Safety Is Not Negotiable – Pandemic Preparedness – the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Last Updated: 10:50 A.M., Friday, April 16, 2021

This page is intended to provide general information on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. NBNU will be updating this page with additional information as it becomes available. Guidelines for novel coronavirus COVID-19, targeted at health care workers, are currently under development by the Public Health Agency of Canada as well as by provincial public health offices.

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Memos:
Memo Date
2021-03-01 COVID-19 Application of Leave ProvisionsMarch 2, 2021
COVID-19] HR Bulletin #34 - Mental Health Supports // [COVID-19] Bulletin des RH no 34 – Soutien en santé mentaleJanuary 26, 2021
HR Bulletin 33 Restriction of Movement of Staff COVID-19 Bulletin des RH no 33 Restriction de travail en dehors d’EM ANBJanuary 22, 2021
2020-12-18 Revised - Application of leave provisions_ENDecember 21, 2020
[COVID-19] HR Bulletin #32 – Travel Outside of New BrunswickDecember 17, 2020
HR Bulletin #29 – Following Public Health Guidelines Part 3November 13, 2020
2020-11-02 Leave Table Revised_ENNovember 4, 2020
HR23 Mental Health Support - RH23 Soutien en santé mentaleOctober 20, 2020
Mindwell-2020-06-26-ENGOctober 20, 2020
Application of Leaves Provisions EMANBOctober 14, 2020
Summer vacation and travel outside New BrunswickJune 30, 2020
Mental Health Support - MindwellJune 26, 2020
Mindwell June 26, 2020
Travel RestrictionsJune 5, 2020
HR Bulletin #15 - Child care responsibilitiesApril 24, 2020
Weekly Webinars April 14-17, 2020April 14, 2020
Mental Health Tips During COVID-19April 14, 2020
HR Bulletin #14 – Extended School ClosureApril 9, 2020
HR Bulletin – Preventative Measures in the WorkplaceApril 8, 2020
HR Bulletin #12 – Testing for Health Care WorkersApril 1, 2020
HR Bulletin #11 – Travel Outside of New Brunswick - UPDATEDMarch 29, 2020
HR Bulletin #10: Updates on Daycare Leave and WHSNBMarch 27, 2020
HR Bulletin #9: Mental HealthMarch 27, 2020
Employee ScreeningMarch 24, 2020
COVID-19 HR Bulletin #7: Self-IsolationMarch 20, 2020
Recommendations on preventive measures for health care workers who are pregnant or breastfeedingMarch 20, 2020
COVID-19: HR Bulletin #6 - Vacation Leave and Annual SchedulingMarch 18, 2020
COVID-19: HR Bulletin #5 – Mental Health in the WorkplaceMarch 17, 2020
COVID-19: HR Bulletin #4: COVID-19 and Child Care LeavesMarch 17, 2020
COVID-19: HR Bulletin #3 - International TravelMarch 16, 2020
COVID-19: HR Bulletin #2 – Protecting Ourselves & OthersMarch 15, 2020
COVID-19 : HR Bulletin #1 – Leaves of AbsencesMarch 13, 2020
Memo Date
Summary Bulletin 135 - COVID-19 - April 15, 2021April 15, 2021
Bulletin #135a - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Why We Wear Masks When Vaccinated - Apr 15 2021April 15, 2021
Bulletin #135b - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - SOP for AGMP and Oxygen Delivery - Apr 15 2021April 15, 2021
Bulletin #135c - COVID-19 - Self-screening Reminder - Apr 15 2021April 15, 2021
Bulletin #135d - COVID-19 -HR Reminders - Apr 15 2021April 15, 2021
Bulletin #135e - COVID-19 - Atlantic Bubble - Apr 15 2021April 15, 2021
Bulletin #135f - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from April 13 - Apr 15 2021April 15, 2021
Bulletin #135g - COVID-19 - GNB Interval for the administration of the second dose for healthcare workers - Apr 15 2021April 15, 2021
Summary Bulletin 134 - COVID-19 - April 9, 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134a - COVID-19 - Bioethics Grand Rounds with Karen McGrath - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134b - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Why We Wear Masks When Vaccinated - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134c - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Food Safety - All Phases - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134d - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Inpatient Hair Services - Yellow Phase - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134e - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Stryker’s Flyte PPE System - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134f - COVID-19 - Bulletin Satisfaction Survey - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134g - COVID-19 - Self-screening Reminder and Masks - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134h - COVID-19 - Donated Cloth Patient Items - Yellow Phase - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134i - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from April 6 - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134i - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from April 6 - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134k - COVID-19 - GNB Guidance on Use of Eye Protection - All Phases - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Summary Bulletin 133 - COVID-19 - March 31, 2021March 31, 2021
