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A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Ridgewood Veterans Health Wing in Saint John, Horizon Health Network announced Friday.
The 80-bed facility is intended for veterans in need of long-term care.

The number of confirmed cases and whether they involve veterans or staff members has not been released.

Horizon officials could not be reached immediately on whether the outbreak is linked to Remembrance Day services.

COVID-19 testing of veterans and staff is ongoing and staff are following improved infection prevention and control guidelines, according to a press release.

The Designated Support Person program is suspended and existing visitor restrictions remain in place.

Additionally, there will be no admissions or patient transfers to or from Ridgewood.

Infection prevention and control “Precautions are the best measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19,” said Margaret Melanson, vice president of quality and patient-centered care at Horizon, in a statement.

“We do everything possible to ensure that we provide safe and quality care to our patients, clients and their families and to protect our healthcare workers. “

Horizon said he understands that it’s difficult for families and friends to be separated from loved ones and encourages people to use technology to connect with patients.

Staff are working diligently to provide care and comfort to patients during the outbreak, he said.

566 active cases

Public health reported 72 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the province’s number of active cases to 566.

Twenty-eight people are hospitalized because of the virus, against 30 on Wednesday, including 14 in intensive care, against 16.

A total of 87.1 percent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and over are fully immunized and 93.3 percent have received their first dose.

A total of 542,178 COVID-19 tests have been performed to date.

New Brunswick has recorded 7,422 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including 6,733 recoveries to date and 122 COVID-related deaths.

Public exhibition notice

Public Health released new notices of public exposure, including Canadian Plasma Resources in the Moncton area, Zone 1, on November 10 and 12, on Friday.

For a complete list of new and previous public display notices, please visit the provincial government website.

People who have not been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before a possible exposure and who have symptoms should undergo a COVID lab test. They can make an appointment online or call Tele-Care 811 and must self-isolate while awaiting the result of their test.

People who are not fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms are now encouraged to purchase a COVID-19 Rapid Point of Care Test (Rapid POCT) home screening kit. They don’t need to self-isolate if they haven’t been instructed by public health to do so.

All positive point-of-care test results should be confirmed by a laboratory polymerase chain reaction or PCR test.

It can take up to 14 days to test positive after being exposed to COVID-19, so even if the results are negative, people should continue to monitor themselves for any symptoms and get tested immediately if they are. expands.

They should also avoid visiting settings where vulnerable populations live, such as nursing homes, correctional facilities and shelters during this 14-day period.

For people who have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before a possible exposure, public health recommends monitoring symptoms for 14 days after possible exposure and taking a COVID lab test if symptoms develop.

They don’t need to isolate themselves while waiting for their test results.

If they don’t show symptoms, they can get a quick test kit and don’t need to self-isolate.

What to do if you have a symptom

People who are concerned about having COVID-19 can take an online self-assessment test.

Public health said symptoms of the disease included fever above 38 ° C, new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, new onset of fatigue and severe pain. breathing difficulties.

In children, symptoms also included purple markings on the fingers and toes.

People with any of these symptoms should stay home, call 811 or their doctor, and follow directions.

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