Province declares COVID-19 outbreak at Moncton special care home

New Brunswick – In a press briefing from Fredericton today, Tuesday, Oct. 6, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell and Premier Blaine Higgs announced an outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at a special-care home in the province.

The new cases are:

  • an individual between 70 and 79; and
  • an individual between 80 and 89.

Both cases are linked to Notre-Dame Manor, a special-care home in Moncton which has 112 residents and 56 employees.

“We are deeply concerned for the remaining 110 residents and 56 employees,” said Russell.  “As mass testing team was on site earlier today at the Manor, and all residents and staff are being tested today.

“We are aware that some staff members have reported potential symptoms of COVID-19.  We are moving quickly to isolate those who may have become infected.”

Russell said the Provincial Rapid Outbreak Management Team (PROMPT) is onsite responding to outbreak.

The process of contact tracing and rapid testing of the facility’s residents and staff is under way, and admissions and visits to the manor are on hold until further notice. All other facilities are to follow current public health guidance under yellow phase unless otherwise directed.

“This is a reminder to all New Brunswickers that the virus is still with us and presents an ongoing threat to our most vulnerable members of society,” said Russell.  “And we will not be able to bring the risk to zero ever.

“We definitely must respect and observe the rules that will limit the spread.

“Our continued success in limiting the spread of COVID-19 depends on your resolve to maintain these actions and follow the rules. Vigilance is required by all of us.

Russell reiterated sentiments from Friday’s briefing, encouraging residents to be careful over the holiday weekend. “We’re going into the Thanksgiving weekend and want everyone to enjoy the holiday in the company of family and friends.  So really, having small gatherings outside, the physical distancing, masks, etc. are so very important.”

“While today’s news is not welcome, it is not entirely unexpected,” said Higgs.  “We knew that COVID-19 was not done with our province.

“Some wondered why all the precautions were still necessary.  Today’s announcement is why.

“This pandemic is far from over.”

Higgs echoed Russell’s statements that New Brunswickers need to follow public  health protocols like washing your hands, wearing masks, maintaining physical distancing as much as possible, keeping gatherings small, and contacts as limited as possible.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 205 and 198 have recovered. There have been two deaths, and the number of active cases is five. As of today, 80,809 tests have been conducted.

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