Monday, January 24, 2022

NB COVID-19 roundup: O’Micron is lighter than Delta, but not lighter, officials warn CBC News

The province’s chief medical officer of health is warning New Brunswickers that even a mild case of COVID-19 is a serious illness.

Dr. Jennifer Russell outlined the specific symptoms at a briefing this week.

“When we’re talking about mild, we’re talking about the fact that you most likely won’t need to be hospitalized, but that doesn’t mean your symptoms are complete. Kind of gentle,” she said.

“Symptoms can range from fever, aches and pains, sore throat, and cough. But they can be more severe, including fatigue and chills, shortness of breath, nausea, and dehydration.”

The province’s chief epidemiologist, Matthew Chalifoux, said the Omicron version is lighter than the Delta version, but “it is by no means lighter.”

He said hospital admissions with Omicron are about 10 per 1,000 cases, compared with about 60 per 1,000 with Delta.

“While better, this is still enough to put our health system at risk due to the sheer volume of cases” as expected with Omicron because it is so highly transmissible.

Chalifoux told the briefing that New Brunswick could peak at 5,500 new COVID-19 cases per day and 220 active hospitalizations by the end of January.

COVID-19 forecast for the province in the coming weeks. (Govt of New Brunswick)

But this could be cut by about one-third if people reduce their contacts by either seeing fewer people, maintaining proper distance, or wearing masks that fit well inside.

If people contract COVID, Russell recommends that they rest and stay well hydrated.

She adds that over-the-counter medications like Tylenol and ibuprofen can help relieve pain and fever, while steam from a humidifier or shower can help ease a cough or sore throat.

If people are caring for someone else with COVID-19 at home, Russell recommended taking several steps to reduce the risk of transmission.

“I’ve heard success stories where someone had successfully isolated indoors, and it was really around living in a room and that person wouldn’t leave that room for whatever reason.

“So the most important thing is to do your best to isolate from the infected person.”

The infected person should:

  • Sleep in separate rooms and do not participate in family meals or activities.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Wear a mask when leaving the room.
  • Don’t share personal things like utensils, food, phones and TV remotes.

Russell said some people have been able to stop the spread indoors by bringing food into the person’s room, but not taking out any dishes.

He emphasized the importance of wearing a well-fitted mask when the caregiver is with the infected person.

“Medical masks, such as N95s, are best, but non-medical, three-layer masks can be used if they fit snugly and completely cover your mouth and nose without gaps ,” He said.

If there is no separate bathroom available for the infected person, Russell recommends opening windows, closing toilet lids before flushing, and regularly cleaning high-contact surfaces such as door handles and faucets.

Most people, especially those who have been fully vaccinated and have a booster shot five months after their second dose, should be able to recover at home, Russell said.

If people need medical care, she encourages them to first call their primary care provider or tele-care 811 for assistance.

He added that those who receive a positive PCR (polymerase chain reaction) lab test will receive a health screening call to ensure access to community health services.

“This is why our more vulnerable populations 50 and older are directed to receive PCR testing when symptomatic, along with other priority groups, such as health care workers or those in long-term care facilities, homeless shelters, correctional live and work in facilities; people who are immunized; pregnant; people who are identified as a priority by public health; and people who live in First Nations communities, and are under the age of two Children of K are also eligible to get PCR test.”

when to call 911

Russell said people should call 911 if they have difficulty breathing, chest pain or pressure, new onset of mental confusion, or wakefulness.

If an ambulance is needed, people should tell the dispatcher that they have COVID-19, so that paramedics can be prepared, she said.

If someone else drives them, both the patient and the driver should wear a mask and sit as far away as possible.

They should not take bus or taxi.

“These are very stressful times for all of us, and it is not uncommon to feel sadness, sadness, and hopelessness about what is happening around us, especially if you are taking care of others. You need to take care of your physical and mental health. need to be taken care of,” advised Russell.

People should eat healthy food, get enough sleep, take regular breaks, exercise regularly in fresh air whenever possible, get news from reliable sources and be honest about the use of social media .

“Above all, stay connected with friends and family,” Russell said. “Call a friend or a loved one. Tell them they are needed in your life and they can depend on you as well.

“Now, more than ever, we still need each other as we weather this storm.”

Record-high hospitalizations

New Brunswick hit a pandemic record high of 88 people hospitalized because of COVID-19 Tuesday, including 14 people in intensive care, 11 of whom were on ventilators.

Public Health also announced another COVID-related death – one person 90 or more in the Moncton area, Zone 1. This raises the death toll from the pandemic to 173.

There are 7,347 active cases of COVID-19 across the province, based on PCR (polymerase chain reaction) lab tests, including 191 new cases reported on Tuesday.

But this is not an accurate picture of the spread of the virus as PCR tests are now limited to groups considered to be at highest risk of hospitalization due to the virus, which include those over 50.

Public Health said in a news release that an additional 842 people aged two to 49 tested positive on the rapid tests and recorded their results online.

The self-reported results, which are now being made public on the COVID-19 dashboard, “will only give us an idea of ​​the actual number of positive cases,” Dr Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, said in a statement. ,

A total of 642,145 PCR tests have been done so far.

As of Tuesday, 26.5 percent of eligible New Brunswickers have received a booster dose, 26 percent to 83.2 percent have received two doses, unchanged, and 90.8 percent have received a single dose, also unchanged.

New Brunswick has 20,890 PCR-confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 13,368 recoveries so far.

Capitol Theater postponed Sound of Music by 2023

Capitol Theater in Moncton and Tutta Music have announced the postponement of Sound of Music, citing the “uncertainty” of the pandemic.

The professional musical theater production, scheduled to begin on 26 February and run through 6 March, will now be held in 2023 during the same period.

It was a difficult decision, said Kim Reworth, managing director of Capital Theatre, in a statement.

But “rehearsals were due to start last week and with a cast and orchestra of over 60 people, many of whom are children, and given the highly infectious nature of this version, we were losing confidence that we were able to achieve this.” There will be a period of rehearsals and demonstrations without positive cases,” he said.

The original ticket will be respected. According to a news release, if the ticket holders are able to participate in the new date, no further action is required.

Those wishing to receive a full refund must contact Capital Theater Box Office before February 18. After this date, they will receive a credit, the release said.

Well-known director Marshall Button, the postponement of the show will most likely mean that some roles will have to be recast.

“We will communicate with our professional cast agents in the coming weeks and months to confirm their availability for 2023,” he said in a statement.

“We will also discuss with our local cast members and hopefully there will be some changes in the casting from now till show time.”

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