Public Health is reporting another COVID related death in the province. A person in their twenties in the Moncton region has become the youngest person to die as a result of the virus. Chief Medical Officer of Health – Dr Jennifer Russell – says the person had the U-K variant of the virus and the case was travel related. This brings the death toll to 36 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Meantime – there are 24 new cases of COVID confirmed in the province today. Twenty-one of those cases are in the Edmundston region all related to the outbreak in a Grand Falls long term care home. Two cases are in the Moncton region – one of them is a temporary foreign worker while the other case is under investigation. One other new case is in the Fredericton region which is also under investigation. There are 137 active cases in the province including 17 here in the Saint John region. Six people are in hospital with two of them in intensive care.

And the LOCKDOWN in the city of Edmundston and the Upper Madawaska region is being lifted at midnight tonight. Russell says the situation has improved significantly in the Edmundston region with the 7 day rolling average number of cases dropping from 10 to 2. The region will now be in the Orange Level of recovery until further notice.