COVID-19 testing and new equipment
- Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19.
- Testing when there are no symptoms does not tell you whether the person will go on to develop COVID-19 infection nor can it be used to ‘clear’ someone to return to work or school.
- The province has received a donation from the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation’s to upgrade testing and to purchase equipment.
- Seven locations across New Brunswick, in both regional health authorities, will have the capability to find out the results of COVID-19 tests faster. The sites will be in Edmundston, Campbellton, Bathurst, Miramichi, Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John.
- In addition, two portable Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Life Support Systems are being purchased. As COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, lung capacity and function can be severely affected. These machines oxygenate the blood, allowing the lungs to rest.
- Currently in New Brunswick, we have 161 ventilators and are in the process of ordering 50 per cent more.
- With the recent rapid rise in cases of COVID-19, New Brunswick and Canada’s window to flatten the curve is closing. The time for all New Brunswickers to act is now.
- If we all behave responsibly, observe social distance and do our part to flatten the curve, then the ventilation equipment we have on hand in our hospitals, and any that we receive as the crisis continues, will be sufficient to meet our needs.