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Public Health is holding an additional COVID testing clinic in Miramichi today. Originally – two clinics were scheduled for Thursday and yesterday for asymptomatic people. Those clinics saw a long line up of people waiting in frigid temperatures to be tested with 776 people being tested during the first day while 833 were tested yesterday.

The mass clinics take on a new sense of urgency with a recent spike in confirmed cases in the Miramichi region. There are 10 active cases in the region which has consistently been in either single digits or no cases. And the latest confirmed case of the highly contagious U-K variant is also in the Miramichi region.

Today’s clinic is open between 11 and 7 at the Dr Losier Middle School – the mass clinic is on a first come – first served basis and is only for people without any sign of COVID. Those with any symptoms must call 8-1-1 or register online for an appointment for a test.

Meantime – even with travel now permitted within the province – Chief Medical Officer of Health – Dr Jennifer Russell – is advising people not to travel to or from the Miramichi zone until they have a better indication of the spread of the virus and its variants.