In Fredericton, Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health, and Premier Blaine Higgs provide an update on the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The province is reporting three new cases of the coronavirus disease. The cases all appear to be linked t a health-care worker who did not self-isolate after he travelled back to New Brunswick after a personal trip to Quebec. The premier says information on the health-care worker has been passed along to the RCMP to determine whether charges are warranted.
As a result of the outbreak, the province is postponing the next phase of its reopening plan until June 5. Pools, gyms, and indoor recreational facilities were scheduled to reopen on May 29. Small church services were also scheduled to resume. The province’s state of emergency has been extended for an additional 14 days. New Brunswick has been under a state of emergency since March 19. The legislative assembly has also been adjourned until June 9. (no interpretation)