NB COVID-19 summary: province provides forecast during technical briefing

Province provides COVID-19 forecast during technical briefing.

It comes as hospitalizations and the number of cases continue to rise due to the highly transmissible variant of Omicron.

A record 86 people are hospitalized with the virus on Monday, including 13 in intensive care. Ten people are on ventilators.

Hundreds of healthcare workers are on sick leave or in isolation, and hospitals are on COVID red alert level, providing only emergency or emergency services.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. France Desrosiers, President and CEO of Vitalité Health Network, Dr. John Dornan, Interim President and CEO of Horizon Health Network, and Mathieu Chalifoux, epidemiologist in chief of the province, are participating in the briefing.

No politician is expected to participate.

The event is broadcast live here on the CBC New Brunswick website and in French on the government YouTube channel.

Premier Blaine Higgs told CBC on Monday evening Power and politics New Brunswick could review the issue of mandatory COVID-19 vaccines.

“I think this is something that will be the subject of more discussion in New Brunswick, and probably across the country,” he said.

Russell last Friday said the pandemic “now poses a serious threat to our healthcare system.”

There are 7,668 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, based on PCR (polymerase chain reaction) lab tests, including the 220 new cases reported on Monday.

But that’s not an accurate picture of the spread of the virus as PCR tests are now limited to groups considered to be most at risk of hospitalization from the virus, including people over 50.

If people between the ages of two and 49 have symptoms, they are asked to take a rapid test, which is now treated as confirmation. If he is positive, he is asked to record his results online.

An additional 443 positive rapid test results were submitted with a result date of January 9, Public Health said in a press release on Monday.

There were 220 cases reported on Monday, based on 1,720 PCR tests, giving a positivity rate of 12.8%. (CBC News)

“Due to the delay between when people submit their results and the spread that is currently occurring due to the Omicron variant, these numbers combined with the daily positive PCR results available on the COVID-19 dashboard are believed to be lower than the actual number of cases, “the release said.

The province will, however, begin releasing positive rapid test results on the COVID-19 dashboard by the end of the week, Department of Health spokesman Bruce Macfarlane said. Health zones and age groups of people who test positive will also be included.

A total of 639,488 PCR tests have been performed to date.

As of Monday, 26 percent of eligible New Brunswickers received a booster dose, up from 25.4 percent, 83.2 percent received two doses, up from 83.1 percent, and 90.8 percent received one. dose, unchanged

New Brunswick has recorded 20,699 PCR-confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 12,857 recoveries to date and 172 deaths.

Public health is looking for volunteers

Public Health is looking for volunteers in Fredericton and Saint John to “meet immediate needs over the next four months,” according to a notice released Monday by the University of New Brunswick to students and faculty.

Volunteers are needed, he says, to:

  • Administer vaccines and boosters
  • Assist in assessment and test centers
  • Help with administrative tasks and tasks, as needed

“We sincerely thank you for your immediate attention to this urgent cry for help. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe.”

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