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Edmundston Regional Hospital suspends visits due to COVID-19 outbreak

File photo of surgical masks. Don Mitchell / Global News

Visitation has temporarily been suspended at New Brunswick’s Edmundston Regional Hospital due to an outbreak of COVID-19 at the facility.

The measures take effect immediately.

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CEO of the Vitalité Network, Dr. France Desrosiers, says they are investigating and the decision has been made to protect the safety of patients and staff.

Vitalité is asking the public to avoid the emergency department at the Edmundston Regional Hospital unless cases are extremely urgent.

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At a COVID-19 update on Thursday, Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health, confirmed that there is a COVID-19 outbreak at the Edmundston Regional Hospital.

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She said that there are currently two COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit. She also confirmed that three healthcare workers working in the intensive care unit have also caught the virus.

An additional patient was admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 on Thursday.

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All patients who have appointments Thursday may attend following COVID-19 protocols, unless contacted by the facility.

Palliative care, maternity and pediatrics are not affected by the suspension.

Vitalité says the suspension will remain in effect until further notice.

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