The authorities in New Brunswick on Monday confirmed that three positive cases of the Omicron variant have been identified in the province.
Three confirmed cases of the Omicron variant have been identified in the province, including two in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) and one in Zone 1 (Moncton region), the New Brunswick government said in a statement.
The Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre’s microbiology laboratory in Moncton identified the three samples as positive for the COVID-19 Omicron variant. Another four cases have been identified as presumptive Omicron. All are connected to the current outbreak in Antigonish, N.S.
“The Omicron variant is suggested to be 30 per cent more transmissible than the Delta variant and it is likelier to bypass any natural immunity an individual might have from previous infections,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “This is very concerning. I encourage everyone to get their vaccinations as they become eligible and adhere to Public Health measures. Doing so will help protect yourself and your community while reducing the spread of the virus.”
Meanwhile, the Public Health reported today that 69 people have recovered from COVID-19 and there are 100 new cases of the virus, with the active number of cases at 1,048.
There are 14 people in intensive care and another 27 are in hospital for a total of 41 people hospitalized. Of those in hospital, 23 are over the age of 60 and five people are on a ventilator. There is one person under 19 hospitalized.
The New Brunswick Public Public Health also confirmed that a person 60-69 in Zone 1 (Moncton region) and a person 70-79 in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) have died as a result of COVID-19.