New Brunswick is reporting 23 new cases of COVID-19 – the most new cases in one day – bringing the number of active cases to 71.
On Saturday, the province announced the new cases, which include 16 cases in Zone 2, six cases in Zone 1 and one case in Zone 3.
“We are facing a serious situation with new transmission of the virus in New Brunswick. I know this is a direct relationship between what’s happening in our province and what’s happening across the country in other jurisdictions in terms of the record number of increase in cases across Canada, in the U.S.; globally in the U.K., in Europe,” said chief medical officer of health, Dr. Jennifer Russell.
“Our situation can quickly turn very serious if we do not take immediate actions to slow the spread of this disease.”
Zone 1 and Zone 2, areas that spans from Southfield to Campobello Island, are now in the orange phase of recovery.
“To bring them back into the yellow phase and keep the rest of the province at that level we need a renewed commitment to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and we need it now,” said Russell. “Everyone needs to reduce their close contacts to the lowest number possible.”
Russell noted the unobservable nature of the virus.
“I can assure you that the people who are transmitting COVID-19 are not aware they are transmitting COVID. I can assure you that the people who are being infected with COVID-19 are not aware that they’re being infected with COVID-19,” said Russell. “It is a very subtle and very discouraging type of virus and transmission because it is silent. We don’t know it’s happening, but it is happening.”
Police officers and peace officers, as well as public health inspectors with the Department of Justice and Public Safety and inspectors with WorkSafe New Brunswick, are in Zones 1 and 2 to make sure the rules are being followed.
People who refuse to comply with provisions of the mandatory order will face penalties.
A NOTE ON MASKS
Russell noted mask wearing might provide residents with a false sense of security.
“Once that [transmission] happens it is very hard to get under control without the cooperation of every single citizen doing their part,” said Russell. “Everyone needs to wear a mask when in public. Even if you are two feet apart you still have to wear your mask at all times; and don’t think that you have an elevated level of safety by being closer than two feet apart while you’re wearing a mask and not being susceptible to COVID-19 – that’s not true. Just because you have a mask on does not mean you can get closer to people.”
This is a developing story. More to come…