Interim measures in effect to help slow the spread of Omicron variant18 December 2021
FREDERICTON (GNB) – Interim measures, in addition to the current Level 1 measures, aimed at slowing the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 are now in effect across the province.
At this time, New Brunswickers must:
- Limit their household contacts to a maximum of a Steady 20.
- Dining in restaurants is still permitted but two metres must be maintained between tables and proof of vaccination is still required.
- Entertainment centres, including movie theatres, professional sporting venues, casinos, etc., will be operating at 50 per cent capacity with distancing of two metres.
More information on the new measures and the winter plan to manage COVID-19 is available online.
154 recoveries / 133 new cases
Today, 154 people have recovered from COVID-19 and there are 133 new cases of the virus.
There are 13 people in intensive care and another 27 are in hospital for a total of 40 people hospitalized. Of those in hospital, 25 are over the age of 60 and seven people are on a ventilator. There is no one under 19 hospitalized.
Six of the 40 people hospitalized were initially admitted for other reasons and contracted COVID-19 due to outbreaks at hospitals in Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton and Miramichi. Most of these people are exhibiting mild to moderate symptoms.
Public Health has confirmed a person 60-69 and a person 80-89 in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) have died as a result of COVID-19.
To date, 30 cases have been confirmed to be the Omicron variant.
The rate of people hospitalized and in ICU, as well as new cases, continues to most greatly impact people who are unvaccinated. Information about the rates of cases and hospitalizations based on vaccination status is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.
Of the new cases today, 18 are in Zone 1 (Moncton region), 60 are in Zone 2 (Saint John region), 24 are in Zone 3 (Fredericton region), six are in Zone 4 (Edmundston region), three are in Zone 5 (Campbellton region), seven are in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) and 15 are in Zone 7 (Miramichi region).
Age and origin of new cases, as well as additional information, is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.
Public Health reported today that 82.6 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, 89.3 per cent have received their first dose, and 12.8 have received a booster dose.
Additional booster clinics are available through regional health authority community COVID-19 vaccination clinics and at participating pharmacies.
Those who are eligible for pediatric vaccinations or booster doses, and those who have yet to have their first or second dose, can schedule an appointment at a regional health authority clinic through the online booking system or at a participating pharmacy.
All of New Brunswick is currently in the Level 1 phase of the winter plan to manage COVID-19.
More information on the plan, including the interim measures, is available online.
Any household in New Brunswick with a positive case of COVID-19 must isolate for 14 days, regardless of vaccination status. Individuals advised by Public Health or a physician, including confirmed cases of COVID-19, must isolate. More information about isolation is available online.
Rapid-test kits continue to be available across the province. More information on the rapid-test kits program and pickup locations is available online.
Information and resources to help New Brunswickers live with COVID-19 is available on the COVID-19 guidance and resources webpage.
Information about testing, including booking PCR tests and using rapid tests, is available at www.gnb.ca/GetTestedCOVID19.
Travellers, including New Brunswickers returning to the province, must register their travel with the travel registration program.
Holiday guidelines for individuals, retailers and event organizers on how to plan for a happy and safe holiday season are available online.18-12-21