‘They play an important role in keeping New Brunswickers healthy. We will continue to work with these sectors to address challenges as they arise’
New Brunswick is providing better support for health-care workers and agri-businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The province has launched a designated toll-free line to help health-care workers who have developed COVID-19 symptoms since March 20.
These workers are directed to immediately self-isolate and to call 1-833-475-0724, unless directed otherwise by their employer.
Symptoms the province is putting a focus on are fever with a temperature of 38°C or higher; a new or worsening cough and shortness of breath.
Meanwhile, employees who are not in the health-care field should follow their normal processes for reporting absences to their managers due to illness. They should not call the toll-free number designated for health-care workers as it is not for employees who have questions regarding pay, entitlements or other concerns.
New Brunswick has also announced it has operating loans for small businesses in the agriculture industry. The federal government, meanwhile, enhanced Farm Credit Canada’s lending capacity by an additional $5 billion to ensure producers, agribusinesses and food processors continue to have access to capital.
Businesses facing financial pressure may call 1-888-332-3301 to discuss their situation and options.
“I thank New Brunswick’s farmers, harvesters, aquaculturists and processors for their dedication in providing high-quality and safe products to families across the province in these critical times,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “They play an important role in keeping New Brunswickers healthy. We will continue to work with these sectors to address challenges as they arise.”
Agriculture, aquaculture, fishing and processing operations are essential services and are permitted to continue operations in the province. However, workplaces must take measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, says the government.