Coronavirus outbreak: Nova Scotia premier says 2 new deaths in long-term care home | FULL
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Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil announced on Wednesday that there were two new deaths from COVID-19, both residents at the Northwood long-term care home, bringing the total across the province to 12 deaths. Chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang told reporters there were also 35 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number in the province to 772.
Strang said that the numbers in recent days seeming to indicate that those recovered from COVID-19 are outnumbering active cases means "potentially good news" in terms of the outbreak. However, he stressed that while it means that community spread may have slowed, the outbreaks in long-term care homes show why physical distancing remains key to continuing to combat the spread. He added this is also because the province doesn't want a case being unknowingly brought into a long-term care home.
McNeil was also asked about why no emergency alert was sent out this past weekend during an active shooter situation that left at least 23 people dead, including the shooter. He explained that the protocol to determine whether to send a provincial emergency alert, the lead agency - in this case the Nova Scotia RCMP - would need to request the alert and provide a message to send out. He said although the Emergency Management Office did reach out a "number of times" to RCMP, no message was received nor did RCMP request assistance in crafting a message for distribution.
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