Health and travel updates

Health

If you or a member of your family are showing two symptoms of COVID-19, contact Tele-Care 811 or your primary health-care provider for further direction. Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu. Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool

The Government of New Brunswick has launched an online tool to help individuals determine whether they should be tested for COVID-19. Using this tool will help New Brunswickers determine when they should call 811.

Launch self-assessment

March 19

The Government of New Brunswick declared a state of emergency to enhance measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19. All public schools, universities and colleges will remain closed until further notice. The declaration provides the government with the tools required to ensure the safety of New Brunswick residents and to enforce the recommendations of New Brunswick Public Health.

March 16

The University of New Brunswick learned of two cases of COVID-19 at UNB Fredericton. New Brunswick Public Health closely monitored both individuals and verified the cases were directly connected to the first travel-related case in New Brunswick.

Prevention

Be informed. Be safe. Be kind.

The actions of individuals and communities can prevent infections, save lives and minimize impact. Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical distance between each other. Even if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19, physical (social) distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak.

There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against human coronavirus infection. The Public Health Agency of Canada advises to think ahead about the actions that we can take to stay healthy and to help reduce the risk of infection or spreading the infection to others. This includes staying at home as much as possible and being prepared in case you or a family member becomes ill.

We can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our community, across New Brunswick and throughout the country by modifying our behaviours to include cleaning and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, practicing frequent hygiene which includes proper hand washing and coughing and sneezing etiquette.

To further slow the spread of the virus in the province, it is important to follow these personal actions:

  • Follow public health and safety measures as we transition through recovery phases.
  • Maintain two metres of physical distance between yourself and others when you go out.
  • When physical distancing is difficult, it is strongly recommended that you wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose.
  • Frequently wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
  • Regularly clean commonly-touched surfaces in your home, such as doorknobs and countertops.

Travel notices

Refer to the Government of Canada Travel and Tourism for the most up-to-date travel restrictions, exemptions and advice.

Official Global Travel Advisory

Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.

To limit the spread of COVID-19, many countries have put in place travel or border restrictions and other measures such as movement restrictions and quarantines. All foreign nationals (a person who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident) must be aware that they may be refused entry to Canada when travelling by air from the United States. New restrictions may be imposed with little warning. Many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving. Exit bans are becoming more frequent. Many airlines are suspending flights.

  • Porter Airlines: All flights are suspended until June 29, 2020.

  • WestJet Airlines: All commercial operations for all transborder and international flights are suspended as of Sunday, March 22 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Air Canada: Most international flights and U.S. flights have been suspended as of March 31.

Your travel plans may be severely disrupted and you may be forced to remain outside of Canada longer than expected. Canadian travellers should return to Canada as soon as possible. Contact your airline or tour operator to determine options for cancelling or postponing your trip.  Making the choice to stay at home and to not travel outside of Canada is the best way to protect yourself, your family and the most vulnerable groups in our communities from the spread of COVID-19.