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Public Health reports 16 new cases of COVID confirmed in the province since yesterday. One of the 16 is a New Brunswicker who is isolating out of province.

There are 2 new cases in the Moncton region with one a contact of a previously confirmed case while the other is under investigation. Here in the Saint John region there is one new case which is travel related.

There are 10 new cases in the Fredericton region with six contacts of previously confirmed cases – one is travel related – and three are under investigation. Chief Medical Officer of Health – Dr Jennifer Russell – says the Fredericton situation is concerning because it involves the highly dangerous India variant. There are confirmed cases in three schools in the Capital City – and – an outbreak has been declared at the Chalmers Hospital – and Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation and Veterans Unit – cancelling all non-urgent procedures – specimen collections – and restricted visitation. Horizon C-E-O Karen McGrath says the outbreak and lockdown comes after an employee of the hospital “tested positive for a COVID-19 variant of concern today. McGrath says “The employee is self-isolating, but there has been a high-risk of exposure in recent days.”

There is one new case in the Edmundston region which is travel related and two cases in the Bathurst region – one is travel related and the other is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

Public Health says 12 people have recovered since yesterday and the number of active cases is now 127 including 20 in the Saint John region. Ten people are in hospital – six in New Brunswick with 2 in intensive care and 4 are in hospital outside of the province. COVID has claimed 41 New Brunswickers since the beginning of the pandemic in March of last year.