NB COVID-19 roundup: 48 new instances, Horizon and Vitalité return to orange alert degree

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Horizon and Vitalité well being networks will return to the orange alert degree Monday, citing a lower within the variety of new and energetic COVID-19 instances and hospitalizations, together with ICU admissions, throughout the province.

Public Health reported 48 new instances and 41 recoveries Friday. There are actually 556 energetic instances, up from 549 Thursday.

Twenty-eight individuals are in hospital due to the virus, down from 31, together with 17 in intensive care, a rise of 1.

The transfer to orange will imply a rise in companies from the present pink alert degree, Vitalité mentioned in a press release Friday.

“Transitioning to the orange alert level means that the network believes it has the capacity to increase ambulatory care, medical imaging, and surgical services,” it mentioned.

If CUPE health-care employees go on strike, nonetheless, Vitalité “could have to quickly change its alert level [again],” it suggested. A strike would have “direct or indirect impacts on its regular activities.”

Officials are monitoring the scenario “very closely.”

Horizon mentioned its swap to orange might be in place for no less than two weeks after which be reassessed.

Both regional well being authorities will keep their pink alert degree customer restrictions, nonetheless. This means no guests are allowed, with some exceptions, similar to sufferers who’re eligible for a delegated help particular person.

“This precaution is necessary to ensure the safety of patients, employees and doctors in a context where there are active outbreaks in some hospitals and several communities are dealing with community transmission,”  Vitalité  mentioned.

Horizon mentioned that it’s going to permit time to make sure COVID-19 instances proceed to lower, and that staffing sources stay secure to proceed all companies, from ambulatory care clinic visits to pressing and sophisticated medical emergencies.

“We understand restricting social visitation is difficult for our patients and loved ones, but this precaution remains necessary to limit the risk of COVID-19 spread in our facilities, especially as there are still local outbreaks and community transmission throughout the province,” Horizon’s interim president and CEO Dr. John Dornan mentioned in a press release.

The Campbellton Regional Hospital has 5 COVID-19 sufferers, together with 4 in intensive care, and an occupancy fee of 106 per cent. (Serge Bouchard/Radio-Canada)

Vitalité has been on the pink alert degree since Oct. 12.

Twenty-nine staff stay off work for COVID-related causes, in accordance with a scenario report issued Friday, and eight hospitals proceed to function at or above capability.

Stella-Maris-de-Kent Hospital within the Moncton area, Zone 1, has the very best occupancy fee at 125 per cent, however no COVID sufferers.

The Edmundston Regional Hospital in Zone 4 has the bottom occupancy fee at 86 per cent, with 4 COVID sufferers, together with two in intensive care.

The Campbellton Regional Hospital in Zone 5 is the one different Vitalité hospital with COVID sufferers, as of Friday, in accordance with the replace. It’s working at 106 per cent capability with 5 COVID sufferers, 4 of whom require intensive care.

Horizon has been on the pink part since Oct. 13.

The pink alert degree protocols permit the regional well being authorities to redeploy employees and cut back non-essential companies to keep up emergency companies and ICUs, caring for COVID-19 sufferers and people who are critically ailing.

Expanded Zone 2 circuit breaker begins at 6 p.m.

Most individuals who stay within the Saint John area, Zone 2, will start a two-week COVID-19 circuit breaker, beginning at 6 p.m., with restrictions on non-public gatherings and non-essential journey between areas.

There aren’t any restrictions on absolutely vaccinated folks gathering  at companies, occasions and companies the place proof of full vaccination with a government-issued ID is required.

Premier Blaine Higgs introduced the brand new measure Thursday, citing issues over an improve in new infections.

In response to Friday’s numbers, Higgs described the “stability in cases” as constructive.

“We know that if we remove measures too quickly we could see a spike in hospitalizations, which is why circuit-breaker measures have been extended and expanded in the province to help further reduce the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19,” he mentioned in a press release.

