New Brunswick has no new cases of coronavirus, majority of businesses complying to orders

As of Monday, no new presumptive cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in the province. There are still 17 cases in New Brunswick: eight confirmed and nine presumptive.

At the province’s daily press briefing, Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, said she expects to see a growing number of cases.

She reminded New Brunswickers to practise proper social distancing and to stay home to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

“Staying at home will save lives,” said Russell.

Premier Blaine Higgs, who was also at the press briefing, said the province has checked in on about 700 businesses to ensure they are complying with the state of emergency declaration, and it was found that 94 per cent are in compliance.

Higgs says the goal is 100 per cent.

To limit the spread of COVID-19, the province has restricted all non-essential travel between Canada and the United States until further notice.

People who are returning to New Brunswick from international travel are required to self-isolate at home for 14 days.

The New Brunswick government also said a phone line will be available Monday, which people can call if they have concerns about people not complying with the state of emergency orders.

In the meantime, the province is encouraging concerned individuals to remind returning travellers of their responsibility to do their part to keep everyone safe by staying in their homes.

Higgs also announced that the testing lab at the George Dumont Hospital in Moncton is now able to confirm tests. Presumptive tests will no longer need to be sent to the national lab in Winnipeg.

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