Community Update – October 14, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 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 – red alert
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.
All Vitalité Health Network hospitals and facilities have been placed on red alert since October 12, 2021. In practical terms, this means that all non-essential health care and services are reduced or temporarily suspended:
- Ambulatory care services;
- Professional services (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, etc.);
- Non-urgent medical imaging services (x-rays, scans, etc.);
- Elective surgeries.
It is necessary to go to red alert internally so that we can redeploy staff to maintain our emergency departments and intensive care units and the care of patients with COVID-19 who are hospitalized.
All affected patients will be contacted by Vitalité Health Network or their health care provider directly if we need to cancel their non-urgent surgery, procedure or appointment. If you have an appointment at a Network hospital or facility and have not been contacted, please attend your appointment as planned.
Due to the increase in the number of cases in the province, general visits are prohibited until further notice in all Vitalité Health Network hospitals. This ban does not apply to designated support persons (DSPs) who must follow the health measures in place.
Patients receiving the following types of care and services may have a DSP:
- Palliative care (end of life)
- Pediatric / child psychiatry services
- Obstetric (labour, delivery and post partum) services
- Intensive and intermediate care
- Hospitalization for more than 14 days
- Medical assistance in dying
Immunization record and health care delivery
Vitalité Health Network has learned that some members of the public are contacting our staff to obtain falsified immunization records. This is unacceptable!
Please do not contact our staff or physicians with a request to produce fake medical records. Falsifying health records and medical information is illegal. Our staff will not fulfill such requests.
The Network also wishes to make it clear that it provides health care to anyone who needs it, whether or not they are vaccinated. However, in some circumstances, a COVID-19 test is required prior to certain procedures. This measure is necessary to ensure the safety of patients and health care workers while protecting the ability of our health care system to provide care.
To protect yourself and those around you, get vaccinated!
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|Facility||Bed occupancy rate||
Number of COVID-19
|Number of health care workers removed from work|
|Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont UHC||117%||
2 in ICU)
|Edmundston Regional Hospital||76%||
4 in ICU)
|Grand Falls General Hospital||105%||0|
|Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Joseph de Saint-Quentin||100%||0|
|Campbellton Regional Hospital||115%||
1 in ICU)
|Chaleur Regional Hospital||92%||2 in ICU|
|Enfant-Jésus RHSJ† Hospital||133%||0|
|Lamèque Hospital and CHC||108%||0|
|Vitalité Health Network||103%||29||67|
(As of October 14, 2021)
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.
Fully vaccinated rate
|83%||Vaccination rate for the first dose||87%|
Percentage of fully vaccinated health care workers by facility
|Beauséjour Zone (region 1)||Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont UHC||86%|
|Nord-Ouest Zone (region 4)||Edmundston Regional Hospital||86%|
|Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Joseph de Saint-Quentin||65%|
|Grand Falls General Hospital||71%|
|Restigouche Zone (region 5)||Campbellton Regional Hospital||75%|
|Restigouche Hospital Centre||70%|
|Acadie-Bathurst Zone (region 6)||Chaleur Regional Hospital||83%|
|Enfant-Jésus RHSJ† Hospital||88%|
|Lamèque Hospital and Community Health Centre||88%|
(As of October 11, 2021)
Thank you to our employees and physicians
The fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the province of New Brunswick with full force and is placing a considerable strain on the health care system. Vitalité Health Network would like to thank all its health care workers for their commitment, resilience and professionalism during this difficult time. Together, we will get through this!
Please visit www.vitalitenb.ca and follow us on our social media platform for current information.
Thank you for your cooperation while we protect the safety of our patients, clients, employees and communities.