N.B. reports 2 more COVID-19 deaths, 87 new cases

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New Brunswick reported two deaths and 87 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

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According to the province, one person 90 and over in Zone 3 (Fredericton area) and one person 70-79 in Zone 4 (Edmondston area) have died as a result of the virus.

With this, the total number of deaths related to Kovid-19 in the state has increased to 84.

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Of those with new cases, 52 — or 60 percent — are unvaccinated, nine — or 10 percent — partially vaccinated, and 26 — or 30 percent — fully vaccinated. The number of active cases is 1,064.

60 people are hospitalized due to the virus, along with 18 people in the intensive care unit. No person under the age of 19 is hospitalized.

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Of those hospitalized, 31 have not been vaccinated, six have been partially vaccinated and 23 are fully vaccinated. 16 out of 18 in an intensive care unit have not been vaccinated and two have been partially vaccinated.

Expansion of rapid-testing program

New Brunswick announced it surpassed one million rapid tests distributed as an expansion of the rapid testing program across the province.

On Saturday, the province said people who live in circuit breaker areas and do not have COVID-19 symptoms will be able to pick up free rapid-test kits that they can use at home. The kits will be available from 8 am to 5 pm at the following three locations:

  • Magic Mountain Parking Lot, 150 Magic Mountain Road, Moncton
  • Perth-Andover Middle School, 20 Nissan St., Perth-Andover
  • Town Hall (back parking lot), 131 Pleasant St., Grand Falls

Effective Monday, the kits will also be available to the public at large and can be found at places such as the Greater Moncton Health Center in Moncton and Edmundston Regional Hospital.

The rapid test screening program is aimed at people aged two and above who do not have symptoms and have not been identified as close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case.

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The province said a kit contains five tests to be used over a period of 10 days. People 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult to receive the test kit.

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