While the number of active COVID-19 cases dropped in New Brunswick on Monday, healthcare facilities are still grappling with the effects of the virus, including Moncton Hospital, which is currently experiencing an outbreak in its oncology units and General Surgery.
According to Horizon Health, 14 patients and 10 staff members are affected by the outbreaks.
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Massive testing is underway and both units are currently closed to admissions and transfers.
“Unit staff are following improved IPC (infection prevention control) guidelines and foot traffic to these units will be limited to essential services, such as food services,” said Christa Wheeler-Thorne, executive director of the hospital, in a statement.
“I would like to congratulate our staff, including employee health and our IPC staff, for their prompt and comprehensive response to this situation. Their efforts have been instrumental in tracking and containing these outbreaks. “
The increasing number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, including ICU admissions, has also prompted Horizon Health to request that Designated Support Persons (DSPs) be fully vaccinated by November 19 to visit hospitalized patients. and accompanying people to outpatient appointments.
Visitor entry to Horizon Health hospitals has already been restricted since October 8.
Extension of the temporary closure of the labor and delivery unit
Horizon Health also said Monday that the temporary closure of the labor and delivery unit at Upper River Valley Hospital in Waterville, NB, will remain in effect until November 2 “at the earliest.”
The health network says the closure is necessary due to staff adjustments to provide care for COVID-19 patients at the hospital.
Pregnant women will need to travel to Horizon’s Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton to deliver their babies.
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