New Brunswick’s Social Development Minister Dorothy Shephard said in a release on Wednesday that “we are no longer in a pandemic.”
Shephard, formerly the health minister, was quoted in a provincial release announcing that iPads will be provided to long-term care facilities to help with residents stay connected to loved ones.
The province partnered up with tech provider BrunNet to provide 761 tables across 461 adult residential facilities, with a total value of $602,516. Each of the facilities will have one tablet per every 10 residents.
Shephard said in that release being able to connect with friends and loved ones “is a key part of preventing isolation and loneliness.”
She continued to say in the release:
“This partnership was successful in bringing tablets to nursing homes in 2020 as the pandemic grew. Although we are no longer in a pandemic, the goal to connect everyone is still important.”
Though most restrictions have been lifted, New Brunswick’s government has not officially declared an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. In its recent weekly epidemiology report, public health reported four deaths and 712 new PCR-confirmed cases of the virus, in the week ending Aug. 27. The province also saw 31 new hospital admissions.
It estimated there were 1,072 active cases on Aug. 27.
A new epidemiology update is set to be released Wednesday.
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