Community Update – October 1, 2021

Situation Report

Friday, October 1, 2021

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

Service level

The Network monitors the development of the pandemic on a daily basis. We keep a close eye on our health care system. The Network’s goal is to maintain the most comprehensive level of service possible for the public.

Our priorities are to maintain the following essential services: emergency departments, urgent surgeries, intensive care, COVID-19 testing within 48 hours, vaccination of the population against COVID-19 and care of patients with COVID-19.

Temporary service reductions may be considered in the following areas: elective surgeries; non-urgent ambulatory care procedures, certain ambulatory chronic disease control and prevention services, non-urgent cases in emergency departments.

Measures currently in place:

  • Campbellton Regional Hospital: temporary reduction of elective surgeries
  • Edmundston Regional Hospital: temporary reduction of certain ambulatory care services
  • Temporary conversion of concentrated care beds at the Tracadie Hospital to telemetry beds


Facility Bed occupancy rate Number of COVID-19
patients hospitalized
Number of health care workers removed from work
Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont UHC 115.4% 1  
Edmundston Regional Hospital 82.5% 10 (including 4
in intensive care)
Campbellton Regional Hospital 121.8% 1 (in intensive care)  
Chaleur Regional Hospital 91.5% 0  
Vitalité Health Network   12 21

(As of October 1, 2021)
Data from other Network hospitals will be published in a future update

Guidelines for visitors

New guidelines for visitors are now in force. Only people who have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days can visit patients in the hospital. This requirement does not apply to designated support persons (DSP) and accompanying persons. For more information.

Testing Centres

The Network has 12 COVID-19 testing centres in its territory. Anyone who thinks that they may have been exposed to the virus should not hesitate to get tested, even if they have no symptoms. Booking an appointment is easy: simply register by completing the government’s online form or call Tele-Care 811.

Our testing centres are receiving a higher number of requests than usual. In some regions, it may take longer to get an appointment. Urgent requests are prioritized and booked within 24 to 48 hours. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these busy times.

Vaccination rates of health care workers

The Network presents the vaccination rates of its health care workers. The work continues with all our employees and our physicians to increase vaccination rates and slow the spread of COVID-19 in New Brunswick.

Since vaccination rates of health care workers fluctuate over time, data sources are difficult to access and due to current limitations of our systems, numbers may vary. We are always working on improving our data collection systems to be able to produce increasingly accurate statistics in a timely manner.

Numbers dating back to a few weeks or from different sources have recently been made public. The Network apologizes for any confusion that this situation might have caused.

Network Overview

Fully vaccinated rate
(2 doses)
79% Vaccination rate for the first dose 83%

Percentage of fully vaccinated health care workers by facility

Beauséjour Zone (region 1) Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont UHC 80%
Stella-Maris-de-Kent Hospital 81%
Nord-Ouest Zone (region 4) Edmundston Regional Hospital 83%
Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Joseph de Saint-Quentin 61%
Grand Falls General Hospital 69%
Restigouche Zone (region 5) Campbellton Regional Hospital 74%
Restigouche Hospital Centre 69%
Acadie-Bathurst Zone (region 6) Chaleur Regional Hospital 80%
Enfant-Jésus RHSJ† Hospital 85%
Tracadie Hospital 84%
Lamèque Hospital and Community Health Centre 86%

(As of September 28, 2021)

Visits prohibited on certain units

Due to potential exposures to the COVID-19 virus, visits are currently prohibited as follows:

  • Community Reintegration Unit (B-2) at Restigouche Hospital Centre;

Immunization status of health care workers

The Network is aware that more and more patients would like to know about the immunization status of the health care worker providing them with health care or services. This is confidential information that health care workers and the Network are unable to disclose.

However, we can assure you that, in accordance with the directives currently issued by Public Health, Network health care workers who are not vaccinated will have to be tested three times a week. In addition, compliance with sanitary measures and the wearing of personal protective equipment is at 100%.

Rest assured that we are making every effort to ensure the safety of patients and our staff while respecting the rights and freedoms of each of our health care workers.

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Thank you for your cooperation while we protect the safety of our patients, clients, employees and communities.