Survivor stories from a deadly COVID-19 outbreak at a New Brunswick nursing home – CBC

Residents, family members and workers at Villa Renaissance open up about fear, fatigue and fallout

Dec 08, 2021

When Réa Bérubé and Denise Savage met in person for the first time, they embraced as dear friends.

The two share a deep bond because of what they went through during the deadly COVID-19 outbreak in October at a northern New Brunswick nursing home.

Bérubé learned on Oct. 16 that her 88-year-old mother had been infected at Villa Renaissance in Dalhousie.

Savage was the nurse on the provincial rapid outbreak management team who broke the news to her a short time later that her mother’s condition was deteriorating.

“She informed me that there was already crackling in Mom’s left anterior lung,” Bérubé said.

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