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

Last Updated: 3:42 PM, Thursday, April 16, 2020.

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.

MindSpa : https://nbnu.ca/mindspa/

It is now more important than ever to decompress and feel the support of those around you. MindSpa is dedicated to giving registered nurses and nurse practitioners a break from the rigors of the job during this time of heightened stress, workload and anxiety.

 

Memos:
Memo Date
COVID-19 : Bulletin #23a - Thank You From Horizon BoardApril 15, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #23b - Employee Screening UpdateApril 15, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #23c - Cashless Payment OptionsApril 15, 2020
GNB News Release from April 15April 15, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #21a - Corporate UpdateApril 9, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #21b - QA Patient Personal Items and Staff FoodApril 9, 2020
COVID-19 - : Bulletin #21c - HR UpdateApril 9, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #21d - NB Human Rights ActApril 9, 2020
GNB News Release from April 9April 9, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #20a - CEO Easter MessageApril 8, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #20b - Corporate UpdateApril 8, 2020
GNB News Release from April 8April 8, 2020
URGENT - COVID-19 - Procedural Masks for EmployeesApril 8, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #19a - Corporate UpdateApril 7, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #19b - ID-IPC UpdateApril 7, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #19c - Pandemic Task ForceApril 7, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #19d - Organizational ChartApril 7, 2020
GNB News Release from April 7April 7, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #18a - Corporate UpdateApril 6, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #18b - Staff Safety TipsApril 6, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #18c - HR UpdateApril 6, 2020
GNB News Release from April 6April 6, 2020
GNB Weekend News ReleasesApril 6, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #18f - Guidelines for ShoppingApril 6, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #17a - Privacy ReminderApril 2, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #17b - Corporate UpdateApril 2, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #17c - HR UpdateApril 2, 2020
GNB News Release from April 2April 2, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #16a - Consent to recordApril 1, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #16b - Corporate UpdateApril 1, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #16c - HR UpdateApril 1, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #16d - Suspension of Donated ItemsApril 1, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #16e - Clinical Order Set Process and New Pediatric COVID-19 AdmissionApril 1, 2020
GNB News Release from April 1April 1, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #16g - PPE UpdateApril 1, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #15a - Thank you from CEOMarch 31, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #15b - Corporate UpdateMarch 31, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #15c - Megamation RequestsMarch 31, 2020
GNB News Release from March 31March 30, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #14a - Corporate UpdateMarch 30, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #14b - HR UpdateMarch 30, 2020
GNB Weekend News Releases - Mar 30 2020March 30, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #14d - Notification of COVID-19 Related DeathsMarch 30, 2020
GNB News Release from March 3March 30, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #13a - Corporate UpdateMarch 27, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #13b - HR UpdateMarch 27, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #13c - Hospital Patient Phone ServiceMarch 27, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #13d - Spectrum AppMarch 27, 2020
GNB News Release from March 27March 27, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #12a - Corporate UpdateMarch 26, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #12b - Anxiety Management Tools Resources and SupportMarch 26, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #12c - HR UpdateMarch 26, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #12d - PPE Health Care Update from March 25March 26, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #12e - Irving Foundation Supports SJRHFMarch 26, 2020
GNB News Release from March 26March 26, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #11a - Corporate UpdateMarch 25, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #11b - HR UpdateMarch 25, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #11c - Years of Service Celebrations and Retirement LuncheonsMarch 25, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #11d - Community DonationsMarch 25, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #11e - Scheduled Outages for HorizonMarch 25, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #11f - GNB Interprovincial, Territorial and International TravelersMarch 25, 2020
GNB News Release from March 25March 25, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #10a - Privacy law violations and privacy breachesMarch 24, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #10b - Corporate UpdateMarch 24, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #10c - HR UpdateMarch 24, 2020
GNB News Release from March 24March 24, 2020
COVID-19 – Personal Protective Equipment for Infection, Prevention and ControlMarch 23, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #9a - Corporate UpdateMarch 23, 2020
GNB News Release from March 23March 23, 2020
Bulletin 8 : COVID-19 UpdateMarch 23, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #8a - Active Screening for Staff and Designated EntrancesMarch 22, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #8b - Essential Supplies OrderingMarch 22, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #8c - Ongoing concerns about PPEMarch 22, 2020
GNB News Release from COVID-19-March 22March 22, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin 7a - Corporate-UpdateMarch 21, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #7b - All-User Email Distribution ListMarch 21, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #7c - Memo from Extra-Mural ProgramMarch 21, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #7d : GNB News-ReleaseMarch 21, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #6a - Memo from Board ChairMarch 20, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #6b - Corporate UpdateMarch 20, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #6c - HR UpdateMarch 20, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #6d - GNB State of EmergencyMarch 20, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #6e - GNB Work Related Travel to United StatesMarch 20, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #5a - Corporate UpdateMarch 19, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #5b - HR UpdateMarch 19, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #5c - Clinical Order Set ApprovalMarch 19, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #5d - Cyber Security AlertMarch 19, 2020
GNB News Releases from March 18, 2020March 18, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #4a - Thank you StaffMarch 18, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #4b - Corporate UpdateMarch 18, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #4d - IPC Uniforms ScrubsMarch 18, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #4f - HR Vacation and SchedulingMarch 18, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #4g - Redeployment of StaffMarch 18, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #4h - Non-Urgent Professional Services SuspendedMarch 18, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #4i - Virtual VisitsMarch 18, 2020
GNB News Releases from March 17, 2020March 18, 2020
Bulletin #3a: Corporate UpdateMarch 17, 2020
Bulletin #3b: Child Care LeaveMarch 17, 2020
Bulletin #3c: NBOTP Tissue OcularMarch 17, 2020
Bulletin #3d: Mental HealthMarch 17, 2020
Bulletin #3e - COVID-19 - Videoconference and Telehealth ResourcesMarch 17, 2020
GNB New Releases from March 17, 2020March 17, 2020
Bulletin #2: COVID-19March 17, 2020
GNB New Releases from March 16, 2020March 16, 2020
Communications UpdateMarch 16, 2020
IPC UpdateMarch 16, 2020
Infection Prevention & Control Guidance for Suspect COVID-19March 16, 2020
HR UpdateMarch 16, 2020
Routine Practices & Clean Hands e-learningMarch 16, 2020
Bulletin 1a: COVID-19 - Protecting ourselves and othersMarch 15, 2020
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?

As of today, April 16th, Public Health reports no new cases of COVID-19 today. Of the 117 cases previously confirmed, 66 are travel-related, 42 are close contacts of confirmed cases and nine are the result of community transmission.

During the pandemic, 13 people have been hospitalized and seven have since been discharged. Three of the six patients remaining in hospital are in an intensive care unit.

To date, 80 people have recovered.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory infection. Symptoms include fever, dry cough, sore throat and headache. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

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: