COVID-19 pandemic in New Brunswick
The COVID-19 pandemic in New Brunswick is an ongoing viral pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a novel infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The Canadian province of New Brunswick has the ninth-most number of cases of COVID-19 in Canada during the 2019–20 worldwide pandemic. As of May 26, 2020[update], there have been 122 confirmed cases, all but two of which since have recovered. On April 8, it was announced that COVID cases were found less frequently in New Brunswick than any other province in Canada. 
|COVID-19 pandemic in New Brunswick|
|Location||New Brunswick, Canada|
|First outbreak||Wuhan, Hubei, China|
|Arrival date||March 11, 2020|
(2 months, 2 weeks and 1 day)
|Hospitalized cases||13 (cumulative) |
|Critical cases||0 (current)|
|Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)|
On March 15, the province reported four more presumptive cases in the central part of the province.
On March 16, New Brunswick confirmed one more case, and announced one more presumptive case, making 2 confirmed cases and 5 presumptive in total.
On March 17, an eighth case was announced. This is the first child in the province to become infected.
On March 18, three new cases were reported, two in the central part of the province and one more in the southeastern part of the province, bringing the total of confirmed and presumptive cases in the province to 11.
On March 21, six new cases were announced, five in the southern part of the province and one more in the central part of the provinces, bringing the total of confirmed and presumptive cases in the province to 17.
However, on March 23, it was announced that presumptive positives no longer had to be sent to the National Microbiology Lab (NML) in Winnipeg for confirmatory testing, thus confirming all presumptive cases in the province at the time.
On March 24, the 18th case of COVID-19 in New Brunswick was confirmed in the southeastern part of the province. These include: eight cases of COVID-19 in health zone #3 (Fredericton, surrounding areas and Central New Brunswick), six more cases in health zone #2 (Saint John and most of the Fundy coast) and four cases in health zone #1 (Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick).
On March 25, eight new cases were announced in New Brunswick, bringing total to 26. One case is in hospital, but not ICU. All new cases are among travelers from outside the province or close contacts of travelers. Cases increased to 33 on March 26 and 45 on March 27.
During the March 27 regular afternoon provincial press conference, it was announced that of the 12 new cases announced, 11 were travel-related. The remaining case could not be determined to be a recent out-of-province traveller or close contact of one, thus it may represent the first case of community transmission in the province.
On March 13, the provincial government announced that all New Brunswick schools would shut down until March 29. Daycares were not affected by the announcement at the time but were closed three days later. On March 16, the chief medical officer of health Dr. Jennifer Russell recommended that all public spaces and certain business should close starting on March 17. They are also asking restaurant owners to limit the number of customers to half of the capacity of their dining areas. Take-out orders, deliveries and drive-through services would be permitted. The government also announced that all non-essential government services will shut down until further notice.
On March 19, the province declared a state of emergency.
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