N.B. COVID-19 roundup: State of emergency reinstated as 3 more deaths recorded

New Brunswick has reinstated the COVID-19 state of emergency and mandatory order, effective at 11:59 p.m. Friday, after recording three more deaths and 78 new cases.

The current rate of growth in COVID cases and especially hospitalizations due to COVID presents a “serious and imminent risk” to the health and safety of all New Brunswickers and to the continuity and function of health services, said Premier Blaine Higgs.

It “constitutes a public health and heath-care emergency,” he said.

“The situation is serious and we need people to take it seriously.”

The move comes after the province decided to move to the green phase of recovery and lift all restrictions on July 30, before reaching its original target to have 75 per cent of New Bruswickers aged 12 and older fully vaccinated.

On Friday, Dr. Gordon Dow, an infectious disease specialist with the Horizon Health Network, told a technical briefing that was a mistake.

“Absolutely, all of us in this room right now, with the evidence of this rapid increase of delta virus in the province, would all agree that was not the right decision to make,” he said.

The renewed order means people must limit their contacts to their household plus 20 consistent contacts, or “steady 20.” Indoor private gatherings will also be limited to 20 consistent contacts.

There will be no limits on outdoor gatherings, as long as physical distancing is maintained.

Businesses and events where people gather or exercise, must ensure all employees are fully vaccinated or are continuously masked and tested regularly. These include museums, movie theatres and live entertainment venues, bingo halls, casinos, amusement centres, arenas, game rooms, pools halls, gyms, yoga studios, weddings and funerals.

Physical distancing is required at businesses, services or events where proof of vaccination is not required, such as grocery and retail stores, private businesses and libraries.

Premier Blaine Higgs announces a state of emergency over COVID-19 and says an emergency order will return at midnight Friday. 2:32

The mandatory order will be reviewed every two weeks, said Higgs.

Once the number of hospitalizations falls to 10 or fewer, the mandatory order will be lifted, and New Brunswick will return to public health measures. The order will be reinstated whenever 25 or more people are hospitalized, he said.

Thirty-one people are now in hospital, including 15 in intensive care, Higgs told the news conference.

Two people in the Moncton region, Zone 1, in their 70s and 80s, have died as a result of COVID, along with a person over 90 in the Edmundston region, Zone 4. This brings the death toll since the beginning of the pandemic to 52.

There are now 573 active cases of COVID in the province.

The trigger for the mandatory order will be COVID hospitalizations. It will be lifted when they fall to 10 and reinstated when they reach 25. (Government of New Brunswick )

At the current pace, the province could see an average of 72 new infections each day by next week, said Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell.

“It is clear that our current situation is very serious,” she told the COVID briefing.

Health Minister Dorothy Shephard described it as “concerning … upsetting and … frightening.”

“The pace of the fourth wave is beyond what we had anticipated,” said Russell.

New Brunswick is at a “tipping point,” she said, urging everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated to curb the spread and ease the strain on the health-care system.

40 hospitalizations projected within 2 weeks

Mathieu Chalifoux, lead COVID-19 epidemiologist with Public Health, said it will take time for new provincial measures, such as masking in indoor public spaces, to have an impact.

“Under our current growth … we do expect hospitalizations will continue rising for some time,” he said during the technical briefing.

Between 35 and 40 more people are expected to be hospitalized “at any one time” over the next two weeks, he said.

New Brunswick has recorded 866 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the month, nearly a quarter of the total cases the province has had since the beginning of the pandemic, Chalifoux said.

Each recorded case is generating 1.5 cases, he told the briefing.

Two people have also died and 38 people have been hospitalized this month.

Although the province has seen this level of growth before, never in such a sustained manner throughout the entire province.

That’s because the highly transmissible delta variant is now the dominant strain, he said.

More than 85 per cent of cases between Sept. 1 and 19 have been delta-related, he said.

Dr. Gordon Dow, infectious disease specialist, participated in the COVID-19 technical briefing. (Government of New Brunswick)

Delta is twice as infectious as the original strain and spreads exponentially, said Dow.

In an unvaccinated population, one person with the original strain would infect 27 people within a month, he said. Someone with the delta variant would infect 216 others within the same period.

The respiratory secretions are “a thousand times higher,” and it sticks to cells much more easily, Dow said.

It also has a shorter incubation period. It takes only four days for someone with the delta variant to develop symptoms, compared to six days with the original strain.

That means there’s less time to contact trace and isolate people, which leads to more rapid spread, he said.

The other “bad news” is that one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is not effective against the delta variant, and it appears more likely to lead to hospitalization and death, especially if people are unvaccinated, said Dow.

The “good news,” is that two doses work “incredibly well.” It is 90 per cent protective against hospitalization and death, he said.

Breakdown of the new cases

Here is a breakdown of the 78 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed Friday:

Moncton region, Zone 1, eight cases:

  • Two people 20-29
  • Three people 30-39
  • Two people 40-49
  • A person 70-79

Three of these cases are under investigation, three are contacts of previously confirmed cases and two are travel-related cases.

Saint John region, Zone 2, six cases

  • A person 19 or under
  • A person 20-29
  • A person 40-49
  • A person 50-59
  • Two people 70-79

Three of these cases are under investigation and three are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

Fredericton region, Zone 3, 28 cases:

  • Seven people 19 and under
  • Five people 20-29
  • Three people 30-39
  • Four people 40-49
  • Four people 50-59
  • Two people 60-69
  • Three people 70-79

Sixteen of these cases are under investigation and 12 are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

New Brunswick recorded eight new cases of COVID-19 in Zone 1 Friday, six in Zone 2, 28 in Zone 3, 22 in Zone 4, 13 in Zone 5 and one in Zone 7. (CBC)

Edmundston region, Zone 4, 22 cases:

  • 11 people 19 or under
  • Two people 20-29
  • Two people 30-39
  • Four people 40-49
  • Two people 50-59
  • A person 60-69

Thirteen of these cases are under investigation and nine are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

Campbellton region, Zone 5, 13 cases:

  • Four people 19 or under
  • A person 20-29
  • Two people 30-39
  • Three people 40-49
  • Two people 50-59
  • A person 70-79

Eight of these cases are under investigation and five are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

Miramichi region, Zone 7, one case:

  • A person 70-79

This case is under investigation.

Health network chiefs call the unvaccinated to action

Heads of the province’s two health networks say the community and the health system is in dire need of people to get vaccinated so they don’t overtax an already burdened system.

Dr. John Dornan, interim president of Horizon Health Network, said the “experiment” of whether the vaccine works is over. And the result is: People with the vaccine are not getting as sick as the people without.

“Folks get that virus and they pass it to their sisters, their mother, their fathers, and their children,” he said.

He said the COVID-19 patients require more staffing than other diseases. A person with COVID-19 requires 24/7 monitoring in the ICU, taking resources from other parts of the hospital.

“You come in with a coronavirus and you require special attention and ICU care. Your mother has been waiting for surgery for seven months, has her surgery cancelled because we do not have room in our operating theatres,” he said, as an example.

He said the obstetric unit at the Upper River Valley Hospital has been temporarily closed to make room for ICU COVID-19 patients.

“So there’s real impact, and mothers that have now to travel to Fredericton to give birth to their babies,” he said.

He said people who choose not to get vaccinated need to minimize the harm they cause the community by wearing masks and staying away from other people.

Dr. France Desrosiers, president of Vitalité Health Network, said she’s concerned about staff fatigue and high capacity rates at the hospitals.

“The demand is going beyond capacities,” she said. “We’re already working in a system with great human resource challenges.

“We have to continuously relocate our people … We have closed beds in hospitals that are already overflowing.”

She said ambulances have been diverted from one emergency room to another and surgeries have ben cancelled to handle the extra demand of unvaccinated people sick with COVID-19.

She urged people to get vaccinated so the system doesn’t collapse.

No student-to-student transmission stats, yet but COVID hit 36 schools

The province still can’t say how many cases of COVID-19 have involved student-to-student transmission, but since classes started less than three weeks ago, there have been confirmed cases of COVID at 36 schools across six of the seven school districts.

“Multiple cases of COVID-19 have been reported at many, if not most, of these schools,” Department of Health spokesperson Bruce Macfarlane said in an emailed statement Thursday.

He did not provide the total number, or a breakdown by school.

“Among school cases that have been reviewed, the majority of transmission has occurred outside the school setting,” he said, without providing that data.

Last Friday, when Education Minister Dominic Cardy announced updated COVID guidelines for public schools, he told reporters the province had “concerning cases … in terms of the possibility of student-to-student transmission.”

The school year has been punctuated by school closures across the province from the start, due to positive cases of COVID-19 and the need to allow for contact-tracing, risk assessments and operational responses. (Jane Robertson/CBC)

“We certainly have a number of worrying cases in different parts of the province that suggest that is happening.”

Later that day, Macfarlane confirmed student-to-student transmission had occurred, but said he could not provide any numbers. He did not say whether the transmission had occurred at schools or not.

Four days earlier, Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province’s chief medical officer of health, told reporters the province had not yet seen any student-to-student transmission within the school setting.

“Our contact tracing shows that many of these infections occurred because children were in contact with a family member or household member that was not fully vaccinated,” she had said.

On Thursday, Macfarlane said the situation is rapidly evolving as the incidence of COVID-19 in New Brunswick continues to increase.

Despite multiple requests from CBC, the province is yet to provide the number of positive COVID-19 cases detected in people under 12 who can’t be vaccinated. The province only provides the number of positive cases in the category “19 and under.”

The first day of classes was Sept. 8. Since that day, officials have detected 252 cases in children under the age of 19. It’s not clear how many of the cases were directly related to school attendance.

‘Process takes time’

The department continues to gather information to identify the source of transmission for several cases. “This requires extensive collaboration from multiple partners across government to ensure information is accurate and up to date,” he said.

The process to confirm in-school transmission requires “multiple interviews with contact tracers and extensive research to rule out with certainty that transmission did not occur outside the school setting (such as during community events, youth groups or clubs, gatherings of friends and family, etc.),” said Macfarlane. “This process takes time.”

The number of schools hit by COVID has almost doubled in a week. Last Friday, the province reported that 20 schools across health zones 1, 3, 4 and 5 had seen about 80 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

By comparison, the 2020-21 school year saw about 100 cases across 50 schools, in every one of the seven health zones.

“We remain committed to being transparent and families continue to be notified whenever a case or cases are confirmed in schools,” said Macfarlane.

“We will also continue to share information and data with the public and media to the greatest extent possible, while meeting our commitments under [Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act] and [Personal Health Information Privacy and Access Act], but as previously mentioned that is a process that will take time.”

Record schools closed or having at-home learning

Friday brings a record number of schools closed or learning from home.

On Thursday evening, Anglophone West School District Superintendent​ David McTimoney, said there was a case detected at each one of the following schools: Townsview School, Keswick Valley Memorial School, John Caldwell School, Leo Hayes High School and Devon Middle School.

Students from each of those schools are learning from home Friday.

On Friday McTimoney said students of Andover Elementary School, Perth-Andover Middle School, and Southern Victoria High School will continue at-home learning until at least Oct. 4.

“Due to the number of Covid-19 cases at our Perth-Andover schools and our concern for learning to continue safely, we will extend distance learning for all students until next Friday,” he said in a letter to parents. “This decision has been made in consultation with Public Health and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.”

At anglophone South School District, Kennebecasis Valley High School and Hampton Middle School are closed.

At Francophone Sud School District, École Sainte-Thérèse in Dieppe and École Saint-Henri in Moncton are also closed due to COVID-19.

Shediac Cape School and Port Elgin Regional School are continuing at-home learning.

On Friday, 

Churches seek to reverse proof of vaccination exemption

A number of United churches in the Saint John area are asking the premier to remove them from the list of exemptions for proof of vaccination.

It became mandatory Wednesday for New Brunswickers aged 12 and older to show proof they are fully vaccinated to enter a number of public spaces, such as restaurants, indoor sporting events and movies theatres.

But churches were not on the list.

Premier Blaine Higgs says he didn’t want to see churches forced to turn people away because of their vaccination status.

Rev. Ian Manson, of Harmony United Church in Saint John, doesn’t agree with the exemption.

“That just struck us as not making very much sense,” he told CBC’s Shift.

“That’s flying in the face of what we were already doing, what we believe quite strongly was the prudent and the appropriate thing to do, and so we felt we needed to put out a statement to say that we supported the existing provincial guidelines and would like the premier to change his policy.”

Manson says the churches sent a letter to Higgs, but have not yet received a response

“We offered it in a constructive spirit,” he said. “We have a strong sense of social responsibility, the United Church always has, and we want to do everything we can to practise and live out good behaviours and encourage that appropriate public policies are also in place.”

People attending Manson’s church present their vaccination paperwork, and are checked off on a list for future reference, he said.

Latest public exposure notices

Public Health has identified a case of COVID-19 in a person who may have been infectious while on the following flights:

  • Sept, 16 – Air Canada Flight 8512 – from Montreal to Bathurst departed at 4:50 p.m.

Public Health has also identified new places where people may have been exposed to the coronavirus over the past two weeks.

Moncton region, Zone 1:

  • Sept. 19 between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. – Tandoori Zaika (196 Robinson St., Moncton)
  • Sept. 18 between 11:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. – St. James’ Gate (14 Church St., Moncton)
  • Sept. 18 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. – East Coast Amusements of New Brunswick (377 Killam Dr., Moncton)
  • Sept. 17 between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. – Superior Propane Centre (Rink D) (55 Russ Howard Dr., Moncton)
  • Sept. 17 between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. – Moxies Grill and Bar (10 Wyse St., Moncton)
  • Sept. 17 between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – Costco (140 Granite Dr., Moncton)
  • Sept. 16 between 8 p.m. and 4 p.m. – Moncton Hospital emergency department (135 Macbeath Ave., Moncton)
  • Sept. 13, 14, and 15 between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. – Moncton Hospital post-anesthetic care unit (135 Macbeath Ave., Moncton)

Saint John region, Zone 2:

  • Sept. 21 between noon and 3 p.m. – The S. O. Mehan Son Funeral Home (23 Main St., St. Stephen)
  • Sept. 18 between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – Atlantic Superstore (44 Lower Cove Rd., Sussex)
  • Sept. 17 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Taste and See (609 Main St., Sussex)
  • Sept. 15 between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – Wendy’s (158 Main St. W, Saint John)
  • Sept. 13 between 4:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. – Tim Hortons (131 King St., St. Stephen)
  • Sept. 12 between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Kennedy Inn Restaurant (218 Water St., Saint Andrews)
  • Sept. 11 between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Sea Breeze Restaurant and Patio (49 King St., Saint Andrews)

Fredericton region, Zone 3:

  • Sept. 17 between 9:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. – Jean Coutu (598 Union St., Fredericton)
  • Sept. 15, 16, and 17 – Scott’s Your Independent Grocer (24 Columbus St., Perth-Andover)
  • Sept. 16 between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. – Jean Coutu (598 Union St., Fredericton)
  • Sept. 16 between noon and 2 p.m. – GoodLife Fitness (435 Brookside Dr., Fredericton)
  • Sept. 15 between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – Montana’s (6 Trinity Ave., Fredericton)
  • Sept. 15 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. – GoodLife Fitness (435 Brookside Dr., Fredericton)
  • Sept. 15 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Walmart (125 Two Nations Crossing, Fredericton)
  • Sept. 15 between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. – All Aboard Ultramar (318 Main St., Bath)
  • Sept. 14 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. – GoodLife Fitness (435 Brookside Dr., Fredericton)
  • Sept. 13 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. – Gorey Auto Repair (9799 Route 105, Beechwood)
  • Sept. 12 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. – Ripples Pentecostal Church (548 Route 670, Ripples)
  • Sept. 12 between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – JP’s Restaurant (5295 Route 560, Riviere de Chute)

Edmundston region, Zone 4:

  • Sept. 20 between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Atlantic Superstore (240 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)
  • Sept. 18 between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Marché Bonichoix – J.M. C. Dugas (4 Saint Camille Rd., Kedgwick)
  • Sept. 18 between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Boston Pizza (164 Hébert Blvd., Edmundston)
  • Sept. 18 between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – Hart (180 Hébert Blvd., Edmundston)
  • Sept. 18 between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – Paradis des Bonbons (180 Hébert Blvd., Edmundston)
  • Sept. 17 between 8:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. – Shoppers Drug Mart (44 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 17 between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Pizza Delight (462 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)
  • Sept. 17 between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. – St. Sacrement Catholic Church (188 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 17 between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – Résidence Funéraire Valcourt (254 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 17 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Pizza Delight (115 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 17 between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – Co Opérative de St-Quentin Ltée (145 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Between Sept. 13 and 17 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. – Université de Moncton – Edmundston Campus (165 Hébert Blvd., Edmundston)
  • Sept. 16 between 12:35 p.m. and 1:05 p.m. – Esso (15 Notre Dame Rd., Kedgwick)
  • Sept. 15 between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Walmart (805 Victoria St., Edmundston)
  • Sept. 15 between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Co Opérative de St-Quentin Ltée (145 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 13, 14, and 15 between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Dépanneur McCormick (178 Monseigneur Martin E Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 14 between 3:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. – Esso (15 Notre Dame Rd., Kedgwick)
  • Sept. 14 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – Pizza Delight (115 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 14 between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Shoppers Drug Mart (44 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 11 between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Pizza Delight (115 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 8 between noon and 12:30 p.m. – Walmart (494 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)
  • Sept. 8 between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. – Atlantic Superstore (240 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)

Bathurst region, Zone 6:

  • Sept. 18 between 5:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. – House of Lee (315 Main St., Bathurst)
  • Sept. 16 between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. – Dollarama (930 St. Anne St., Bathurst)
  • Sept. 16 between 7:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. – Kent Building Supplies (950 St. Anne St., Bathurst)
  • Sept. 16 between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. – Dollarama (930 St. Anne St., Bathurst)
  • Sept. 16 between 7:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. – Canadian Tire (520 St. Peter Ave., Bathurst)

Public Health recommends that people who have been at a possible public exposure site and are not fully vaccinated get a COVID test, even if they don’t have symptoms. They can book an appointment online or call Tele-Care 811.

If they do have symptoms, they must isolate while they await their results.

For people who are fully vaccinated, Public Health recommends they monitor for symptoms for 14 days after the possible exposure and get a COVID test if symptoms develop.

Anyone who frequented the locations at the specified dates and times should also avoid visiting settings with vulnerable populations such as nursing homes, correctional facilities and shelters for the next 14 days.

Atlantic COVID roundup

Nova Scotia reported 41 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and another death — a woman in her 80s. The province now has 147 active cases.

Newfoundland and Labrador reported 23 new cases Wednesday and announced all towns and communities along Routes 410 to 419 on the Baie Verte Peninsula would move to alert level 3 at midnight after community spread was confirmed in an outbreak in the area totalling 42 cases. The province now has 77 active cases.

Prince Edward Island reported three new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and has 47 active cases.

Previous exposure notices

Public Health has identified a case of COVID-19 in a person who may have been infectious while on the following flights:

  • Sept.14 – Air Canada Flight 8502 – from Montreal to Fredericton departed at 1:25 p.m.
  • Sept. 8 – Air Canada Flight 8790 – from Montreal to Saint John departed at 7:53 p.m.

Public Health has also identified other places in the province where people may have been exposed to the virus over the past two weeks.

Moncton region, Zone 1

  • Sept. 16 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. – Moncton Hospital emergency department (135 Macbeath Ave., Moncton) 
  • Sept. 19 between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. – Tandoori Zaika (196 Robinson St., Moncton)
  • Sept. 18 between 11:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. – St. James’ Gate (14 Church St., Moncton)
  • Sept. 18 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. – East Coast Amusements of New Brunswick (377 Killam Dr., Moncton)
  • Sept. 17 between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. – Moxies Grill and Bar (10 Wyse St., Moncton)
  • Sept. 13, 14, and 15 between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. – Moncton Hospital post-anesthetic care unit (135 Macbeath Ave., Moncton)
  • Sept. 13 between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.– Miss Cue (459 Mountain Rd., Moncton)
  • Sept. 12 between noon and 2 p.m. – Centennial Park playground (811 St. George Blvd., Moncton)
  • Sept. 11 between 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. –  A C Convenience Store laundromat (369 McLaughlin Rd., Moncton)
  • Sept. 11 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Tide and Boar Brewing (1335 Main St., Moncton)
  • Sept. 10 between 9 p.m. and midnight – Daquiri Smokehouse (3 Acadie Rd., Bouctouche)
  • Sept. 10 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Pirate de la Mer (10 Industrielle Rd., Bouctouche)
  • Sept. 10 between 1:30 p.m. and midnight – P’tit Pub du Tchè (40 Irving Blvd., Bouctouche)
  • Sept. 10 between 10:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. – Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre Emergency Room (330 Université Ave, Moncton)
  • Sept. 10 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. – McDonald’s (420 Paul St., Dieppe)
  • Sept. 9 and 10 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. – Supercuts (45 Plaza Blvd., Moncton)
  • Sept. 9 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. – Swiss Chalet (80 Champlain St., Dieppe)
  • Sept. 8 between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. – Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre Emergency Room (330 Université Ave, Moncton)
  • Sept. 8 between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Moncton Golf Country Club clubhouse (212 Coverdale Rd., Riverview)
  • Sept. 8 between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Supercuts (45 Plaza Blvd., Moncton)
  • Sept. 8 between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. – Golf Town (52 Wyse St., Moncton)
  • Sept. 8 between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre outpatient clinic (330 Université Ave, Moncton)
  • Sept. 8 and Sept. 7 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. – MacDonald Buick GMC Cadillac (111 Baig Blvd. Moncton)
  • Sept. 7 between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. – TH Sports Group, Sports Complex (184 Barker St., Moncton)

Saint John region, Zone 2:

  • Sept. 17 between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – Gahan House Restaurant (87 Prince William St., Saint John)
  • Sept. 17 between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Royal King – Taste of India (165 Union St., Saint John)
  • Sept. 12 between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Kennedy Inn Restaurant (218 Water St., Saint Andrews)
  • Sept. 12 between 9:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. and between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. – Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church (488 Main St., Sussex)
  • Sept. 11 between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Sea Breeze Restaurant and Patio (49 King St., Saint Andrews)
  • Sept. 11 between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. – Canadian Tire (138 Main St., Sussex)
  • Sept. 9 between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – Dollarama (286 Main St., Sussex)
  • Sept. 8 between 11 a.m. and noon – Starbucks (15 Depot Ct., Saint John)
  • Sept. 8 between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – Starbucks (641 Harding St., Saint John)
  • Sept. 8 between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Starbucks (30 Lacey St., Rothesay)
  • Sept. 8 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. – Dollarama (101 McAllister Dr., Saint John)
  • Sept. 7 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Walmart (450 Westmorland Rd., Saint John)
  • Sept. 7 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Superstore (168 Rothesay Ave., Rothesay)

Fredericton region, Zone 3:

  • Sept. 15, 16, and 17– Scott’s Your Independent Grocer (24 Columbus St., Perth-Andover)
  • Sept. 15 between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. – All Aboard Ultramar (318 Main St., Bath)
  • Sept. 14 and 15 between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Carl’s Dairy Bar (1301 W. Riverside Dr., Perth-Andover)
  • Sept. 13, 14, and 15 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Full Body Fitness (800 St. Marys St., Fredericton)
  • Sept. 13 between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. – Scott’s Your Independent Grocer (24 Columbus St., Perth-Andover)
  • Sept. 13 between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Tim Hortons (22 F. Tribe Rd., Perth-Andover)
  • Sept. 13 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. – Gorey Auto Repair (9799 Route 105, Beechwood)
  • Sept. 12 between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – JP’s Restaurant (5295 Route 560, Riviere de Chute)
  • Sept.12 between 10 a.m. and noon and between 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Calvary Tabernacle (12 Legion St., Perth-Andover)
  • Sept. 13 between noon and 6 p.m. – Scott’s Your Independent Grocer (24 Columbus St., Perth-Andover)
  • Sept. 12 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. – Scott’s Your Independent Grocer (24 Columbus St., Perth-Andover)
  • Sept. 10 between 8:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. – Acorn Restaurant (10 Route 635, Lake George)
  • Sept. 9 between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. – Jimmy Flynn concert Capital Exhibit Centre (361 Smythe St., Fredericton)
  • Sept. 8 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – Turning Point Pentecostal Church (2031 Route 3, Harvey)
  • Sept. 8 between noon and 5 p.m. – Kings Landing (5804 Route 102, Prince William)
  • Sept. 7 between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. – Northeast Christian College – Opening Service (128 River St., Fredericton)
  • Sept. 7 between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – Northeast Christian College – Dinner (128 River St., Fredericton)

Edmundston Region, Zone 4:

  • Sept. 20 between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. – Marché Bonichoix D. Poitras (746 Main St., Saint Leonard)
  • Sept. 19 between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Atlantic Superstore (240 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)
  • Sept. 13 to 19 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. – O’Régal Restaurant (8014 Route 17, Kedgwick North)
  • Sept. 18 between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Boston Pizza (164 Hébert Blvd., Edmundston)
  • Sept. 18 between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – Hart (180 Hébert Blvd., Edmundston)
  • Sept. 18 between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – Paradis des Bonbons (180 Hébert Blvd., Edmundston)
  • Sept. 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. – Atlantic Superstore (240 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)
  • Sept. 17 between 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. – Jean-Daigle Centre (85 15-Aout Rd., Edmundston)
  • Sept. 17 between 8:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. – Shoppers Drug Mart (44 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 17 between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Pizza Delight (462 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)
  • Sept. 17 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Pizza Delight (115 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 17 between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. – St. Sacrement Catholic Church (188 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 17 between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – Co Opérative de St-Quentin Ltée (145 Canada Rd., Saint Quentin)
  • Sept. 17 between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Plaso Dent (391 Front Rd., Grand Falls)
  • Between Sept. 9 and 17 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. – OK Tire (5 Mgr Martin Ouest Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept.16 between 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Auberge Évasion de Rêves (11 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 16 between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – Walmart (805 Victoria St., Edmundston)
  • Sept. 16 between 12:35 p.m. and 1:05 p.m. – Esso (15 Notre Dame Rd., Kedgwick)
  • Sept. 13, 14, and 15 between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Dépanneur McCormick (178 Monseigneur Martin E Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 15 between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Co Opérative de St-Quentin Ltée (145 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 15 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – DocBraces (630 Everard H. Daigle Blvd., Grand Falls)
  • Sep. 14 and 15 between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Big John Gym (11 St-Jean Baptiste Rd., Kedgwick)
  • Sept. 14 between 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Resto Pub Sportif (132 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 14 between 3:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. – Esso (15 Notre Dame Rd., Kedgwick)
  • Sept. 14 between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Shoppers Drug Mart (44 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 14 between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Pizza Delight (115 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 14 between 12:45 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. – Shoppers Drug Mart (344 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 14 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – Pizza Delight (115 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 11 between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Pizza Delight (115 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin)
  • Sept. 11 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Atlantic Superstore (240 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)
  • Sept. 11 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Grand Falls Farmers’ Market (68 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)
  • Sept. 11 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sept. 10 between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. – Atlantic Superstore (240 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)
  • Sept. 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, and 10 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. – Merritt Press (208 Main St., Grand Falls)
  • Sept. 9 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Atlantic Superstore (240 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)
  • Sept. 8 and 9 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – CCNB – Edmundston campus (35, rue du 15 août, Edmundston)
  • Sept. 8 and 9 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – UMCE Université de Moncton, Edmundston campus  (165 Hébert Blvd., Edmundston)
  • Sept. 8 between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Le Grand-Saut (155 Broadway Bd., Grand Falls)
  • Sept. 8 between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – Jean Coutu (276 Broadway Blvd., Grand Falls)
  • Sept. 8 between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. –  AA Ouellette Entreprise Ltd (1423 Tobique Rd., Drummond)
  • Sept. 7 between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Walmart (494 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls)

Campbellton region, Zone 5:

  • Sept. 17 between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Canadian Tire (384 Val-d’Amour Rd., Atholville)
  • Sept. 17 between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Salon du Centre (157 Water St., Campbellton)
  • Sept. 17 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. – CCNB-Campbellton Campus (47 Village Ave., Campbellton)
  • Sept. 16 between 8:30 a.m. and noon – CCNB-Campbellton Campus (47 Village Ave., Campbellton)
  • Sept. 14 and 15 – Nailz by Tania (162 Water St., Campbellton)
  • Sept. 12 and Sept. 11 between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. – Tim Hortons (75 Roseberry St., Campbellton)
  • Sept. 10 between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.  – Tap’s Bar (42 Water St., Campbellton)
  • Sept. 8 and 9 between 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.  – Gym Fitness (384 Dover St., Campbellton)
  • Sept. 8 and 9 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  – CCNB – Campbellton (47 Village Ave., Campbellton)
  • Sept. 7 between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.  – Atlantic Superstore (25 Savoie Ave., Atholville)
  • Sept. 7 between 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – Restigouche Walk-In Clinic (68 Water St., Campbellton)
  • Sept. 7 between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.  – Salon de Coiffure Cheveux Modern Hair (59 Water St., Campbellton)

Bathurst region, Zone 6:

  • Sept. 18 between 5:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. – House of Lee (315 Main St., Bathurst)
  • Sept. 18 between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Alcool NB Liquor (1125 St. Peter Ave., Bathurst)
  • Sept. 18 between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Sobeys (1125 St. Peter Ave., Bathurst)
  • Sept. 17 between 6 p.m. and 18 p.m. – Joey’s Pub (2050 St. Peter Ave., Bathurst)
  • Sept. 17 between 10:30 a.m. and noon – Atlantic Host (1450 Vanier Blvd., Bathurst)
  • Sept. 16 between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. – Dollarama (520 St. Peter Ave., Bathurst)
  • Sept. 16 between 7:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. – Canadian Tire (520 St. Peter Ave., Bathurst)
  • Sept. 16 between 7:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. – Kent Building Supplies (950 St. Anne St., Bathurst)
  • Sept. 14 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. – CCNB-Bathurst Campus (75 Youghall Dr., Bathurst)
  • Sept. 13 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. – CCNB-Bathurst Campus (75 Youghall Dr., Bathurst)
  • Sept. 12 and 13 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. – Canadian Tire (520 St. Peter Ave., Bathurst)
  • Sept. 12 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – Cast Crew (588 St. Anne St., Bathurst)
  • Sept. 10 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.. – Pur Simple (930 St. Anne St., Bathurst)
  • Sept. 8 between 8 a.m. and noon – CCNB – Bathurst Campus, Main Building (725 Collège Rd., Bathurst) 

Miramichi region, Zone 7:

  • Sept. 11 between noon and 1 p.m. – Fundy Line Restaurant (869 King George Highway, Miramichi)
  • Sept. 10 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. – River Signs (2311 King George Highway, Miramichi)
  • Sept. 8 and 9 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. – River Signs (2311 King George Highway, Miramichi)
  • Sept. 9 between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – Jungle Jim’s Restaurant (2441 King George Highway, Miramichi)
  • Sept. 8 between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Cali.Co. Café (1 Allan St., Miramichi)

The full list of possible exposures is updated regularly and is available on the government’s website.

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.