New Brunswick reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and tourism operators applaud the federal government’s decision to reopen Canada’s borders to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents for pleasure travel, without having need to self-isolate, from August 9th.
Monday’s announcement is good news for operators who haven’t seen U.S. travelers since March 2020, when a ban on non-essential travel was imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19, said Carol Alderdice, President and CEO of the tourism industry. New Brunswick Association.
The border closures have been “devastating” for tourism operators across the province, she said. In 2020, all operators reported 50-100% less revenue and at least 10 members went bankrupt.
“There’s no way we could have survived another year like this,” Alderdice told CBC Morning Information Fredericton.
Fishing and hunting outfitters in particular have “really struggled” as about 90 percent of their customers are from the United States, she said. “So this is very good news for them.”
On September 7, provided the number of cases remains low, fully vaccinated travelers from the rest of the world will also be allowed to enter Canada without having to quarantine themselves for two weeks.
She expects to see people from England, France, Germany and other countries come to see the beautiful colors of autumn.
It will be another boost for tourism operators who have seen an increase in the number of visitors now that the provincial borders are open, Alderdice said.
New Brunswick’s decision last month to allow Canadians who have at least one dose of the vaccine to come without isolation or testing required has made “a big difference,” she said.
“I know that in different parts of the province, like the Acadian Peninsula, there have been a lot of Quebeckers who have traveled, and the license plates from Ontario and Nova Scotia, everyone is pretty excited. on this subject. It’s the same in the south as well.
“So I think we’re going to have a much better summer than we originally thought when we thought the borders wouldn’t open until September.”
Alderdice suspects the industry could take two or three years to recover from the pandemic, based on all the loans operators have had to secure.
“Destination Canada said if Canada has a good year it could be 2023. And if they don’t, it could be as far away as 2024 or 2025.”
But the industry is resilient, she said, and “we’re starting to see that everything will be fine.”
Almost 60% fully vaccinated
Almost 60 percent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning, and nearly 81 percent have received at least one dose of a vaccine, according to the COVID-19 dashboard.
A further 12,974 doses were recorded as administered, including 11,219 second doses. That brought the two-dose vaccination rate to 59.7% from 58.1% on Monday, after what appeared to be a slow weekend.
The Department of Health said on Monday that data from immunization clinics can take up to 48 hours to be reported to Public Health and displayed on the COVID-19 dashboard.
“This has been the case since we started the [vaccination] campaign, ”department spokesman Shawn Berry said in an email.
It is not known if all were given on Monday or if some were given at the weekend and were reported late.
The province’s goal for the Green Road is for 75 percent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and over to be fully immunized by August 2, New Brunswick Day.
Once the threshold is reached, the province will end the mandatory state of emergency and lift all public health restrictions, provided COVID hospitalizations remain low and all health regions remain on COVID yellow alert level.
Another 1,555 first doses were also recorded as administered, bringing the vaccination rate to one dose to 80.7%, from 80.4%.
“Thousands of Pfizer and Moderna appointments for the first and second dose have been opened for vaccinations at regional health authority clinics and participating pharmacies,” Public Health said in a press release on Tuesday, citing a increase in supply.
Vaccination clinics are held daily this week with appointments available in each region, he said.
New Brunswickers aged 12 and over who have not yet been immunized with two doses of the vaccine are invited to make an appointment online at a clinic in the Horizon or Vitalité health network or at a participating pharmacy.
People are eligible for their second dose 28 days after the first. If by the time of their first dose, they were given an appointment with a longer interval, they can increase their second dose by rescheduling online or by contacting the pharmacy, Public Health advised.
The province is also running more mobile walk-in clinics this week to make it easier to get first and second doses. The clinics offer Moderna.
A clinic is in progress Tuesday in Clair at the Saint-François-d’Assise church, at 678, rue Principale, between noon and 6 p.m.
Other clinics taking place this week include:
- Gagetown Village – Recreation Center, 38 Mill Road, Wednesdays, between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
- Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska – Municipal hall, 75, rue Principale, Wednesday, from noon to 6 p.m.
- Kedgwick – La Salle du Citoyen, 4, rue Saint-Jean, Thursday, between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.
- Southampton – Middle Southampton Community Hall, 1782 Campbell Settlement Road, off Route 105, Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saint-Martin – Four Seasons Complex, 2551, route 111, Friday, between noon and 5 p.m.
- Saint-Leonard – Station Ambulance New Brunswick, 523, rue St-Jean, unit A, Friday, between noon and 6 p.m.
People are asked to bring their health card, a signed consent form, and, for those receiving a second dose, a copy of the vaccination record they received after receiving their first dose.
Anyone who has made an appointment but was able to get vaccinated earlier elsewhere is asked to cancel the appointment they no longer need.
7 active cases
New Brunswick has seven active cases of COVID-19, Public Health reported Tuesday.
No one is hospitalized for respiratory illness.
New Brunswick has had 2,346 confirmed cases of COVID during the pandemic. There have been 2,292 recoveries and 46 COVID-related deaths so far.
A total of 374,318 tests were performed, including 747 on Monday.
Atlantic COVID Report
Nova Scotia did not provide an update on COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and due to a planned upgrade to the province’s digital health information system, data from the Dashboard COVID-19 were not available. As of Monday, there were seven active cases.
Newfoundland and Labrador reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and has no active cases, according to the latest update from the Department of Health, despite 49 active cases aboard three ships, one anchored at Bay Bulls and two anchored at Conception Bay.
Prince Edward Island has not had any active cases since July 13.
What to do if you have a symptom
People who are concerned about having COVID-19 can take an online self-assessment test.
Public health says symptoms of the disease include fever above 38 ° C, new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, new onset of fatigue and difficulty. respiratory.
In children, symptoms also included purple markings on the fingers and toes.
People with any of these symptoms should stay home, call Tele-Care 811 or their doctor and follow the instructions.