COVID-19: Outbreak declared at Edmundston Regional Hospital
Edmundston, Friday, January 7, 2022 – With the growing number of COVID-19 cases and exposures within various nursing units of the facility, Vitalité Health Network is declaring an outbreak at the Edmundston Regional Hospital.
The facility has 14 admitted patients with COVID-19, 3 of whom are in Intensive Care, and exposures in 3 nursing units. Due to the risks associated with transmission of the virus, admissions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis depending on each patient’s condition and limited to cases where admission is required.
Visits by designated support persons
Visits by designated support persons (DSPs) are suspended until further notice, except for patients at end-of-life (palliative care and medical assistance in dying) and in obstetrics (deliveries), pediatrics and intensive care.
Patients with appointments can report to the hospital on their scheduled day and time. The Network will contact patients whose appointments must be rescheduled.
- Emergency Department: The emergency room is open, but people are asked to limit their visits to urgent cases.
- Surgical services: Slowdown of activities; urgent surgeries continue as well as day surgeries (not requiring hospitalization).
- Ambulatory care services: Slowdown of activities.
- Oncology and hemodialysis services: Services continue.
- Professional services (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, audiology, nutrition, respiratory therapy, etc.): Slowdown of activities.
- Medical imaging services (x-rays, scans, etc.): Slowdown of activities.
Phlebotomy (bloodwork): The Network asks patients to only come to the hospital in cases where their bloodwork cannot wait.
The Network thanks the public for their valuable collaboration. All necessary measures are being taken to keep patients, designated support persons and health care workers safe. Our objective is to maintain essential services for the population of the Northwest.