Bulletin #133a - COVID-19 - Self Screening Reminder - Mar 31 2021March 31, 2021
Bulletin #133b - COVID-19 - Horizon Dasboard Data from March 30 - Mar 31 2021March 31, 2021
Bulletin #133c - COVID-19 - Moncton Area Vaccinations Clinics - Mar 31 2021March 31, 2021
Bulletin #133d - COVID-19 - GNB Guidance on AstraZeneca - Mar 31 2021March 31, 2021
Bulletin #133e - COVID-19 - GNB Directive on Rotational Workers - Mar 31 2021March 31, 2021
Bulletin #133f- COVID-19 - GNB Directive on Contact Management Related to Suspect Variant Cases - Mar 31 2021March 31, 2021
Bulletin #133g - COVID-19 - GNB News Release from March 31 - Mar 31 2021March 31, 2021
Summary Bulletin 132 - COVID-19 - March 25, 2021March 25, 2021
Bulletin #132a - COVID-19 - Vaccination Clinic Update Recorded Zoom Session - Mar 25 2021March 25, 2021
Bulletin #132b - COVID-19 - Precautions Related to Zone 4 - Mar 25 2021March 25, 2021
Bulletin #132c - COVID-19 - Limit Travel Between Units and Self-Screening Reminder - March 25 2021March 25, 2021
Bulletin #132d - COVID-19 - Staff Support for Vaccination Clinics - Mar 25 2021March 25, 2021
Bulletin #132e - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from March 23 - Mar 25 2021March 25, 2021
Bulletin #132f - COVID-19 - GNB News Release from March 24 - Mar 25 2021March 25, 2021
Summary Bulletin 131 - COVID-19 - March 19, 2021March 19, 2021
Bulletin #131a - COVID-19 - Vaccination Information Priority Groups - Mar 19 2021March 19, 2021
Bulletin #131b - COVID-19 - Precautions Related to Edmundston Outbreak - Mar 19 2021March 19, 2021
Bulletin #131c - COVID-19 - Reminder to Staff Working at Vaccination Clinics - Meals - Mar 19 2021March 19, 2021
Bulletin #131d - COVID-19 - GNB News Releases from March 18 and 19 - Mar 19 2021March 19, 2021
Special Bulletin - COVID-19 - CORRECTION Vaccine Access Pregnancy and Breastfeeding - Mar 15 2021March 18, 2021
Summary Bulletin 130 - COVID-19 - March 18, 2021March 18, 2021
Bulletin #130a - COVID-19 - Hand Hygiene and Self Screening Reminders - Mar 18 2021March 18, 2021
Bulletin #130b - COVID-19 - Compensation for Travel Related to COVID-19 Vaccination - Mar 18 2021March 18, 2021
Bulletin #130c - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from March 16 - Mar 18 2021March 18, 2021
Bulletin #130d - COVID-19 - GNB Complex Medical Conditions for Providers - Mar 18 2021March 18, 2021
Summary Bulletin 129 - COVID-19 - March 12, 2021March 12, 2021
Bulletin #129a - COVID-19 - Precautions Related to Edmundston Outbreak - Mar 12 2021March 12, 2021
Bulletin #129b - COVID-19 - Self Screening Reminder - Mar 12 2021March 12, 2021
Bulletin #129c - COVID-19 - GNB News Release from March 12 - Mar 12 2021March 12, 2021
Special Bulletin - COVID-19 - Prioritized Vaccination Appointment Invitations Sent - Mar 12 2021March 12, 2021
Summary Bulletin 128 - COVID-19 - March 11, 2021March 11, 2021
Bulletin #128a - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from March 9 - Mar 11 2021March 11, 2021
Bulletin #128b - COVID-19 - GNB Rapid Swabs for Symptomatic Admitted Patients - Yellow Phase - Mar 11 2021March 11, 2021
Bulletin #128c - COVID-19 - GNB Revised COVID-19 Ethics Framework - Mar 11 2021March 11, 2021
Bulletin #128d - COVID-19 - GNB Revised Medical Assistance in Dying - Mar 11 2021March 11, 2021
Bulletin #128e - COVID-19 - GNB News Release from March 11 - Mar 11 2021March 11, 2021
Special Bulletin - COVID-19 - Vaccination for Employees with Indirect Patient Care - Mar 10 2021March 10, 2021
Special Bulletin - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Updated Guidance on Ambulatory Care and Outpatient Services - Mar 9 2021March 9, 2021
Special Bulletin - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Revised Directive on Masks and Eye Protection - Mar 9 2021March 9, 2021
Summary Bulletin 127 - COVID-19 - March 8, 2021March 8, 2021
Bulletin #127a - COVID-19 - Bioethics Grand Rounds with Margaret Melanson - Mar 8 2021March 8, 2021
Bulletin #127b - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from March 7 - Mar 8 2021March 8, 2021
Bulletin #127c - COVID-19 - GNB News Release from March 8 - Mar 8 2021March 8, 2021
Summary Bulletin #126 - COVID-19 - March 5, 2021March 8, 2021
Bulletin #126a - COVID-19 - Medical Grade Face Masks Required - March 5 2021March 8, 2021
Bulletin #126b - COVID-19 - PA Assessment Centre Suspended - March 5 2021March 8, 2021
Bulletin #126c - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from March 4 - March 5 2021March 8, 2021
Bulletin #126d - COVID-19 - GNB News Release - March 5, 2021March 8, 2021
Summary Bulletin 125 - COVID-19 - March 4, 2021March 5, 2021
Bulletin #125a - COVID-19 - Call for Respiratory Therapists to Support COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics - Mar 4 2021March 5, 2021
Bulletin #125b - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Updated Take Out Food and Homemade Food - All Phases - Mar 4 2021March 5, 2021
Bulletin #125c - COVID-19 - GNB News Release from March 3 - Mar 4 2021March 5, 2021
Summary Bulletin 124 - COVID-19 - March 3, 2021March 3, 2021
Bulletin #124a - COVID-19 - End of Life Care for COVID-19 Positive Patients - Mar 3 2021March 3, 2021
Bulletin #124b - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from March 2 - Mar 3 2021March 3, 2021
Bulletin #124c - COVID-19 - GNB Use of N95 Masks Where PROMT is Activated - Mar 3 2021March 3, 2021
Bulletin #124d - COVID-19 - GNB Guidance for Alcohol Based Hand Rub in Nursing Homes - Mar 3 2021March 3, 2021
Bulletin #124e - COVID-19 - GNB Change to Asympotmatic Testing Eligibility in Nursing Homes - Mar 3 2021March 3, 2021
Bulletin #124f - COVID-19 - Recommendations on Vaccines and Tuberculin Skin Testing from NACI - Mar 3 2021March 3, 2021
Summary Bulletin 123 - COVID-19 - Feb. 26 2021February 26, 2021
Bulletin #123a - COVID-19 - Key Messages for Orange Level Visitor Guidelines - Feb 26 2021February 26, 2021
Bulletin #123b - COVID-19 - Accessing Your Horizon Email Account - Feb 26 2021February 26, 2021
Bulletin #123c - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from Feb. 25 - Feb 26 2021February 26, 2021
Bulletin #123d - COVID-19 - GNB Palliative Care Visitation in All Phases - Feb 26 2021February 26, 2021
Bulletin #123e - COVID-19 - GNB News Release from Feb. 26 - Feb 26 2021February 26, 2021
Bulletin #123f - COVID-19 - GNB Reporting Adverse Events Following Immunization - Feb 26 2021February 26, 2021
Summary Bulletin 122 - COVID-19 - Feb. 25 2021February 25, 2021
Bulletin #122a - COVID-19 - Vaccination Update - Feb 25 2021February 25, 2021
Bulletin #122b - COVID-19 - Respectful Behaviour - Feb 25 2021February 25, 2021
Bulletin #122c - COVID-19 - Updated Leave Table Current as of Feb. 25, 2021 - Feb 25 2021February 25, 2021
Bulletin #122d - COVID-19 - IPC Guidelines Zoom Sessions - Feb 25 2021February 25, 2021
Bulletin #122e - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from Feb. 23 - Feb 25 2021February 25, 2021
Summary Bulletin 120 - COVID-19 - Feb. 17 2021February 17, 2021
Bulletin #120a - COVID-19 - HR New Screening Criteria for Employees and Physicians - Feb 17 2021February 17, 2021
Bulletin #120b - COVID-19 - Staff Support for Vaccination Clinics - Feb 17 2021February 17, 2021
Bulletin #120c - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from Feb. 16 - Feb 17 2021February 17, 2021
Bulletin #120d - COVID-19 - GNB News Release from Feb. 17 - Feb 17 2021February 17, 2021
Summary Bulletin 119 - COVID-19 - Feb. 11 2021February 11, 2021
Bulletin #119a - COVID-19 - Orange Level Reminders - Feb 11 2021February 11, 2021
Bulletin #119b - COVID-19 - Pop-Up Jeans Day - Feb 11 2021February 11, 2021
Bulletin #119c - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from Feb. 9 - Feb 11 2021February 11, 2021
Bulletin #119d - COVID-19 - GNB News Release - Feb 11 2021February 11, 2021
Summary Bulletin 118 - COVID-19 - Feb. 8, 2021February 8, 2021
Bulletin #118a - COVID-19 - Bioethics Grand Rounds - Feb 8 2021February 8, 2021
Bulletin #118b - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Updated Guidance - Feb 8 2021February 8, 2021
Bulletin #118c - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from Feb. 7 - Feb 8 2021February 8, 2021
Bulletin #118d - COVID-19 - GNB Vaccination Information for Pregnant and Breastfeeding People - Feb 8 2021January 6, 2021
What is Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV?

