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Atlantic Bubble returning soon

Travel between four Atlantic provinces set to return April 19

By Jim Dumville

Unless a significant COVID-19 outbreak bursts the bubble before it gets in place, the Atlantic Bubble will return on April 19 and include a few Quebec border communities.
During its COVID-19 daily update, March 18, New Brunswick Health Minister Dorothy Shephard and Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, announced plans to return next month to a policy allowing residents of New Brunswick, P.E.I., Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador to travel back and forth without self-isolating.
Shephard said the Conference of Atlantic Premiers confirmed the decision to reopen the Atlantic Bubble during a virtual meeting Wednesday evening.
On the same date, she said, the province will extend the bubble to include Témiscouata, Avignon and Listiguj First Nation in Quebec. These Quebec residents can not have travelled outside their communities in the previous 14 days.
Shepherd and Russell both cautioned that a rise in COVID numbers could burst the bubble before it returns.
"While we all welcome the return of a travel bubble, it is important to remember that cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across Canada," said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. "Coupled with the increase in cases of the variants we are seeing, that is cause for concern. If you are travelling, even within the bubble, please ensure you follow all Public Health directives so we can continue to limit the spread of the virus."
Russell and Shephard said Public Health would review and possibly adjust restrictions within the current Yellow Phase Level, including the Steady 15 requirements, during the weeks between now and the return to the Atlantic bubble.
During the update, Russell said Public Health reported seven new COVID-19 cases in the province, including one in the Fredericton and Upper River Valley region.
Five of the seven new confirmed cases occurred in Zone 4, the Edmundston, Grand Falls and St. Quentin region, along with one in Zone 1, the Moncton region. Russell said Public Health linked all new cases to previous cases or as travel-related.
Thursday numbers bring the active cases in the province to 48, including one person in the hospital.
Shephard said New Brunswick's vaccination plan is moving forward, with the vaccinations of residents 85 and over underway at their local pharmacy. She said people 80 and older can now begin booking appointments with their pharmacist for their shots, starting sometime next week.
The minister said the province would also begin delivering vaccines to other health professionals, such as dentists and optometrists. It will also make vaccines available to residents with "complex medical conditions," adding people can check what conditions qualify online at https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/corporate/promo/covid-19/vaccine/complex-medical-conditions.html
They can book an appointment online at Vaccination clinics through https://www.gnb.ca/nosearch/vacc/index-e.html?_ga=2.177309541.1127523104.1615914825-262900714.1596979066
"We are making excellent progress on our vaccination plan and have made great strides towards protecting our most vulnerable residents," said Shephard. "We are now able to begin providing the vaccine to more groups. However, if you are not in one of the eligible groups, please do not try to make an appointment at this time."
Sheppard said that people who travel in and out of the province for work can now be vaccinated.
Starting at 11:59 p.m. on March 23, the minister added, rotational workers will no longer be required to self-isolate if they have received their first dose of vaccine and 14 days have passed. At this time, she added, Public Health still requires they undergo day five and day 10 COVID-19 testing upon their return to New Brunswick
Shephard said rotational workers not vaccinated still must self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to the province.
Although Thursday's update delivered plenty of positive news, Russell also stressed COVID-19 remains in New Brunswick and continues to pose a grave danger. She said the confirmation of the UK variant's presence in the province raises concern.
She praised Public Health and New Brunswickers for quickly getting a handle on the recent outbreak involving the variant in Zone 7, the Miramichi region.
Russell said they want to do the same in Zone 4, with the variant's potential presence in that region.
She said variants are creating problems in western Canada, adding the variant is now responsible for most COVID-19 infections in many areas.
The Thursday update included exposure notifications for two locations in Edmundston and flights into Moncton, as follows:
McDonald's Restaurant, 190 Hébert Blvd., on March 13 between 8:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.
Grey Rock Casino & Valley View Restaurant, 100 Chief Joanna Blvd., on March 14
Public Health has also identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious on March 7 while on the following flights:
Air Canada Flight 414 – from Toronto to Montreal, departed at 2:18 p.m.
Air Canada Flight 8906 – from Montreal to Moncton, departed at 7 p.m.
People who travelled on these flights should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after the flight. Should any COVID-19 symptoms develop, they are directed to self-isolate and take the self-assessment online or to call 811 to get tested.