Faced with a COVID-19 crisis in the small northern New Brunswick region of Restigouche in May 2020, we were appointed by the Department of Health, to carry out mass testing of the population of 21,000 people within just over 12 hours. This region was dealing with multiple outbreaks including the Campbellton Regional Hospital, so we needed to establish whether we had an outbreak in the community. This exercise had never been carried out in the province and our planning had to take into consideration the safety of our staff and residents who would be tested. Moreover, we had to carry out this exercise in two different regions of the area.
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