COVID-19 outbreaks hit 12 nursing homes – CBC

Government refuses to release number of infected residents, staff, cites privacy

Nov 03, 2022

At least 12 nursing homes in New Brunswick are dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks, as the province braces for a surge in COVID and flu activity this fall and winter.

That’s more than double the number of nursing home outbreaks around the same time last year, but about half as many as there were in April, shortly after the province lifted all COVID protective measures.

CBC requested the total number of cases at the 12 nursing homes, the breakdown of infected residents and staff, the number of deaths at each home, if any, as well as the vaccination rates among residents and staff, but Department of Social Development spokesperson Rebecca Howland redirected inquiries to the Department of Health.

“At an earlier stage of the pandemic, the Department of Health asked staff at Social Development to help with the management of data related to outbreaks in long-term care facilities,” said Health spokesperson Adam Bowie.

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