March 25, 2020 | by: markfirth

CKNB NEWS UPDATE WEDNESDAY MARCH 25 2020

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CAM – TIDE HEAD PICK UP

The Village of Tide Head is offering assistance to residents in
self-isolation during the COVID-19 outbreak.

A statement from the villiage says residents in need of someone to pick up
groceries or prescriptions can call the village office.

You can call 506-789-65-50 for assistance including on the weekends.

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CAM – PLANNING OPEN

With construction being exempt from the provincial state of emergency the
Planning Division of the Restigouche Regional Service Commission remains
open.

Officials tell the Tribune precautions are being taken to minimize exposure
such as digital permits and payments via e-transfers.

Legally-mandated inspections are also being conducted but are using
social-distancing guidelines with inspectors possibly wearing gloves and
masks.

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CAM – LEGACE PASSING
The Village of Atholville has announced the passing of former mayor Raymond
Legace.

Legacy was the mayor of the village from 1971 to 2012 after having joined
council in 1969.

In 2013 the public library was renamed to the Raymond Legace Public Library
to honor his dedication and leadership to Atholville.

Mayor Michel Soucy says Legace was a true mentor to him and its with great
sadness he looks back on the fond memories of my time with him.

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NB – RUSSEL

There was one new case of Covid-19 in New Brunswick reported yesterday. The
province’s Chief Medical Officer,Dr. Jennifer Russel, says that brings the
total number of confirmed cases to 18.

Dr.Russel also provided an update today on the condition of those who have
tested positive so far.

Russel says all cases so far have links to travel or previosuly known cases.

Nationally we are up to  27-hundred-and-80 cases with 26 deaths.

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NB-Gas prices

Another big drop in gas prices ahead of schedule.

The Energy and Utilities Board has lowered gasoline prices by 8.8 cents a
litre to a maximum of 82.1 cents this morning.  No change in diesel or
furnace oil.

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NB – 900 BENEFIT

Premier Blaine Higgs announced new provincial aid for self-employed people in
New Brunswick who lost their income due to the state of emergency shutting
down their business.

A one time 9-hundred-dollar income benefit will be distributed through the
Red Cross and Higgs says it will help bridge the gap between when people
closed their business and they receive federal benefits.

The Premier said further details on how to apply for the new benefit would be
coming in the days ahead.

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NB – EXPANDED TEST/SELF ISOLATE

New Brunswick is expanding the rules on who is required to self isolate.

Up until now mandatory self isolation only applied to those who returned from
international travel.

Yesterday the province annoucned that has now been expenaded to those who
have travelled within Canada – outside the province.

Dr.Jennifer Russel also says testing criteria is also being expanded to
anyone displaying symptoms who recently travelled outside New Brunswick,

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NB – TESTING NUMBERS

The latest COVID-19 testing numbers show New Brunswick performed the fewest
tests per person in Canada despite the World Health Organization saying
testing is a critical element in fighing the virus.

As of Monday just over a thousand tests were performed compared to Nova
Scotia’s over 23-hundred… although its population is only 25-percent
larger.

There were no official answers given by the health authorities on why so few
tests have been done.

The province announced yesterday it would be expanding testing to to anyone
displaying symptoms who recently travelled outside New Brunswick which should
increase the numbers.

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