To handle the excessive variety of COVID-19 transmissions within the Saint John area, a circuit breaker has been applied for many of Zone 2 to restrict the unfold of the virus and cut back additional hospitalizations. (Government of New Brunswick)

The areas coated by the circuit breaker stretch west to New River Beach and Lepreau, north to Clarendon and Welsford, east to Head of Millstream and embody the entire communities in Saint John and Kings counties.

Havelock was already beneath a earlier circuit breaker, which was scheduled to finish at 6 p.m., however has been prolonged for no less than seven days.

The different areas affected by this circuit breaker embody Zone 1, Moncton area, as far north as and together with Sainte-Anne-de-Kent; the northern portion of Zone 3 from and together with Deerville and Florenceville-Bristol, however excluding Hayesville and Parker Ridge, in addition to all of Zone 4, the Edmundston area.

The Campbellton area, Zone 5, can also be beneath a circuit breaker, scheduled to finish subsequent Friday.

“While we are making progress, it is important that everyone continue to follow the measures in place where they live,” Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of well being, mentioned in a press release.

“Every action you take, big and small, has an impact. I encourage you to make good choices so that your impact is a positive one.”

Breakdown of recent instances

Of the 48 new instances of COVID-19 confirmed Friday, 27 — or 56 per cent — are unvaccinated, 12 — or 25 per cent —  are partially vaccinated, and 9 — or 19 per cent — are absolutely vaccinated.

Of the 28 folks in hospital, 17 are unvaccinated, three are partially vaccinated and eight are absolutely vaccinated.

Of the 17 folks in intensive care, 13 are unvaccinated, two are partially vaccinated and two are absolutely vaccinated.

A complete of 84.7 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 or older are absolutely vaccinated, up from 84.5 on Thursday, whereas 92.5 per cent have acquired no less than one dose, up from 92.4.

The new instances are unfold throughout six of the seven well being areas.

The supply of all of them stays beneath investigation.

New Brunswick’s energetic COVID-19 case depend continued to climb Friday, reaching 556, after dropping to 521 Tuesday from 589 Monday. (Government of New Brunswick )

Here is the regional breakdown:

Moncton area, Zone 1, 17 instances:

  • Eight folks 19 or beneath
  • Two folks 20-29
  • Four folks 30-39
  • An individual 40-49
  • Two folks 50-59

Saint John area, Zone 2, 21 instances:

  • 11 folks 19 or beneath
  • An individual 20-29
  • Three folks 30-39
  • An individual 40-49
  • Three folks 50-59
  • Two folks 60-69

Fredericton area, Zone 3, three instances:

  • An individual 20-29
  • An individual 30-39
  • An individual 60-69

Edmundston area, Zone 4, one case:

Campbellton area, Zone 5, one case:

Miramichi area, Zone 7, 5 instances:

  • Two folks 20-29
  • Two folks 30-39
  • An individual 40-49

New Brunswick has had 6,380 confirmed instances of COVID-19 because the starting of the pandemic, with 5,709 recoveries thus far and 114 COVID-related deaths.

A complete of 525,445 lab checks had been performed up to now.

On Thursday, 6,935 fast check kits had been distributed.

Contact tracing continues, regardless of surge in instances

Public Health continues to contact hint, regardless of the surge in COVID-19 instances in current weeks, says the chief medical officer of well being.

“Obviously, the higher the case count, the more difficult the contact tracing becomes, but the contact tracing is still occurring and we’ve utilized many extra resources to make that happen,” Dr. Jennifer Russell mentioned Thursday, with out elaborating.

On Friday, Department of Health spokesperson Gail Harding instructed CBC News, “In order to meet the demand of the fourth wave of COVID-19, additional interviewers were hired while Public Health inspectors for case and contact tracing activities continued to support efforts.”

“In addition, Outbound Call Centre (OCC) nurses remain available to assist with contact tracing activities as an added layer of support,” she mentioned in an emailed assertion.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of well being, mentioned folks must be conscious that group transmission is going on. (Ed Hunter/CBC)

Public Health is attempting to find out the supply of an all-time excessive of two,631 instances, in accordance with the COVID-19 dashboard Friday.

Just over three weeks in the past, that quantity stood at 1,183 instances.

In June, just 326 instances had been unresolved.

Some provinces gave up contact tracing when case counts acquired too excessive to maintain up.

Some of the New Brunswick instances nonetheless beneath investigation have already recovered, famous Russell. Some of them date again to August, Harding confirmed.

A change in course of has contributed to the rising checklist, division spokesperson Bruce Macfarlane has beforehand mentioned.

To expedite case notification, “calls are being used to notify contacts to isolate within 24 hours with contact tracing personnel following up [at] a later date to investigate,” he mentioned.

Among the instances listed as beneath investigation, about 35 per cent are within the Moncton area, Zone 1, 23 per cent within the Fredericton area, Zone 3, and 17 per cent within the Edmundston area, Zone 4, division figures present.

“A large portion of the ongoing investigations are difficult to determine the exact exposure that resulted in transmission for numerous reasons such as lack of information provided by the case,” mentioned Harding.

“The lack of information makes it difficult for Public Health to determine the true risk of transmission within the community,” she mentioned.

“However, community transmission has been identified in all regions of the province within the most recent wave of the pandemic.”

Russell mentioned folks must be conscious group transmission is going on. She urges everybody to get vaccinated and comply with Public Health measures, whether or not they stay in a circuit-breaker zone or not.

The origin of two,631 COVID-19 instances stays beneath investigation. The others have been deemed both shut contacts, travel-related or group transmission. (Government of New Brunswick)

Since the start of the pandemic, 83 instances have been attributed to group transmission. Close contacts have been deemed the supply of three,048 instances and 618 instances have been travel-related.

Public Health has reviewed greater than 1,000 instances previously week and the COVID dashboard might be up to date Monday, mentioned Harding.

“Public Health is working towards identifying the most likely source of exposure for all cases and will keep N.B. updated when information has been validated,” she mentioned.

More than 1,000 Vitalité employees not absolutely vaccinated as deadline looms

As many as 1,040 Vitalité health-care employees could possibly be positioned on unpaid go away Nov. 20, beneath the province’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, in accordance with figures launched by the regional well being authority Friday.

A complete of 87 per cent of Vitalité 8,000 staff are absolutely vaccinated as of Oct. 25, whereas 91 per cent have acquired a primary dose.

That’s up from 83 per cent and 87 per cent respectively, as of Oct. 11.

But health-care employees have solely till Nov. 19 to indicate both proof they’ve acquired two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or a medical exemption, or they are going to be despatched dwelling with out pay.

“The work is continuing with all our employees and our physicians to increase vaccination rates by Nov. 19,” Vitalité mentioned in a press release.

Lamèque Hospital and Community Health Centre within the Bathurst area, Zone 6, has the very best vaccination fee of absolutely vaccinated employees among the many Vitalité services, at 92 per cent. Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Joseph de Saint-Quentin within the Edmundston area, Zone 4, has the bottom at 65 per cent, in accordance with the figures.

Percentage of absolutely vaccinated Vitalité health-care employees by facility
Zone 1 Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre 88%
  Stella-Maris-de-Kent Hospital 89%
Zone 4 Edmundston Regional Hospital 88%
  Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Joseph de Saint-Quentin 65%
  Grand Falls General Hospital 75%
Zone 5 Campbellton Regional Hospital 82%
  Restigouche Hospital Centre 76%
Zone 6 Chaleur Regional Hospital 88%
  Enfant-Jésus RHSJ Hospital 91%
  Tracadie Hospital 89%
  Lamèque Hospital and Community Health Centre 92%

On Thursday, Premier Blaine Higgs estimated 10 per cent of public sector staff are nonetheless not absolutely vaccinated.

For authorities staff in Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4, which embody the departments usually known as the civil service, the training system, together with academics, bus drivers, and faculty district staff, the health-care system and Crown companies, “it ranges from a vaccination level as high as 93 per cent to some as low as, let’s say, 89 per cent,” he instructed CBC News through the COVID briefing.

Asked what contingency plans are in place for Nov. 20, significantly for the well being sector, Higgs replied, “We are currently working through what impact that has.”

Government staff who’re unvaccinated for non-medical causes will not be accommodated with a work at home association, Health Minister Dorothy Shephard has mentioned.

“As the employer, GNB has made the decision that all employees of GNB need to be vaccinated,” she instructed reporters throughout a COVID briefing.

“There has been a very rigorous process in place to accommodate people to have time to get their vaccinations, to have counselling if they needed it.”

Shephard famous full vaccination is now a prerequisite to be a authorities worker. “So working from home is not an option.”

Higgs mentioned final week the federal government does not intend to extend the deadline for employees to get vaccinated.

New guidelines for youth to enter Nova Scotia

Starting Nov. 1, travellers aged 12 to 18 coming into Nova Scotia will must comply with self-isolation necessities based mostly on their very own COVID-19 vaccination standing.

Since June, youth on this age group have needed to comply with the principles of the least-vaccinated grownup they had been travelling with.

The change means each youth aged 12 and older should have their very own Nova Scotia safe check-in form. An grownup can fill out the shape on their kid’s behalf.

People who aren’t absolutely vaccinated should isolate for seven days and get two unfavorable COVID-19 check ends in Nova Scotia earlier than they will cease isolating. The checks should be lab-based, not fast ones.

Children 11 and beneath will proceed to isolate in accordance with the least-vaccinated grownup they’re with and could be included on the protected check-in type of that grownup.

New instances at 2 colleges, 1 child-care facility

Three instances of COVID-19 have been confirmed at two colleges within the Saint John area, Zone 2, together with one which was not beforehand impacted, the COVID dashboard reveals.

A constructive case or instances have been recognized at Island View School for the primary time, in addition to Simonds High School.

Thirty-two colleges are at the moment impacted. The variety of instances at every college is just not supplied by Public Health or the Department of Education.

A complete of 404 instances of COVID-19 have been confirmed at 111 colleges because the starting of the college 12 months.

A case of COVID-19 has additionally been confirmed at St. Joseph’s Community Preschool and Afterschool Program within the Saint John area, Zone 2, Public Health mentioned in a information launch.

People who’ve been in shut contact with a case might be notified straight by Public Health or the power for contact tracing, in accordance with the discharge.

Sixty early studying and child-care services have had confirmed instances of COVID-19 since Sept. 7. The whole variety of instances has not been supplied.

Atlantic COVID roundup

Nova Scotia reported 26 new instances of COVID-19 on Friday and has 169 energetic instances. Ten individuals are hospitalized due to the virus, together with one in intensive care.

Newfoundland and Labrador confirmed eight new instances, placing its energetic case depend at 99. One particular person is in hospital.

Prince Edward Island reported two new instances Wednesday, marking the one energetic instances on the Island. 

Public publicity notices

Public Health added new public publicity notices Friday, together with each hospitals in Saint John, Zone 2.

For the complete checklist of recent and former public publicity notices, please go to the government of New Brunswick’s website.

Public Health recommends that individuals who haven’t been absolutely vaccinated no less than 14 days previous to a attainable publicity get a COVID check, even when they do not have signs. They can e book an appointment online or name Tele-Care 811.

If they do have signs, they have to isolate whereas they await their outcomes.

It can take as much as 14 days to check constructive after being uncovered to COVID-19 so even when their outcomes comes again unfavorable, they need to proceed to self-monitor for any signs and get examined instantly if any develop.

They also needs to keep away from visiting settings with susceptible populations, similar to nursing houses, correctional services and shelters throughout that 14-day interval.

For individuals who have been absolutely vaccinated no less than 14 days previous to a attainable publicity, Public Health recommends they monitor for signs for 14 days after the attainable publicity and get a COVID check if signs develop.

They don’t have to isolate whereas they wait for his or her check outcomes.

What to do in case you have a symptom

People involved they could have COVID-19 can take a self-assessment test online.

Public Health says signs of the sickness have included a fever above 38 C, a brand new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nostril, headache, a brand new onset of fatigue, and problem respiration.

In youngsters, signs have additionally included purple markings on the fingers and toes.

People with a type of signs ought to keep at dwelling, name 811 or their physician and comply with directions.

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