New Brunswick Health Authority CEO Says COVID-19 Outbreak Is ‘Worst Possible Scenario’


Karen McGrath, (left to right) president and CEO of Horizon Health Network, Hugh Fleming, New Brunswick health minister, and Gilles Lanteigne, president and CEO of Vitalite Health network. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kevin Bissett

The chief executive of the Vitalite health network in northern New Brunswick says the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak is a worst-case scenario in a region with underlying health issues and an older population.

Gilles Lanteigne says a male professional health-care provider has been suspended from work after coming into contact with more than 100 people.

The province has said the man recently travelled to Quebec and returned to work without self-isolating.

Lanteigne declined to confirm the man’s professional title, citing privacy concerns in the small community.

The health authority has ramped up testing for people who came into contact with the worker and is providing tests to any community members who ask.

More than 200 people were tested Thursday evening and Lanteigne says elective surgeries have been suspended.

The cluster that grew to six confirmed cases yesterday has led to the adjournment of the provincial legislature and the rollback of reopening measuresin the northern region known as Zone 5.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2020.


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