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The COVID virus has claimed another victim in our province – a person in their sixties in the Edmundston area. Chief Medical Officer of Health – Dr Jennifer Russell – made the announcement prior to advising the Edmundston region will be moving to the Orange Level at midnight tonight. The death toll related to the virus now stands at 8 since the pandemic was declared in March.

The region is dealing with an outbreak at the Edmundston hospital that has impacted a number of health care workers and Russell is worried about there is a significant risk virus could spread from the hospital to the community:

NB Chief Medical Officer of Health – Dr Jennifer Russell – outlines reasons to move Edmundston region to the Orange Level during an outbreak at the Edmundston hospital.

The regional health authority is moving staff from other areas to assist with the situation at the Edmundston hospitall.

Russell says there is no indication of community transmission so far in the Edmundston outbreak – the investigation shows there are two clusters both related to travel.

There are six new cases of COVID confirmed in the province today – six in the Edmundston area – one person in their thirties – one in their forties – three in their fifties – and one in their sixties. The other two cases include a person in their thirties in the Fredericton Central area and one in their sixties in the Bathurst region. Both of those cases are travel related.

The number of active cases stands at 78 with four patients in hospital – three of them in intensive care units.