New Brunswick reports 60 new COVID-19 cases, 551 active infections

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick is reporting 60 new cases of COVID-19 today.

With 89 recoveries also reported, the number of total active infections in the province now stands at 551.

Health officials say 22 people are currently in hospital with the virus, including 11 patients who are in intensive care.

Provincial data indicates 86.5 per cent of residents 12 years of age and older are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with 93.1 per cent having received their first dose of a vaccine.

Meanwhile, health care personnel including those working in long-term care facilities, along with residents of First Nations communities, can now book an appointment for an mRNA COVID-19 booster shot if six months have passed since their second dose of a vaccine.

People 65 and older and school personnel are also eligible for the booster if six months have passed since their second dose, as are people who are fully vaccinated with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine who have seen 28 days pass since their second shot.

On Friday a 14-day circuit breaker was put in place for all of the Miramichi region with the exception of Black River Bridge and communities to the east, Murray Settlement and areas south, and New Jersey and communities north.

Officials also declared an outbreak at three First Nations communities in the Miramichi area.

There were two confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Metepenagiag First Nation, four at Natoaganeg First Nation and eight at Esgenoôpetitj First Nation.

Public Health said members of the Provincial Rapid Outbreak Management Team were deployed to assist those communities with testing.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 13, 2021.

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