaccination, face coverings and physical distancing, hand washing and respiratory hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting, as well as healthy workplace policies and planning for safer travel.

“As we learn to live with COVID-19, some people will feel excited and eager to resume their pre-pandemic lifestyle. Others will feel stress, anxiety and worry,” it states. “It will be important moving forward that we are supportive of each other’s personal protective habits and risk tolerances.”

Q&A on vaccinations

The province was scheduled to hold a livestream question-and-answer session about COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., but ran into technical difficulties.

The session with Dr. Jennifer Russell and Daniel Landry, an infectious diseases pharmacist from Moncton’s Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre, will be recorded instead and posted on the government’s YouTube channel.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, and Daniel Landry, infectious disease pharmacist, were to address the public at 1:30 p.m., but due to technical difficulties the session will be recorded instead. (Government of New Brunswick/Twitter)

People were asked to submit their questions in advance via the government’s Facebook page or Twitter account.

“We will do our best to answer as many as we can in the time allowed,” the government’s social media post stated.

Some of the issues people asked about online included:

  • Whether New Brunswick will provide a third vaccine to people who want to travel to countries that don’t recognize their vaccination status because they received two different vaccines.
  • If and when boosters will be required.
  • The status of work on developing vaccines for children under 12.
  • Whether it’s safe to go green now before children are vaccinated and with school about to start, and what parents can do to help keep their children safe.

Trudeau marks vaccine milestone in Moncton

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Moncton on Tuesday to mark what he described as “a major vaccine campaign milestone.”

Canada has now received 66 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine — enough to fully vaccinate the 33.2 million Canadians aged 12 and over who are eligible, he announced during a late morning stop at the vaccination clinic at the Moncton Coliseum.

The Public Health Agency of Canada and the government had previously set the end of September 2021 as a date when all Canadians who want to be fully vaccinated would be able to get both doses.

“Not only have we kept that promise, but we’ve delivered it two months ahead of schedule,” Trudeau said.

“With enough doses for everyone, there’s no more excuses not to get your shot.”

Trudeau made the announcements following “private meetings,” according to his itinerary.

In the afternoon, he was scheduled to head to Prince Edward Island, where he was expected to meet privately with Premier Dennis King before they make an announcement with several federal and provincial officials, including Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Ahmed Hussen.

7 active cases

The one new case of COVID-19 announced Tuesday is travel-related, said Public Health. The person, aged 19 or under in the Saint John region, Zone 2, is out of province.

There are now seven active cases of the respiratory disease. No one is hospitalized.

The one new case of COVID-19 confirmed Tuesday put the province’s active case count at seven. (CBC)

There have been 2,352 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province since the pandemic began, with 2,298 recoveries so far and 46 COVID-related deaths.

A total of 378,522 COVID tests have been conducted, including 676 on Monday.

Mobile and walk-in clinics

To help make getting vaccinated more convenient and accessible the province is offering mobile walk-in Moderna clinics across the province. One is slated for Rockland Tuesday at the Triple C Recreation Centre, 817 Rockland Rd., between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Other clinics accepting walk-ins Tuesday include:

  • Moncton — Moncton Coliseum, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  (12 years and older – Pfizer-BioNTech)
  • Miramichi — Miramichi Exhibition Building, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (12 years and older – Pfizer-BioNTech)
  • Pennfield — Pennfield Lions Club, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (12 years and older – Pfizer-BioNTech) 
  • Saint John —  Marco Polo Cruise Ship Terminal, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (18 years and older-Moderna)

“Access to vaccines has never been easier in the province,” Public Health said in a news release Tuesday.

“If you have not yet had your first or second dose, you are encouraged to go to a mobile or walk-in clinic or to book an appointment through a participating pharmacy or at a Vitalité or Horizon health network clinic.”

Anyone 12 or older is eligible to receive a first dose and they can receive a second shot 28 days after their first.

People are asked to bring their medicare card, a signed consent form, and their record of vaccination if they’re receiving their second dose.

Atlantic COVID roundup

Nova Scotia reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and has nine active cases.

Newfoundland and Labrador is now reporting statistics only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. As of Monday, there were 32 active cases — 31 connected to the Princess Santa Joana, a Portuguese fishing vessel that anchored in Conception Bay earlier this month, one of whom is in hospital. A crew member from the the Santa Cristina, which left Bay Bulls last week, is also in hospital.

Prince Edward Island reported two new cases Monday involving non-Islanders who had landed at Charlottetown Airport, but they are not being counted in provincial totals. There are otherwise no active cases on P.E.I.

What to do if you have a symptom

People concerned they might have COVID-19 can take a self-assessment test online. 

Public Health says symptoms of the illness have included a fever above 38 C, a new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, a new onset of fatigue, and difficulty breathing. 

In children, symptoms have also included purple markings on the fingers and toes.

People with one of those symptoms should stay at home, call 811 or their doctor and follow instructions.

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