The province is providing the COVID-19 forecast at the technical briefing.
This comes in the wake of hospitalizations and the number of cases continuing to rise due to the highly permeable Omicron variant.
There is a record-high hospitalization of 86 people due to the virus as of Monday, including 13 in intensive care. Ten people are on ventilators.
Hundreds of health care workers are sick or isolated, and hospitals are on red COVID alert level, providing only emergency or urgent services.
Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. France Desrosiers, President and CEO of Vitalite Health Network, Dr. John Dornan, Interim President and CEO of Horizon Health Network, and Matthew Chalifoux, the province’s chief epidemiologist. Participating in the briefing.
No politicians are scheduled to participate.
The program is being broadcast live on the CBC New Brunswick website and in French on the government’s YouTube channel.
Monday Night Premiere Blaine Higgs Tells CBC power and politics New Brunswick may revisit the issue of mandatory COVID-19 vaccines.
“I think this is something that will be discussed further in New Brunswick and probably across the country,” he said.
Last Friday, Russell said the pandemic “now poses a serious threat to our health care system.”
There are 7,668 active cases of COVID-19 across the province, based on PCR (polymerase chain reaction) lab tests, including 220 new cases reported on Monday.
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, including those over 50.
If people between the ages of two and 49 have symptoms, they are asked to undergo rapid tests, which are now being treated as confirmed. If they test positive, they are asked to register their result online.
Public Health said in a news release on Monday that an additional 443 positive rapid test results were submitted, with a result date of January 9.
“Due to the delay between when people submit their results and the current spread due to the Omron variant, these numbers combined with the daily PCR positive results available on the COVID-19 dashboard are thought to be lower than the actual number of cases. ,” the release said.
Health Department spokesman Bruce MacFarlane said the province, however, would begin making positive rapid test results public on the COVID-19 dashboard by the end of the week. The health sector and age group of those who test positive will also be included.
A total of 639,488 PCR tests have been done so far.
As of Monday, 26 percent of eligible New Brunswickers have received a booster dose, up from 25.4 percent, 83.2 percent have received two doses, up from 83.1 percent, and 90.8 percent have received a single dose, unchanged.
New Brunswick has 20,699 PCR-confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 12,857 cured and 172 deaths so far.
Public health seeks volunteers
Public Health is looking for volunteers in Fredericton and St. John’s to “support urgent needs over the next four months,” according to an advisory issued Monday by the University of New Brunswick to students and teachers.
Volunteers are required, it says:
- Administer vaccines and boosters
- Assist with assessment and testing centers
- Assist with administrative duties and tasks as needed
“We sincerely thank you for your immediate attention to this urgent call for help. Thank you for playing your part in keeping our community safe.”