N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 11 new circumstances, Edmundston hospital 'at essential level'

The Edmundston Regional Hospital is getting ready for the approaching switch of sufferers after an inflow of COVID-19 circumstances in intensive care.

New Brunswick reported a record-high variety of hospitalizations for the second day on Sunday. There are 15 folks within the hospital, together with seven in intensive case.

Most of these sufferers are within the hard-hit Edmundston area (Zone 4). It has seen a latest spike in circumstances, together with unfold of the B117 variant.

There are actually 162 energetic circumstances, with 136 in Zone 4.

The province reported 11 new circumstances of COVID-19 on Sunday, largely concentrated within the northwest.

Within the Edmundston area (Zone 4), there are 9 new circumstances:

Two folks of their 20s. An individual of their 30s. An individual of their 40s. Three folks of their 50s. Two folks of their 60s.

Public Well being mentioned two of the circumstances are contacts of a earlier case, whereas the remaining are underneath investigation.

Within the Saint John area (Zone 2), there are two new circumstances:

An individual 19 and underneath, who’s a contact of a earlier case. An individual of their 40s, travel-related. (CBC Information)

New Brunswick has confirmed 1,652 complete circumstances, together with 1,459 recoveries. There have been 30 deaths.

Public Well being carried out 517 assessments on Saturday, for a complete of 260,910 because the begin of the pandemic.

Precarious state of affairs

Gabriel St-Amant, an emergency room physician, mentioned the state of affairs is precarious with extra hospital admissions every day.

“We’re scared there’s going to be a day the place we will should resolve who dies and who lives, as a result of we can’t have the capability to simply accept everybody,” he advised Radio-Canada.

St-Amant mentioned the hospital’s COVID unit has sufficient capability for as much as 26 sufferers with low-to-moderate care wants. The ICU requires substantial staffing, so house is restricted to about 9 folks.

Dr. Gabriel St-Amand works within the emergency room on the Edmundston Regional Hospital. (Radio-Canada)

“We have reached a essential level and if the state of affairs does not enhance, there’s people who find themselves going to die immediately from COVID and there is going to be individuals who die not directly from COVID due to a scarcity of sources,” St-Amant mentioned.

Employees are discussing the potential for making the unit designated for COVID sufferers solely, sending folks with out the virus to different hospitals. 

Dr. France Desrosiers, president and CEO of Vitalité Well being Community, mentioned the regional hospital is almost at most capability.

“We may have depleted all obtainable sources to supply secure well being care throughout an emergency state of affairs,” she mentioned in an announcement Saturday night.

We’re scared there’s going to be a day the place we will should resolve who dies and who lives.– Dr. Gabriel St-Amant

Along with the state of affairs on the hospital, there are two energetic outbreaks at Edmundston care houses.

Circumstances have been confirmed at Résidence Rolande Lengthy and Lobby Saint-Jacques.

Case at Saint John college

A college within the Saint John space is reporting a constructive case of COVID-19.

Loch Lomond Faculty has notified households and neighborhood members. Public Well being is conducting contact tracing and anybody impacted will probably be reached immediately.

Households will probably be contacted if there are any impacts to studying.

What to do when you have a symptom

Folks involved they could have COVID-19 signs can take a self-assessment take a look at on-line. 

Public Well being says signs proven by folks with COVID-19 have included:

Fever above 38 C.

New cough or worsening persistent cough.

Sore throat.

Runny nostril.

Headache.

New onset of fatigue, muscle ache, diarrhea, lack of sense of style or odor.

Issue respiration.

In youngsters, signs have additionally included purple markings on the fingers and toes.

Folks with a kind of signs ought to:

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