27 active cases in the Campbellton area
There are currently 27 active cases of COVD-19 in the Campbellton area, according to Public Health. And two other cases outside of zone 5.
Of the 164 confirmed cases, 133 people have recovered. Twelve people have recovered since the first case in the Campbellton cluster was reported on May 21.
There were two deaths at Manoir de la Vallée in Atholville this month. Four patients are hospitalized, one of whom is in an intensive care unit.
The cluster started after a doctor went to Quebec for personal reasons and did not become self-isolated after he returned home.
On Wednesday, 38,714 tests were carried out.
“It is important to understand that COVID-19, like many other chronic diseases, has not affected everyone the same,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health for New Brunswick, in a statement. Brunswick.
“Due to societal factors, certain populations are much more sensitive and affected by this disease and by the public health measures put in place to try to prevent the spread of the virus. With regard to COVID-19, we are all only safe as members of our community who are most at risk; we are all in the same boat. ”
Closure of Campbellton ER “a tough decision”
Ten health workers at the Campbellton Regional Hospital were diagnosed with COVID-19.
The emergency room at the Campbellton Regional Hospital has been closed until further notice due to the spread of the disease in the area, according to Vitalité Health Network.
Hospital visits are also prohibited and all non-emergency services are also canceled until further notice.
Gilles Lanteigne, president and CEO of Vitalité Health Network, said at a press conference on Wednesday that it was difficult to close the emergency room, but necessary to protect people living in the county. from Restigouche.
“We are in a cluster situation and we had to do something,” said Lanteigne in French.
In case of an emergency, residents of the area are asked to call 911 or contact their family doctor.
Virus transmitted to employees not working on the COVID unit
Lanteigne said the virus has spread to healthcare workers who weren’t working on the COVID-19 unit.
He believes a number of factors have contributed to this, including health care workers taking breaks together throughout their shift.
“Do not be too careful as they should be,” he said.
He said the hospital has put in place health measures to protect the safety of employees from the virus.
“Obviously, this is an area of risk and an area of concern. ”
There was also a possibility that the virus may have been in the area before the workers even knew it was there.
“Healthcare workers are very stressed,” he said. “They are tired. Sometimes they resume their habits and lower their guard. It happens and we have seen it in the Campbellton area. ”
Call for retired employees to help the hospital
In a status report, the Vitality Health Network, the governing body that oversees the Campbellton hospital, said that 711 hospital workers had been screened for respiratory disease since Saturday.
Forty-one employees at Campbellton Hospital are currently self-isolating at home and 31 others are self-isolating as a precaution while waiting for their test results.
Although it is not mandatory, Vitalité asked retired provincial employees to return to work at that time to help with the number of people without work.
What to do in case of symptoms
People with concerns about COVID-19 can do a self-assessment on the government website at gnb.ca.
Public health says symptoms of people with COVID-19 include: fever over 38 ° C, new or worsening chronic cough, sore throat, runny nose, sore throat headache, new onset of fatigue, new onset of muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell and difficulty breathing. In children, symptoms also included purple marks on the fingers and toes.
People with two of these symptoms are encouraged to: