COVID-19 has claimed the life of another New Brunswicker, pushing the total number of COVID-related deaths in the province to 38, Public Health announced Monday, along with 15 new cases. A person in their 90s in the Edmundston region, Zone 4, has died “as a result of COVID-19,” according to a news release. The person resided at Pavillon Beau-Lieu, a special care home in Grand Falls, where there’s an outbreak involving the variant first reported in South Africa. Health Minister Dorothy Shephard said she is saddened by the news. “I join all New Brunswickers in sharing sincere condolences with this person’s loved ones during this difficult time,” she said in a statement. On Sunday, Public Health announced another resident of the special care home, someone in their 80s, had died in hospital “as a result of COVID-19.” With the 15 new cases, there are now 142 active cases of respiratory disease in the province. Six people are in hospital, including two in intensive care. The 15 new confirmed cases announced Monday put the total number of active cases in the province at 142.(CBC) The breakdown of the new cases is as follows: Moncton region, Zone 1: one case Saint John region, Zone 2: three cases Fredericton region, Zone 3: five cases Edmundston region, Zone 4: three cases Campbellton region, Zone 5: one case Bathurst region, Zone 6: two cases New Brunswick has had 1,954 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started just over a year ago. There have been 1,773 recoveries so far. A total of 295,822 tests have been conducted, including 1,339 on Sunday. Voting in self-isolation Elections New Brunswick is encouraging people who are under COVID-19 isolation and haven’t voted in the May 10 municipal election yet but wish to do so to contact their local returning office to find out what options are available. With election day less than a week away, the options available are starting to decrease, said Kim Poffenroth, municipal election officer. Municipal election officer Kim Poffenroth asks everyone to be patient as election officials, who are all temporary workers hired for just a few days of work, do their best to deliver these elections during the ‘unusual and challenging circumstances of this pandemic.'(Screenshot/ParlVu) “Our municipal returning officers will gladly work with these individuals to determine the best way to arrange for them to vote, based on their current situation,” she said in a statement. Options may include voting by mail, if time permits, curbside voting, and other forms of contactless voting. “We will do our utmost to make sure every New Brunswicker is provided with the opportunity to vote, while at the same time respecting public health rules and protecting the thousands of people working for us during these elections,” Poffenroth said. Most restrictions lifted at STU and UNB’s Fredericton campus Two universities in Fredericton are reopening more than a week after they moved to essential services only in response to a COVID-19 outbreak at a residence. Faculty, staff and students at St. Thomas University and the adjacent University of New Brunswick campus can now go on campus as long as they follow relevant operational guidelines. “COVID is difficult,” said Paul Mazerolle, president of the University of New Brunswick. “The uncertainty creates concern and we’re not through this.” Student living at Magee House, including some with families, will continue living under lockdown as Public Health deals with the outbreak at the residence. The variant first reported in India has been identified in this outbreak. Monday marks day nine of lockdown, and a third round of mass testing was scheduled for residents over the weekend. So far, Public Health has identified 12 cases of the virus at Magee House, the apartment-style residence designed for mature students. Alex Hill-Stosky, who lives with his family in Magee House, said many people in the building are either anxious or angry because of the lockdown. “A lot of people feel we are test subjects rather than people,” said the engineering student. Paul Mazerolle, president and vice-chancellor of the University of New Brunswick, says isolation needs to happen at Magee House to prevent the spread of COVID-19.(Ed Hunter/CBC) Mazerolle said he understands people are concerned and worried about their personal freedoms, but it’s important to limit the spread of the virus. “To minimize the potential spread, unfortunately people’s movements need to be restricted for a limited period of time. … If we didn’t restrict movement, we could be in a much worse situation.” Students have also expressed concerns over the residence’s ventilation system. Mazerolle said the ventilation system has been checked twice and deemed safe by engineers with Public Health and the Department of Environment. Mazerolle said the risk is minimal, the ventilation experts who checked it out included some from Public Health. “From what I’ve been told by the experts, there’s no evidence to suggest that the ventilation system is putting people at risk for COVID-19. Mazerolle expects Magee House to reopen on May 8. “We’re looking forward to this coming to an end,” he said. George Street Middle School reopens George Street Middle School in Fredericton reopened Monday, six days after students, staff and their families were urged by Public Health to self-isolate last week following a confirmed case of COVID-19. In a letter to parents on Sunday, Public Health said students and staff can return to school, and their families can return to work, with the exception of those who have been told by Public Health to self-isolate for 14 days. Residents of Magee House at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton are in quarantine after at least 12 people tested positive for COVID-19. (Maria Jose Burgos/CBC) “Custodial services have been through the school disinfecting high touch areas,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health. “Everyone who has not been identified as a close contact should feel confident to return to normal activities.” The George Street and UNB cases are linked, Public Health said earlier. Possible exposures Moncton region: April 29 between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – Papa John’s Pizza (555 Dieppe Blvd., Dieppe) April 29 between 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – Shoppers Drug Mart Pizza (320 Elmwood Dr., Moncton) Saint John region: April 28 between 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – Atlantic Superstore (195 King St., St. Stephen) April 26 between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – Save Easy (232 Water St., Saint Andrews) April 24 between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – Birch Grove Restaurant (34 Brunswick St., St. George) April 20 between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Dr. Michael Murphy’s Office (6 Queen St. W., St. Stephen) Fredericton region: April 23 between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., and April 22 between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Winners (9 Riocan Ave.) April 23 between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – Pizza Hut (1180 Smythe St., Fredericton) April 23 between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – Petsmart (1124 Prospect St., Fredericton) April 23 between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – Charm Diamond Centres (Regent Mall, 1381 Regent St., Fredericton) April 23 between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – La Senza (Regent Mall, 1381 Regent St., Fredericton) April 23 between 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – Costco (25 Wayne Squibb Blvd., Fredericton) April 23 and April 22 – Radisson Kingswood Hotel & Suites (41 Kingswood Way, Hanwell) April 22 between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. – Unplugged (418 Queen St., Fredericton) April 22 between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – Bed Bath & Beyond (15 Trinity Ave., Fredericton) April 21 between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – Old Navy (Regent Mall, 1381 Regent St., Fredericton) April 21 between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – Chapters (Regent Mall, 1381 Regent St., Fredericton) April 21 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Moffitts Convenience (1879 Rte. 3, Harvey Station) April 22 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. – The Snooty Fox (66 Regent St., Fredericton) April 23 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and April 22 between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. – HomeSense, (18 Trinity Dr., Fredericton) April 23 between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – Save Easy Independent Grocer (135 Otis Dr., Nackawic) April 23 – Canada Post (135 Otis Dr., Nackawic) April 22 and April 23 – Jolly Farmer (56 Crabbe Rd., Northampton) April 24 between 10 a.m. and noon – YMCA (570 York St., Fredericton) April 23 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Walmart Supercentre (1399 Regent St, Fredericton) April 23 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Princess Auto (21 Trinity Ave., Fredericton) April 23 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Home Depot (Corbett Centre, Fredericton) April 23 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Swiss Chalet (961 Prospect Ave., Fredericton) April 22 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. – Canadian Tire (1110 Smythe Ave., Fredericton) April 22 between 10 a.m. and noon. – Digital World (524 Smythe Ave., Fredericton) April 22 between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – Tim Horton’s (1713 Woodstock Rd., Fredericton) April 22 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Costco (25 Wayne Squibb Blvd., Fredericton) From April 19 to April 22 – Canada Post (135 Otis Dr., Nackawic) April 21 between noon and 4 p.m. – Shoppers Drug Mart (1040 Prospect St., Fredericton) Edmundston region: May 1 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., April 30 between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., April 27 between noon and 12:30 p.m. – Legresley Esso (15 Notre-Dame Rd., Kedgwick) May 1 between 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Rossy (344 Canada Rd. Unit K, Saint-Quentin) May 1 between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. – Ameublement Milix (344 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin) May 1 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – Boutique du Dollar 12345 (116A Notre-Dame Rd., Kedgwick) April 29 between 11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. – Familiprix (116A Notre-Dame Rd., Kedgwick) May 1 between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., April 29 between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., April 28 between 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – Bonichoix (4 Camille Rd., Kedgwick) April 28 between 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Irving (272 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin) April 25 between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – St. Patrick Church (2154, Rte. 130, Grand Falls) April 27 between 5:15 a.m. and 5:45 a.m., April 28 between 5:15 a.m. and 5:45 a.m., April 26 between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. – Hill Top Motel & Restaurant (131 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls) April 28 between 5 a.m. and 5:15 a.m. – Irving Big Stop (121 Route 255, Grand Falls) April 27 between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and on April 26 between 3 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. – Walmart, (494 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls) April 27 between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. – Grand Falls General Hospital April 26 between 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. – Blue’s Printing Shop, (182 Portage St., Grand Falls) April 26 between noon and 12:15 p.m. – St-Onge Industrial Supplies (Belanger St., Grand Falls) April 26 between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – Canadian Tire (383 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls) April 26 between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and April 24 between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – Atlantic Superstore (240 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls) April 26 between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. – Foodland Grand Falls (535 Everard H. Daigle, Grand Falls) April 26 between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and April 25 between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. – Toner Home Hardware (445 Broadway Blvd., Grand Falls) April 26 between 9:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. – Merritt Press (208 Main St., Grand Falls) Flight exposures: April 28 – Air Canada Flight 396 – from Calgary to Montreal departed at 1:05 a.m. April 29 – Air Canada Flight 8898 – from Montreal to Moncton, departed at 8:24 a.m. April 24 – Air Canada Flight 8918 – from Toronto to Moncton, departed at 9:04 p.m. April 22 – Air Canada Flight 396 – from Calgary to Montreal departed at 12:52 a.m. April 22 – Air Canada Flight 8898 – from Montreal to Moncton, departed at 8:27 a.m. April 20 – Air Canada Flight 318 – from Calgary to Montreal, departed at 11:45 a.m. April 20 – Air Canada Flight 8906 – from Montreal to Moncton, departed at 7:01 p.m. What to do if you have a symptom People concerned they might have COVID-19 symptoms can take a self-assessment test online. Public Health says symptoms shown by people with COVID-19 have included: Fever above 38 C. New cough or worsening chronic cough. Sore throat. Runny nose. Headache. New onset of fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell. Difficulty breathing. In children, symptoms have also included purple markings on the fingers and toes. People with one of those symptoms should: Stay at home. Call Tele-Care 811 or their doctor. Describe symptoms and travel history. Follow instructions.