Temporary Foreign Workers bring new COVID-19 cases to New Brunswick

Temporary Foreign Workers bring new COVID-19 cases to New Brunswick

New Brunswick is reporting new coronavirus cases brought in by temporary foreign workers who flew in to Moncton on July 25 in order to work in the eastern Miramichi region.

According to CBC, New Brunswick was well on its way to being clear of the disease:

Up until Wednesday, no new cases of the respiratory disease had been reported in New Brunswick for 15 days and the province logged two days with no active cases.

The workers, who are all in their 30s, must continue to self-isolate until they're cleared by Public Health.

Because they were destined for the Miramichi region, Public Health records them as being cases in that region, health Zone 7.

After a month-long ban on temporary foreign workers to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Premier Higgs lifted the ban on May 29 in response to business and media outcry and replaced it with a 14-day quarantine requirement.

At the time, New Brunswick was reporting a 13.2 per cent unemployment rate for locals.