Canada adds health officials at U.S. border crossings to screen for COVID-19

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As the volume of travellers entering Canada through the U.S. has increased in recent weeks, public health officials are being placed at land borders to bolster screening for COVID-19. The Public Health Agency of Canada is adding on-site employees at 36 points of entry, including New Brunswick crossings in St. Stephen, Woodstock and Edmundston. Tammy Jarbeau, a Health Canada spokesperson, said the “increased presence” of officials is at the points of entry — including air and land — that see 90 per cent of travellers. “PHAC officials, including quarantine officers, clinical screening officers and screening officers will be on-site to screen travellers entering Canada at these ports of entry,” she said.