N.B. COVID-19 survivor calls for 2-week provincewide lockdown to slow virus spread

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A Shediak Cape, NB, woman who was in the ICU for weeks and nearly died of COVID-19 says the province’s circuit-breaker approach doesn’t go far enough.

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“It’s disappointing to see that we’re not doing enough to stop this. I don’t think our government has the handle on what we need,” Debbie Clements said.

It’s been almost 18 months since Clements was hospitalized with COVID-19 and she said she still suffers from debilitating side effects. She said the province misjudged the spread of the coronavirus leading into the fourth wave as being more reactive than proactive.

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“I’m not an angry person, but I get angry about it,” Clements said. “What we did in the summer without masks and then let everyone in – we were probably going to lick the doorknobs too,” she said.

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With cases and deaths rising across the province, she said tightening restrictions in areas where cases are high, rather than a circuit-breaker approach, should mandate a full provincewide lockdown.

“I would have closed school for at least two weeks. I will close all public areas for at least two weeks.”

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell said a circuit-breaker approach is being taken to keep the virus from “penetrating even further into these communities”.

“These measures are proportional to our situation and the risk posed by COVID-19,” Russell said.

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“As I have said before, we cannot lock everyone, everywhere until this virus is eradicated.

“We all need to go to work, to go to school, to see friends and family, but we have to do these things as safely as possible.”

Dr Mark McMillan, president of the New Brunswick Medical Society, said hospitals in the province are feeling the strain. He said that while he supports the province’s circuit breakers, he expects more action may be needed. “If the protests continue to worsen and improve, we will support further intervention as the days go on,” McMillan said.

Meanwhile, Clements says she is heartbroken for the lives she has lost in recent weeks and is going into Thanksgiving weekend, grateful to have survived the virus. She said she was speaking because “Luckily I was the one who came out and they are not…

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