Rising COVID-19 numbers prompt New Brunswick hospitals to move to Red Alert level – CTV

Oct. 12, 2021

FREDERICTON, N.B. – Hospitals in New Brunswick are moving to the Red Alert level and postponing some non-urgent procedures because of a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across the province.
There are more than 1,000 active reported cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick, and as of Monday, 56 people were hospitalized with the disease, including 20 in intensive care. New Brunswick has reported 75 COVID-19-related deaths.

Hospitals in the Vitalite Health Network moved to the Red Alert level Tuesday, although the Campbellton Regional Hospital imposed emergency measures last week to address an in-hospital outbreak. Under a Red Alert designation, hospitals are able to reduce or temporarily suspend services such as elective surgeries and non-urgent X-rays and scans.

We must go to Red Alert internally so we can temporarily reduce or suspend non-essential services and thereby redeploy staff to maintain our emergency services and intensive care units and the care of patients with COVID-19 who are hospitalized,” Vitalite CEO Dr. France Desrosiers said in a statement last week.

Read more: https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/rising-covid-19-numbers-prompt-new-brunswick-hospitals-to-move-to-red-alert-level-1.5619779

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