According to the World Health Organization, a coronavirus belongs to a family of viruses causing illnesses ranging from the common cold to severe diseases, like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) or Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). A novel coronavirus is a strain previously unidentified in humans. Named COVID-19, this respiratory disease was first detected in Wuhan, China, in late 2019 before spreading to a number of Asian countries and Europe, Australia, the USA and Canada. There are now thousands of confirmed cases in mainland China and more than 100 dead. The incubation period for the new coronavirus is thought to be up to 14 days.

Have there been any confirmed cases in New Brunswick?

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 1,760. Since yesterday, nine people have recovered for a total of 1,586 recoveries. There have been 33 deaths, and the number of active cases is 140. Eighteen patients are hospitalized, including 12 in an intensive care unit. Yesterday, 1,296 tests were conducted for a total of 271,811.

As a healthcare worker, what should I do if I suspect I have the coronavirus?

As of March 20th, Healthcare workers and staff that are symptomatic (new onset/exacerbation of chronic cough or fever) and provide direct patient contact should be tested for COVID19 regardless of travel history, and they should stay off work and self-isolate until test results are negative.

Health care workers and staff that provide direct patient care includes the following: RHA institutions; Ambulance New Brunswick, Extra Mural Program, other home health care providers, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists/technicians, long-term care providers, staff from Canadian Blood Services and health care providers in First Nations communities.

Those who have developed symptoms starting before March 20th do not require testing, as the most infectious period would have already passed at this stage. A dedicated telephone line has been set up for Health Care workers and staff to call should they develop symptoms compatible with COVID-19; (new onset/exacerbation of chronic cough or fever) at 1-833-475-0724.

With respect to employer announcements regarding a COVID-19 quarantine:

For our Part III members, please refer to your Collective Agreement, Article 25.11 “No employee shall suffer a reduction in salary when absent from work because of a quarantine ordered by a Medical Health Officer”. As a result, NBNU takes the position that if you are not COVID-19 positive, and otherwise healthy, you should be placed on leave of absence with pay during such a quarantine. If you have COVID-19 positive, you will be required to use sick time.

For our Nursing Home members, we have been advised that the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes released a memo that states:

Staff and visitors who have traveled internationally (the traveler only, and not their contact or family members) are to be restricted from the nursing home for 14 days after they have returned.

As such, if the employer asks an employee to stay home because she’s back from vacation and suspects that she may have been exposed, then the employer will grant a LOA with pay for the quarantine. If, however, the employee comes back and has symptoms, she will take sick leave for the quarantine.

How can I protect myself and my family?

General guidelines to protect yourself from infections include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are ill.
  • Staying home when you are ill.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throwing the tissue in the garbage and washing your hands; if you don’t have a tissue, sneezing or coughing into your sleeve or arm.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Early Childhood Services Portal

Should members be in need of childcare they must register to the Parent Portal. There is a toll free number – 1-833-221-9339 where parents can call as well.

It is important that all parents still continue to apply the directives around travel, self-isolation, and self monitoring as indicated in Government’s Coronovirus web page : https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/ocmoh/cdc/content/respiratory_diseases/coronavirus.html

The decision to designate facilities as emergency early learning and childcare sits with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. If there are facilities interested in offering emergency services, they should contact their Quality Assurance Monitors.

What can registered nurses do to take action on coronavirus at work?
  • Comply with existing workplace infection control policies and procedures.
  • Update your N-95 respirator fit testing and wear an N-95 respirator if there could be any risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • Use required droplet, contact and additional airborne precautions such as (but not limited to): gloves, gowns, face shields, respirators, goggles, powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR) (for aerosol-generating procedures, e.g. intubation).
  • STOP if you do not have the required personal protective equipment or properly fitted respiratory protection, and speak with your manager or supervisor; document the situation and copy your union and Joint OH&S Committee representative.
  • REPORT any health and safety concerns, including gaps in adequate protocols and procedures and/or communications, training, access to PPE or other health and safety concerns to your manager or supervisor, copying your Joint OH&S Committee and your union.
Ensure your employer has:
  • Consulted the Joint OH&S Committee on all measures, procedures and training with respect to COVID-19.
  • An adequate supply of appropriate N95 respirators on hand as well as PAPR (for aerosol-generating procedures, e.g. intubation).
  • Conducted a risk assessment to determine all points of potential entry (and how to restrict them) and other points of potential exposure for workers (e.g. screening, triage, isolation rooms).
  • In place relevant travel screening and worksite/unit exposure controls.
  • In place suitable structural barriers (e.g., ceiling-to-floor plexiglas barriers at triage and registration).
  • Completed respirator fit testing and training for all health care workers at risk.
  • Dedicated teams of clinicians who are protected with and trained in the use of proper personal protective equipment for 2019-nCoV, including teams trained in the use of N-95 respirators and PAPR (for aerosol-generating procedures), who are ready to respond and care for both confirmed cases and individuals who may be under investigation.
  • Airborne infection isolation rooms available.
Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your Labour Relations Officer or email NBNU at info@nbnu.ca.

For further information about the 2019 novel coronavirus:
What is Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV?

According to the World Health Organization, a coronavirus belongs to a family of viruses causing illnesses ranging from the common cold to severe diseases, like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) or Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). A novel coronavirus is a strain previously unidentified in humans. Named COVID-19, this respiratory disease was first detected in Wuhan, China, in late 2019 before spreading to a number of Asian countries and Europe, Australia, the USA and Canada. There are now thousands of confirmed cases in mainland China and more than 100 dead. The incubation period for the new coronavirus is thought to be up to 14 days.

Have there been any confirmed cases in New Brunswick?

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 193 and 188 have recovered. There have been two deaths and there are three active cases. As of today, 65,169 tests have been conducted.

As a healthcare worker, what should I do if I suspect I have the coronavirus?

As of March 20th, Healthcare workers and staff that are symptomatic (new onset/exacerbation of chronic cough or fever) and provide direct patient contact should be tested for COVID19 regardless of travel history, and they should stay off work and self-isolate until test results are negative.

Health care workers and staff that provide direct patient care includes the following: RHA institutions; Ambulance New Brunswick, Extra Mural Program, other home health care providers, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists/technicians, long-term care providers, staff from Canadian Blood Services and health care providers in First Nations communities.

Those who have developed symptoms starting before March 20th do not require testing, as the most infectious period would have already passed at this stage. A dedicated telephone line has been set up for Health Care workers and staff to call should they develop symptoms compatible with COVID-19; (new onset/exacerbation of chronic cough or fever) at 1-833-475-0724.

With respect to employer announcements regarding a COVID-19 quarantine:

For our Part III members, please refer to your Collective Agreement, Article 25.11 “No employee shall suffer a reduction in salary when absent from work because of a quarantine ordered by a Medical Health Officer”. As a result, NBNU takes the position that if you are not COVID-19 positive, and otherwise healthy, you should be placed on leave of absence with pay during such a quarantine. If you have COVID-19 positive, you will be required to use sick time.

For our Nursing Home members, we have been advised that the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes released a memo that states:

Staff and visitors who have traveled internationally (the traveler only, and not their contact or family members) are to be restricted from the nursing home for 14 days after they have returned.

As such, if the employer asks an employee to stay home because she’s back from vacation and suspects that she may have been exposed, then the employer will grant a LOA with pay for the quarantine. If, however, the employee comes back and has symptoms, she will take sick leave for the quarantine.

How can I protect myself and my family?

General guidelines to protect yourself from infections include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are ill.
  • Staying home when you are ill.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throwing the tissue in the garbage and washing your hands; if you don’t have a tissue, sneezing or coughing into your sleeve or arm.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Early Childhood Services Portal

Should members be in need of childcare they must register to the Parent Portal. There is a toll free number – 1-833-221-9339 where parents can call as well.

It is important that all parents still continue to apply the directives around travel, self-isolation, and self monitoring as indicated in Government’s Coronovirus web page : https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/ocmoh/cdc/content/respiratory_diseases/coronavirus.html

The decision to designate facilities as emergency early learning and childcare sits with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. If there are facilities interested in offering emergency services, they should contact their Quality Assurance Monitors.

What can registered nurses do to take action on coronavirus at work?
  • Comply with existing workplace infection control policies and procedures.
  • Update your N-95 respirator fit testing and wear an N-95 respirator if there could be any risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • Use required droplet, contact and additional airborne precautions such as (but not limited to): gloves, gowns, face shields, respirators, goggles, powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR) (for aerosol-generating procedures, e.g. intubation).
  • STOP if you do not have the required personal protective equipment or properly fitted respiratory protection, and speak with your manager or supervisor; document the situation and copy your union and Joint OH&S Committee representative.
  • REPORT any health and safety concerns, including gaps in adequate protocols and procedures and/or communications, training, access to PPE or other health and safety concerns to your manager or supervisor, copying your Joint OH&S Committee and your union.
Ensure your employer has:
  • Consulted the Joint OH&S Committee on all measures, procedures and training with respect to COVID-19.
  • An adequate supply of appropriate N95 respirators on hand as well as PAPR (for aerosol-generating procedures, e.g. intubation).
  • Conducted a risk assessment to determine all points of potential entry (and how to restrict them) and other points of potential exposure for workers (e.g. screening, triage, isolation rooms).
  • In place relevant travel screening and worksite/unit exposure controls.
  • In place suitable structural barriers (e.g., ceiling-to-floor plexiglas barriers at triage and registration).
  • Completed respirator fit testing and training for all health care workers at risk.
  • Dedicated teams of clinicians who are protected with and trained in the use of proper personal protective equipment for 2019-nCoV, including teams trained in the use of N-95 respirators and PAPR (for aerosol-generating procedures), who are ready to respond and care for both confirmed cases and individuals who may be under investigation.
  • Airborne infection isolation rooms available.
Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your Labour Relations Officer or email NBNU at info@nbnu.ca.

For further information about the 2019 novel coronavirus: