NB Extends State of Emergency Two More Weeks (May 1, 2020)

On April 30th, New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs announced that the province’s State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 global pandemic would be extended to May 14th. Details can be found in the press release here. The release also contains information on job protection measures for those not able to work due to the Coronavirus, whether it is because they are a patient, a caregiver, or directed by Public Health to self-isolate or quarantine themselves; and information on a virtual job-matching platform to connect New Brunswickers with positions that, in the past, have been filled by temporary foreign workers.

Meantime, the April 30th NB case information on COVID-19 revealed that, for the 12th consecutive day, the province’s number of confirmed cases was 118, of which 114 people have recovered. There have been no deaths from COVID-19 in New Brunswick. Of the four remaining active cases in the province, none are hospitalized. To date in New Brunswick, 14,117 tests have been conducted.

COVID-19: NB holding at 118 (Apr. 24, 2020)

The latest COVID-19 report to the Village of Salisbury from the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization is that, for the sixth consecutive day, there have been a total of 118 positive tests for the Coronavirus in New Brunswick out of 12,418 total tests now performed. As of April 24th, there have been 107 confirmed recoveries. Of the 11 active cases, 4 of the patients are hospitalized, and one is in ICU. There have not been any deaths in New Brunswick from COVID-19. (For more NB information: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/corporate/promo/covid-19.html )

A further breakdown of the cases and when they were confirmed:
Mar. 1-8 -- 6 confirmed cases
Mar. 8-15 -- 11 new confirmed cases (for a total of 17)
Mar. 15-22 -- 49 more cases (66)
Mar. 22-29 -- 35 more cases (101)
Mar. 29-Apr. 5 -- 13 more cases (114)
Apr. 5-present -- 4 more cases (118)

Meantime, the New Brunswick Government has added a new category under the Community Investment Fund to support non-profit groups affected by COVID-19. This funding will provide eligible small to medium-sized non-profits with grants between $500 and $10,000. The application form and program information can be found online ( here ).

Rural Rides

If you are struggling to get out in order to pick up groceries or prescriptions, Rural Rides is now doing deliveries. Contact Rural Rides for more information at 962-3073 (dispatch line), 215-2100, or email r.r.ruralrides@gmail.com.

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State of Emergency Extended (Apr. 16, 2020)

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs has announced that the State of Emergency resulting from the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has been formally extended for another two weeks. Updates to the mandatory order include licensed restaurants now being permitted to sell alcoholic beverages in pick-up or take-out orders (conditions include that all reasonable steps be taken to ensure no delivery to minors nor to someone who is intoxicated), as well as further clarification of what businesses can and cannot remain open during this period. As well, the ban on open fires will remain in effect during the State of Emergency (until May 1st). All of the details can be found here.

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NB Advise for Volunteer Drivers (Apr. 14, 2020)

The New Brunswick Government has provided some guidelines for volunteers providing transportation services during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic (here).

Meantime, as of noon today the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick is 116. Here is the link to the Government of Canada website for national and provincial case numbers and other important information. The New Brunswick Coronavirus information page is here.

NB Small Business Emergency Working Capital Program (Apr. 10, 2020)

Posted on behalf of CBDC Westmorland Albert (Community Business Development Corporation):
NB Small Business Emergency Working Capital Program
    At the beginning of March, 2020 few Atlantic Canadians could have predicted how drastically our lives would have changed in a month. We’ve all been adjusting to a rapidly changing world, and for us that has looked like providing our services to small business clients while we work from home. For many small businesses in New Brunswick that has looked like reduced customers, increased uncertainty and difficult times.
    While we’re still ironing out the growing pains of our staff working from home, know that we are always here for you and ready to meet your small business needs.To that end, based on our strong relationship with the Government of New Brunswick and our work within the small business community, we’ve been chosen to administer the Government’s Small Business Emergency Working Capital Program.
    This program is designed to help provide relief to businesses as they responded to the challenges posed by COVID-19. Impacted small business owners can apply for working capital loans up to $100,000, they will not be required to pay interest for the first six months. Interest payments will be required in months 7-12 and principal and interest payments will begin in month 13.
    During these challenging times we may be physical distancing, but we’re also coming together to support the small businesses that make this province thrive. If this working capital loan program could help your business during this difficult time, please contact us, we’re available online at www.cbdc.ca or by telephone at (506) 532-8312.
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EMO: No Gatherings (Apr. 9, 2020)

From the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization:
The Province would like to remind New Brunswickers that in-person church gatherings are prohibited under the State of Emergency order. Mass gatherings can have the potential for serious public health consequences. They can increase the spread of infectious diseases and cause additional strain on the health-care system when held during outbreaks, such as the current COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
The Village of Salisbury would like to extend wishes for a safe Easter at home.
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For the latest COVID-19 case numbers, click here. Meantime, the New Brunswick Coronavirus information page is here.

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