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

Last Updated: 2:15 PM, Monday, May 25, 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.

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Memos:
Memo Date
COVID-19 : Bulletin #47a - Corporate UpdateMay 21, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #47b - HR Update May 21, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #47c - NBOTP Resuming Ocular Recoveries in MonctonMay 21, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #47d - PPE and Inpatient Patient Dashboard from May 20 May 21, 2020
GNB News Release from May 21May 21, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #46 - ID-IPC - OR Pretesting Asympotmatic PatientsMay 20, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #46 - ID-IPC - Guidance Ambulatory CareMay 20, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #46 - COVID-19 Bulletin #46 - ID-IPC - Discontinuation of IsolationMay 20, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #46 - ID-IPC - Aerosol Generating Medical ProceduresMay 20, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #46 - ID-IPC - Orange Phase Personal Items and FoodMay 20, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #46b - SNB Scheduled Outages for HorizonMay 19, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #46a - Corporate Update May 19, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #45a - NBOTP Resuming Ocular Recoveries in Saint John May 15, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #45b - PPE and Inpatient Patient Dashboard from May 14 May 15, 2020
GNB News Release from May 15May 15, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #44a - Six feet at a time - All the timeMay 14, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #44b -PPE and Inpatient Patient Dashboard from May 13May 14, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #43 - ID-IPC - Patient Care - PPE MasksMay 14, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #43 - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Patient Care - Orange PhaseMay 14, 2020
GNB News Release from May 14May 14, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #43a - Corporate UpdateMay 13, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #43b - National Nursing Week May 13, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #43c - PPE and Inpatient Patient Dashboard from May 12May 13, 2020
GNB News Release from May 13May 13, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #42 - ID-IPC Process for Discharging PatientsMay 13, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #42a - HR Update May 12, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #42b - PPE and Inpatient Patient Dashboard from May 11 May 12, 2020
GNB News Release from May 12 May 12, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #41a - PPE and Inpatient Patient Dashboard from May 10 May 11, 2020
GNB Weekend News Releases from May 9-10 - 11, 2020May 11, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #41b - GNB News Release from May 11May 11, 2020
Bulletin #40a - COVID-19 - CEO Memo Recovery Plan - Transition from Red to Orange PhaseMay 8, 2020
Bulletin #40b - COVID-19 - HR Update May 8, 2020
Bulletin #40c - COVID-19 - PPE and Inpatient Patient Dashboard from May 7 May 8, 2020
GNB News Release from May 8 May 8, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #39a - HR Update May 7, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #39b - Employee Self ScreeningMay 7, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #39c - Clinical Order Sets May 7, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #39d - Viral Collection KitsMay 7, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #39e - PPE and Inpatient Patient Dashboard from May 6 May 7, 2020
GNB News Release from May 7 May 7, 2020
Bulletin #38a - COVID-19 - Amphitheatre and Meeting RoomsMay 6, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #38b - PPE and Inpatient Patient Dashboard from May 5 May 6, 2020
GNB News Release from May 6May 6, 2020
COVID-19 - Bulletin #37 - ID-IPC Patient Care Red Phase May 6, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #37a - PPE and Inpatient Patient Dashboard from May 4May 5, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #36 - ID-IPC Questions and AnswersMay 5, 2020
GNB News Release from May 5May 5, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #36a - HR Update May 4, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #36b - PPE and Inpatient Patient Dashboard from May 3 May 4, 2020
GNB News Release from May 4May 4, 2020
GNB Weekend News ReleasesMay 4, 2020
Bulletin #35 - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Personal Protective EquipmentMay 4, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #35a - HR Update May 1, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #35b - Vestcor UpdatesMay 1, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #35c - PPE and Inpatient Patient Dashboard from April 30 May 1, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #35d - GNB News Release from May 1May 1, 2020
GNB News Release from May 1May 1, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #34a - HR Update April 30, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #34b - PPE and Inpatient Patient Dashboard from April 29 April 30, 2020
GNB News Release from April 30April 30, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #33a - COVID-19 - Corporate Update April 29, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #33b - HR UpdateApril 29, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #33c - PPE and Inpatient Patient Dashboard from April 28 April 29, 2020
GNB News Release from April 29 April 29, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #32 - ID-IPC - Personal Protective Equipment April 29, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #32 - ID-IPC - Cleaning and Disinfection of Non-Critical Patient Care EquipmentApril 29, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #32a - SNB Scheduled Outages for HorizonApril 28, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #32b - PPE and Inpatient Patient Dashboard from April 26 April 28, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #32c - New Masks For Health Care PartnersApril 28, 2020
GNB News Release from April 28April 28, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #31a - Corporate Update April 27, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #31b - Alternative Inventory SupplieApril 27, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #31c - PPE and Inpatient Patient Dashboard from April 26 April 27, 2020
GNB News Release from April 27April 27, 2020
GNB Weekend News Releases April 27, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #30a - HR Update April 24, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #30b - PPE and Inpatient Patient Dashboard from April 23 April 24, 2020
GNB News Release from April 24April 24, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #29a - Corporate Update April 23, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #29b - HR UpdateApril 23, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #29c - PPE and Inpatient Patient Dashboard from April 22April 23, 2020
GNB News Release from April 23 April 23, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #28a - SNB Scheduled Outages for HorizonApril 21, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #28b - PPE Patient Dashboard April 21, 2020
GNB News Release from April 22April 22, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #27a - Corporate Update
COVID-19 : Bulletin #27b - MyHealthNB Website LaunchedApril 22, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #27c - PPE Patient DashboardApril 21, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #27d - ID-IPC Patient Care UnitsApril 21, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #27e - ID-IPC Cleaning RecommendationsApril 21, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #27f - ID-IPC Continuous Use of MasksApril 21, 2020
GNB News Release from April 21 April 21, 2020
COVID-19 : Urgent - Monitoring required for all admitted patientsApril 20, 2020
COVID-19 PPE and Inpatient Dashboard April 20, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #26a - Horizon Virtual Care ServicesApril 20, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #26b - ID-IPC Clinical RecommendationsApril 20, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #26c - ID-IPC GuidelinesApril 20, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #26d - Clarification on Mask Use in the Health-Care SystemApril 20, 2020
GNB News Release from April 20April 20, 2020
GNB Weekend News ReleasesApril 20, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #26g - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Inpatient DashboardApril 20, 2020
GNB News Release from April 17 April 17, 2020
COVID-19 : Bulletin #25a - Clinical Order Sets AnnoucementApril 17, 2020
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 1, 2020
Memo Date
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?

Public Health reported no new cases of COVID-19 today.

To date 21,752 tests have been conducted in New Brunswick. There have been 121 confirmed cases. The number of active cases is one and 120 people have recovered from their illness. None of the active cases are in hospital.

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: