COVID-19: The situation is “stable”, three months after the end of the restrictions in NB | COVID-19 in the Atlantic

Since March we’re pretty much in the same direction as the other provinces and it’s pretty stable. We thought that would happen said dr Jennifer Russell on Tuesday.

New Brunswick lifted its health restrictions on March 14.

dr New Brunswick Medical Officer of Health Jennifer Russell during a webcam interview, June 14, 2022.

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In its latest weekly update on Tuesday, the province reports that 23 new people have been hospitalized with COVID-19 over the past week. At the time the data was released, 27 people were hospitalized in the province (as some people remain hospitalized for long periods).

One person has died from COVID-19 in a week, bringing the death toll to 422 since the pandemic began.

The number of new infections has fallen significantly in New Brunswick in recent weeks. In the last update, 842 people tested positive for a screening test.

However, it should be noted that access to early detection tests is restricted in the federal state and that it is up to the individual to report a positive result in the case of rapid tests. For these reasons, the number of new infections is probably greatly underestimated.

Two simultaneous waves in autumn?

In recent years, fall and winter have been tough times marked by spikes in COVID-19 cases and new waves. We monitor the appearance of new variants said dr Russell.

In addition to COVID-19, New Brunswick also needs to prepare for a major flu outbreak, according to the Chief Medical Officer of Health. She fears the province will be hit by simultaneous flu and COVID-19 waves in the fall.

Since April, the number of flu cases has risen dramatically across the country.

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This situation could be difficult to manage in hospitals.

The risks will be higher for the flu. All the measures we took for COVID also protected against the flu, but here we have less protection because the guidelines have changed, so the flu has a chance She explains.

The flu is already very present in N.-B.

In some parts of the world, including Australia, the number of flu cases Soared so fast and so high because we protected people from COVID but also from the flu.

In New Brunswick, flu cases are already particularly high for the time of year.

Also here in New Brunswick we are seeing an increase in flu cases in the last four weeks and this is not normal because flu season should be over by that time which worries me too.

The 2nd booster vaccination is not offered to the youngest

Vaccination rates have not increased significantly since health restrictions were lifted in mid-March.

Public health continues to emphasize that this is the best way to protect yourself from the serious effects of the virus. because six months after the second dose, the protection wears off.

A woman receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Photo: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

In New Brunswick, the second booster shot is only offered to people age 50 and older and people living in at-risk environments.

dr Jennifer Russell confirms that, following the recommendations of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, there are currently no plans to offer this fourth dose to the youngest.

Overall, 93.2% of the population received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, 88.1% a second dose and 52.6% at least one booster dose.

With information from Pascal Raiche-Nogue

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