The Vitalite Health Network says the pressure continues as the Edmundston Hospital deals with COVID patients. Vitalite reports 12 patients in hospital after being diagnosed with COVID – 7 of them in intensive care and all are on respirators. The intensive care unit has a total of 9 beds.
The other 5 patients are in the hospital’s COVID-19 unit. Vitalite began restricting admissions earlier this week. So far – the hospital has been forced to transfer two COVID patients requiring intensive care to the Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton.
The Edmundston region has been the centre of a significant COVID outbreak – a majority of the cases diagnosed as the U-K variant which is highly contagious. The region has been at the RED Level since March 25th with heightened restrictions in a bid to control the outbreak. Two people in the region have died this week as a result of COVID.