May 13th, 2021
Public Service Announcement
For Immediate Release

Update – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SACKVILLE, N.B. — Zone 1 (which includes Sackville) moved to the YELLOW level as of midnight, March 7, 2021 under the province’s revised COVID-19 recovery plan. For more information visit the Government of New Brunswick Website.  A graphic outlining the key points to each level of recovery is available here.

TEMPORARY TESTING FACILITY IN SACKVILLE

Horizon Health has opened a temporary COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Sackville at the Tantramar Veterans’ Memorial Civic Centre, 182 Main Street.  The site began testing patients for COVID-19 on January 26, 2021.

Hours of operation will be based on need, and the site will remain in place as long as there is sufficient demand for this service. Like all other COVID-19 Assessment Centres in New Brunswick, these new sites will be by appointment only. Request an appointment through www.gnb.ca/coronavirus or Tele-Care 811.

BOOKING VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS

The Government of New Brunswick has released a vaccine roll out program based on eligibility groups (eg. Age, health care workers, first responders, etc). Eligible recipients can book vaccination appointments at a local pharmacy or the Tantramar Veteran’s Memorial Civic Centre. As of May 13th, the following people are eligible for the vaccine:

Through a pharmacy:

  1. Residents 30 years of age and older (born in 1981 or before, including those turning 30 this year)
  2. Workers who regularly travel across the border, including daily commuters, truckers (who regularly cross the border) and rotational workers.
  3. The AstraZeneca vaccine is now only available for second doses in New Brunswick.

Through Regional Health Authorities:

  1. Residents 30 years of age and older (born in 1971 or before, including those turning 50 this year)
  2. Individuals with complex medical conditions
    (Before registering, you must review the list of complex medical conditions. At the time of your appointment you must present this signed declaration(If you cannot print the declaration form, one will be available at the appointment to complete before you can receive a vaccine.)
  3. Individuals with complex medical conditions or pregnant women. Before booking an appointment you must review the list of select chronic medical conditions. At the time of your appointment you must present this signed declaration. (If you cannot print the declaration form, one will be available at the appointment to complete before you can receive a vaccine.)
  4. Individuals 16 years or older with two or more select chronic conditions. Before booking an appointment you must review the list of select chronic medical conditions.
  5. The following groups: First responders, health-care workers and health system staff (regulated allied health care professionals), people who work in high schools (these groups have been provided with a priority code through their employer or professional association) and staff of communal settings (correctional facilities or homeless shelters).
  6. The AstraZeneca vaccine is now only available for second doses in New Brunswick.

Both the Guardian Corner Drug Store and Jean Coutu are providing vaccinations based on Public Health’s guidelines.

Guardian (506) 536-2255 or http://www.thecornerdrugstore.ca/

Jean Coutu (506) 536-0230

Please note that appointments are only available for those who are eligible under Public Health’s guidelines. Information on the vaccination program, booking an appointment, and a list of eligible groups can be found hereAppointments can also be made by phone to be vaccinated at the TVMCC by calling 1-833-437-1424.

If you are not in one of the eligibility groups, please do not try and schedule an appointment.

TRAVEL ISOLATION REQUIREMENTS

Here are some resources concerning how and when the isolate after traveling into New Brunswick. The Province has provided a quick reference guide for travel isolation here. The Covid-19 testing and isolation requirements after travel are outlined here.

TOWN FACILITIES OPERATIONS

Members of the public are required to wear a face mask in all Town facilities and on all Town public property. For questions about the Town’s operational plan, please contact Jamie Burke, CAO, at 1-506-364-4930 or j.burke@sackville.com.

Town Hall continues to be open to the public and is operating under regular business hours of Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. To ensure the health and safety of our staff and the public, a thorough and comprehensive operational plan that follows the requirements outlined by the province of New Brunswick has been implemented.

The Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre is open under the YELLOW phase, but only those with an appointment or ice rental will be permitted in the building. To make an appointment for skate sharpening, please call 364-4955.

The Bill Johnstone Memorial Activity Centre and our Public Works building are closed to the public until further notice.

All Town parks and trails remain open to the public, but they are being closely monitored to ensure that users are observing social distance guidelines.

The boardwalk areas in the Waterfowl Park are designated one-way in order to respect social distancing requirements. Signage has been installed in the park and online with updated mapping and instructions on the one-way areas. Please do not run or stop on the boardwalks so that the 2-meter mandatory social distancing requirements can be adhered to.

The Sackville Visitor Information Centre building continues to be closed for the season.

The Sackville Public Library remains open.  Anyone entering the building will be required to complete a pre-screening form.  For more information and hours of operation, contact 1-506-364-4915.

REDUCING THE POSSIBILITIES OF TRANSMISSION

We all have an obligation to reduce the spread of the virus. Residents need to follow the prevention measures outlined by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for New Brunswick to reduce the possibility of spreading the virus as presented on the website of Health New Brunswick.

Key messages include:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cough and sneeze into the elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
  • Cough into a tissue and throw it away.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with a sick person.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if there is no soap and water.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Practice social distancing, (maintain at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance between yourself and others)

If a person experiences any one symptom, they may complete the online self assessment or call Tele-care 8-1-1. Any person showing 2 or more symptoms, must self-isolate at home and call Tele-care 8-1-1 or complete the online self assessment. Symptoms include: Fever above 38°C, new or worsening chronic cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, new onset fatigue, new onset muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of taste or loss of smell, and individuals under the age of 18 experiencing purple fingers or toes.

Residents must follow good health practices and strict adherence to the measures as outlined by the Province of New Brunswick to help reduce the delay and spread of COVID-19. We are in contact with the Province’s Emergency Measures Organization and are continuing to review Town operations to ensure business continuity and service delivery (especially essential services) in the event of an emergency activation.

Additional measures may be added as directed by the New Brunswick Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. We will keep you informed through our social media sites and website.

For more information, please visit the following websites:

Government of New Brunswick

Government of Canada

INFORMATION LINE AND EMAIL

A toll-free information line and email address, which offers services in both languages, has been established by the Province of New Brunswick to help answer non-health related questions, including questions about compliance with the state of emergency. The number, 1-844-462- 8387, is operational seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The email address is helpaide@gnb.ca. Concerns about workplace safety should continue to be directed to WorkSafeNB.

OTHER IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Tele-care: Patient Connect NB: 811

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868

CHIMO Helpline (crisis line): 1-800-667-5005

RCMP: 911 for emergencies only

Sackville Memorial Hospital: 1-506-364-4100

COUNCIL MEETINGS AND BUSINESS

Both the monthly Special Council Meetings on the first Monday of the month and Regular Council Meetings on the second Monday of the month continue to be held virtually and streamed live on the Town’s website. Members of the Public are also able to participate in Council Meetings using Microsoft Teams. Additionally, Council is also accepting questions from the public and questions can be submitted to the Town Clerk’s office at d.beal@sackville.com.

UPDATE ON LOCAL ELECTIONS

New Brunswickers will be going to the polls to elect local council, regional health authority and district education council representatives on May 10, 2021. The elections had been scheduled for May 2020 but were postponed due to the global pandemic. Details on the upcoming local elections are available here.

E-MAIL AND PHONE SCAMS

Unfortunately, e-mail phishing and telephone scams are increasing, and we want to remind residents and business owners to be mindful to use caution when opening e-mails and providing personal information over the telephone.

SELF-CARE

The Chief Medical Officer of Health for New Brunswick has emphasized the importance of people taking care of themselves during this stressful time and has encouraged healthy eating, exercising and getting enough sleep.

New-Brunswickers can get the mental health support they need during COVID-19. #BounceBackNB is available to support those with mild-to-moderate anxiety or depression, or who may be feeling low, stressed and worried. More information and support is available here.

UPDATES FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES

Under the red phase, gyms, spas and entertainment centres are closed. Restaurants are open for take-out, delivery and drive-thru only. Retail stores can operate with a Covid Operational Plan in place. Some of their processes and opening hours may have changed. To access the most up to date and current information please contact the business directly.

DISINFECTANT WIPES

While we encourage residents to take the necessary precautions to ensure their homes and belongings are clean, please do not flush these wipes as they can clog our sanitary sewer lift station pumps. These wipes belong in your clear bag

RECREATION PROGRAMS

Some town operated recreational programming is available while in the YELLOW phase.  Please visit www.sackville.com/programs for the most up-to-date information.

Media contact:
Jamie Burke
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Sackville
506.364-4930
j.burke@sackville.com