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

Last Updated: 12:37 PM, Friday, April 17, 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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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:
Source Memo Date
NBNU Federal Announcement of Financial Assistance to provinces for LTC sector April 15, 2020
NBNU Checking In April 9, 2020
NBNU Agreement Achieved – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the Hospital Sector April 6, 2020
NBNU Joint Statement: COVID-19 and Personal Protective Equipment April 6, 2020
NBNU Q&A COVID-19 and Health and Safety Measures, including Personal Protective Equipment April 6, 2020
NBNU Members : Thank You Memo March 27, 2020
NBNU Memo re: WorkSafeNB's Position on PPE March 23, 2020
NBNU Q&A : PPE March 20, 2020
NBNU MY RIGHT TO REFUSE UNSAFE WORK: A Guide for NBNU Members March 20, 2020
NBNU Memo re: NBNU Mobility Agreement March 19, 2020
NBNU NBNU Mobility Agreement March 19, 2020
NBNU COVID-19 : Q&A with GNB March 18, 2020
NBNU COVID-19 Preventative Measures March 16, 2020
NBNU Safety is Not Negotiable March 12, 2020
CFNU CFNU position statement_Uniforms during COVID-19 April 9, 2020
CFNU CFNU position statement Pregnant HCWs during COVID-19 April 9, 2020
CFNU Nurses call on federal government to urgently enact COVID-19 safety measures for health care workers March 24, 2020
CFNU Emergency Measures to Support Health Care Workers in the Fight against COVID-19 March 18, 2020
CFNU CFNU's COVID-19 position statement February 12, 2020
WHO The COVID-19 Risk Communication Package For Healthcare Facilities March 10, 2020
CMHA CMHA NB Virtual Services April 14, 2020
GNB COVID-19 Part III Mobility Agreements - FAQ April 16, 2020
GNB - NB Pandemic Task Force COVID-19 Mask use in Health care system April 8, 2020
GNB Travel outside of New Brunswick March 27, 2020
GNB Quick Reference Guide : COVID-19 Supports March 27, 2020
GNB Key – Messages Pregnancy & Infant Feeding March 19, 2020
GNB New Direction on COVID-19 Testing for clinicians March 17, 2020
GNB COVID-19 Referral Form March 17, 2020
GNB How to Self-Isolate March 17, 2020
EM/ANB Weekly Webinars April 14-17, 2020 April 14, 2020
EM/ANB Mental Health Tips During COVID-19 April 14, 2020
EM/ANB HR Bulletin #14 – Extended School Closure April 9, 2020
EM/ANB HR Bulletin – Preventative Measures in the Workplace April 8, 2020
EM/ANB HR Bulletin #12 – Testing for Health Care Workers April 1, 2020
EM/ANB HR Bulletin #11 – Travel Outside of New Brunswick - UPDATED March 29, 2020
EM/ANB HR Bulletin #10: Updates on Daycare Leave and WHSNB March 27, 2020
EM/ANB HR Bulletin #9: Mental Health March 27, 2020
EM/ANB Employee Screening March 24, 2020
EM/ANB COVID-19 HR Bulletin #7: Self-Isolation March 20, 2020
EM/ANB Recommendations on preventive measures for health care workers who are pregnant or breastfeeding March 20, 2020
EM/ANB COVID-19: HR Bulletin #6 - Vacation Leave and Annual Scheduling March 18, 2020
EM/ANB COVID-19: HR Bulletin #5 – Mental Health in the Workplace March 17, 2020
EM/ANB COVID-19: HR Bulletin #4: COVID-19 and Child Care Leaves March 17, 2020
EM/ANB COVID-19: HR Bulletin #3 - International Travel March 16, 2020
EM/ANB COVID-19: HR Bulletin #2 – Protecting Ourselves & Others March 15, 2020
EM/ANB COVID-19 : HR Bulletin #1 – Leaves of Absences March 13, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #24a - Message from Maura McKinnon April 16, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB News Release from April 16 April 16, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #23a - Thank You From Horizon Board April 15, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #23b - Employee Screening Update April 15, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #23c - Cashless Payment Options April 15, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB News Release from April 15 April 15, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #21a - Corporate Update April 9, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #21b - QA Patient Personal Items and Staff Food April 9, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 - : Bulletin #21c - HR Update April 9, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #21d - NB Human Rights Act April 9, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB News Release from April 9 April 9, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #20a - CEO Easter Message April 8, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #20b - Corporate Update April 8, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB News Release from April 8 April 8, 2020
Horizon Health Network URGENT - COVID-19 - Procedural Masks for Employees April 8, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #19a - Corporate Update April 7, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #19b - ID-IPC Update April 7, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #19c - Pandemic Task Force April 7, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #19d - Organizational Chart April 7, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB News Release from April 7 April 7, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #18a - Corporate Update April 6, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #18b - Staff Safety Tips April 6, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #18c - HR Update April 6, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB News Release from April 6 April 6, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB Weekend News Releases April 6, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #18f - Guidelines for Shopping April 6, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #17a - Privacy Reminder April 2, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #17b - Corporate Update April 2, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #17c - HR Update April 2, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB News Release from April 2 April 2, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #16a - Consent to record April 1, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #16b - Corporate Update April 1, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #16c - HR Update April 1, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #16d - Suspension of Donated Items April 1, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #16e - Clinical Order Set Process and New Pediatric COVID-19 Admission April 1, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB News Release from April 1 April 1, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #16g - PPE Update April 1, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #15a - Thank you from CEO March 31, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #15b - Corporate Update March 31, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #15c - Megamation Requests March 31, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB News Release from March 31 March 30, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #14a - Corporate Update March 30, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #14b - HR Update March 30, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB Weekend News Releases - Mar 30 2020 March 30, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #14d - Notification of COVID-19 Related Deaths March 30, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB News Release from March 3 March 30, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #13a - Corporate Update March 27, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #13b - HR Update March 27, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #13c - Hospital Patient Phone Service March 27, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #13d - Spectrum App March 27, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB News Release from March 27 March 27, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #12a - Corporate Update March 26, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #12b - Anxiety Management Tools Resources and Support March 26, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #12c - HR Update March 26, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #12d - PPE Health Care Update from March 25 March 26, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #12e - Irving Foundation Supports SJRHF March 26, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB News Release from March 26 March 26, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #11a - Corporate Update March 25, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #11b - HR Update March 25, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #11c - Years of Service Celebrations and Retirement Luncheons March 25, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #11d - Community Donations March 25, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #11e - Scheduled Outages for Horizon March 25, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #11f - GNB Interprovincial, Territorial and International Travelers March 25, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB News Release from March 25 March 25, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #10a - Privacy law violations and privacy breaches March 24, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #10b - Corporate Update March 24, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #10c - HR Update March 24, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB News Release from March 24 March 24, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 – Personal Protective Equipment for Infection, Prevention and Control March 23, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #9a - Corporate Update March 23, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB News Release from March 23 March 23, 2020
Horizon Health Network Bulletin 8 : COVID-19 Update March 23, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #8a - Active Screening for Staff and Designated Entrances March 22, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #8b - Essential Supplies Ordering March 22, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #8c - Ongoing concerns about PPE March 22, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB News Release from COVID-19-March 22 March 22, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin 7a - Corporate-Update March 21, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #7b - All-User Email Distribution List March 21, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #7c - Memo from Extra-Mural Program March 21, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #7d : GNB News-Release March 21, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #6a - Memo from Board Chair March 20, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #6b - Corporate Update March 20, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #6c - HR Update March 20, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #6d - GNB State of Emergency March 20, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #6e - GNB Work Related Travel to United States March 20, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #5a - Corporate Update March 19, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #5b - HR Update March 19, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #5c - Clinical Order Set Approval March 19, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #5d - Cyber Security Alert March 19, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB News Releases from March 18, 2020 March 18, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #4a - Thank you Staff March 18, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #4b - Corporate Update March 18, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #4d - IPC Uniforms Scrubs March 18, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #4f - HR Vacation and Scheduling March 18, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #4g - Redeployment of Staff March 18, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #4h - Non-Urgent Professional Services Suspended March 18, 2020
Horizon Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin #4i - Virtual Visits March 18, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB News Releases from March 17, 2020 March 18, 2020
Horizon Health Network Bulletin #3a: Corporate Update March 17, 2020
Horizon Health Network Bulletin #3b: Child Care Leave March 17, 2020
Horizon Health Network Bulletin #3c: NBOTP Tissue Ocular March 17, 2020
Horizon Health Network Bulletin #3d: Mental Health March 17, 2020
Horizon Health Network Bulletin #3e - COVID-19 - Videoconference and Telehealth Resources March 17, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB New Releases from March 17, 2020 March 17, 2020
Horizon Health Network Bulletin #2: COVID-19 March 17, 2020
Horizon Health Network GNB New Releases from March 16, 2020 March 16, 2020
Horizon Health Network Communications Update March 16, 2020
Horizon Health Network IPC Update March 16, 2020
Horizon Health Network Infection Prevention & Control Guidance for Suspect COVID-19 March 16, 2020
Horizon Health Network HR Update March 16, 2020
Horizon Health Network Routine Practices & Clean Hands e-learning March 16, 2020
Horizon Health Network Bulletin 1a: COVID-19 - Protecting ourselves and others March 15, 2020
Vitalité Health Network Freeze on internal job postings March 31, 2020
Vitalité Health Network Return from travel and selfisolation March 30, 2020
Vitalité Health Network Assessment of individual condition March 24, 2020
Vitalité Health Network HR clarifications on selfisolation, privacy, and leaves March 24, 2020
Vitalité Health Network New guidelines regarding physical distancing March 24, 2020
Vitalité Health Network Assessment of Individual Condition During a Pandemic - Form March 24, 2020
Vitalité Health Network COVID-19 : Bulletin No. 4 March 23, 2020
Vitalité Health Network Vacation Leave and Annual Scheduling March, 19, 2020
Vitalité Health Network COVID-19: Child Care Leaves March, 17, 2020
Vitalité Health Network COVID-19: Support for Staff March 17, 2020
Vitalité Health Network COVID-19: HR update March 15, 2020
Vitalité Health Network COVID-19: HR update on work related travel March 15, 2020
NBANH Mask Use in Health Care System April 9, 2020
NBANH NBANH Wellness Guide April 2, 2020
NBANH Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Assumption Life Group Insurance Benefits March 18, 2020
NBANH COVID-19 Masking Directives in Nursing Homes March 16, 2020
Shannex Covid-19 Directive to Operations Non-medical Masks April 7, 2020
Shannex Information about what to expect if our community has a case of COVID-19 March 26, 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 17th, Public Health reports no new cases of COVID-19. 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.

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: