New Brunswick officials reported 23 cases of KOVID-19 in the state on Saturday, setting a new peak day in one day since the pandemic began.
The new cases include 16 in the St. John region (zone 2), six in the Moncton region (zone 1) and one in the Fredericton region (zone 3).
There are now 71 active cases in the province. One person is in hospital.
Dr Ennifer Rassell, the county’s chief medical officer, said the New Brunswickers were facing a situation that could quickly turn “serious” without immediate action.
“We need to renew the commitment to slow the spread of KOVID-19 and we need it now,” she said.
The outflow of new cases is the highest since October 20, when officials reported 20 new cases when the Campbellon region battled an epidemic.
Both the Moncton region and the St. John region returned to tighter restrictions below the orange recovery phase this week.
Nine new cases of the disease were announced on Friday, seven of which in the St. John region.
Public health has also declared an epidemic in Shanks Tucker Hall, a nursing home in St. John’s.
It is possible to return to the red level
Higgs warned yesterday if people do not reduce rallies and follow public health rules, they could see additional restrictions in the toughest red phase.
There are only “at least” 600 self-isolated people in New Brunswick, including about 300 in the St. John region, Russell said Friday.
She said the KOVID-19 event “spread” contributed to doubling the number of confirmed cases in the region within a day.
There are 424 confirmed cases in New Brunswick. There are six deaths.
St. John, Moncton under stricter restrictions
Bru Brunswickers are advised to avoid all non-essential travel in and out of the orange zones.
Police officers, peacekeepers and public health inspectors will be in zones 1 and 2 to follow the orange rules and issue fines as needed.
Residents of St. John and Moncton are now required to maintain bubbles for a single household. This can extend to caregivers or a close family member who lives alone and needs support.
Masks are mandatory in all public places indoors and outdoors in the orange zones.
Close contacts for personal services and entertainment venues can remain open according to operational plans.
Potential public exposure has been announced at restaurants, bars and a dinner theater in St. John’s.
Vito’s restaurant posted on Facebook that an employee at its location on Rotesi Avenue was positive for KOVID-19.
The site is closed until further notice and is subject to cleaning.
Gather in the orange phase
The province has also introduced new rules for rallies:
Residents must remain in the bubble of a household.
Informal gatherings indoors outside this single bubble in the household are not allowed.
Outdoor gatherings are allowed with a physical distance of 25 people or less.
Formal gatherings of up to 25 people, permitted weddings, funerals and services based on faith.
Religious places can hold services for up to 50 people, but masks are required.
Dining rooms in restaurants may remain open, but a household bubble must be maintained.
A full list of rules under the orange phase is on the government website.
What to do if you have a symptom
People who are worried that they may have symptoms of KOVID-19 can take an online self-assessment test.
Public Health says symptoms shown by people with KOVID-19 include:
Fever over 38 C.
New cough or worsening of chronic cough.
New onset of fatigue, muscle aches, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell.
In children, symptoms include purple markings on the fingers and toes.
People with one of these symptoms should: