Community Update – February 18, 2022

Situation Report

Friday, February 18, 2022

Vitalité Health Network is providing this situation report in the context of the COVID 19 pandemic. This report will be updated as needed, as the situation changes.

Alert level

The decline in hospitalized cases of COVID-19 is allowing the Network to announce a gradual resumption of its service levels, including elective (non-urgent) surgeries. Although this downward trend is encouraging, caution is still needed, and the Network remains at the red level. This decision is based on the fact that half of the COVID-19-related hospitalizations are in the Network’s hospitals; there are a high number of cases at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont UHC as well as the Edmundston Regional Hospital.

Service levels are gradually resuming in all sectors, including the following:

  • Professional services (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, audiology, clinical nutrition, respiratory therapy, etc.);
  • Medical imaging services (X-rays, scans, etc.);
  • Surgical services (elective surgeries);
  • Ambulatory care services (outpatient clinics);
  • Phlebotomy services (bloodwork).

Mask wearing in the Network’s points of service

Wearing a mask remains mandatory for patients and designated support persons (DSP) who enter our facilities (exception: children under age two). We ask people to remove their own mask and put on one provided by the Network. The goal is to ensure that everyone is wearing a clean and sterile mask.

Potential exposures, outbreaks and visits

General visits are still suspended in all Network hospitals.

Visits by DSPs are also temporarily suspended at the Edmundston Regional Hospital and the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont UHC, as well as on several units in the Network’s other hospitals due to potential exposures to COVID-19 or COVID-19 outbreaks. See the full list on our website.

The Network acknowledges that these restrictions are difficult for patients and families. They are in place to ensure the safety of patients, DSPs and health care workers. The Network encourages people to use technology, whenever possible, to stay in contact with their loved ones in hospital.

Vaccination clinics

The Network encourages people to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to get a booster. The vaccination clinic schedule and locations are posted on the Network's website and updated regularly.


Facility Bed occupancy rate Number of COVID-19
patients hospitalized
Number of positive health care workers removed from work Health care workers removed from work due to a contact
Beauséjour Zone (region 1)     48 33
Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont UHC 100% 11 (3 in
Intensive Care)
Stella-Maris-de-Kent Hospital 135% 0    
Northwest Zone (region 4)     36 36
Edmundston Regional Hospital 92% 13    
Grand Falls General Hospital 100% 0    
Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Joseph de Saint-Quentin 67% 0    
Restigouche Zone (region 5)     19 8
Campbellton Regional Hospital 96% 2    
Acadie-Bathurst Zone (region 6)     30 11
Chaleur Regional Hospital 78% 6    
Tracadie Hospital 100% 0    
Enfant-Jésus RHSJ† Hospital 117% 0    
Lamèque Hospital and CHC 100% 0    
Vitalité Health Network 94% 32 133 88

(As of February 18, 2022)

For up-to-date information, please visit the Network's website or follow us on our social media platforms.

Thank you for your cooperation with our various measures, which are necessary to protect the safety of our patients, staff, physicians and communities.