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Coronavirus: No new cases reported in Nova Scotia as province changes data reporting system

Premier Stephen McNeil and chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang speak at a press briefing in Halifax on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.
Premier Stephen McNeil and chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang speak at a press briefing in Halifax on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Government of Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia government has announced it will be changing the way it reports cases of the novel coronavirus to ensure all publicly reported data comes from a single source.

In a news release Monday, the province said all data will now be reported through Panorama, the province’s public health reporting system.

The announcement comes amid confusion over how many active cases of COVID-19 there are in the province.

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Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health, has said the data from long-term care homes comes from a different data source than the one used by public health and is on a different timeline.

Strang has also said public health is not reporting active cases because the total is “essentially zero” and there’s “nothing really robustly to add.”

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The province says updated data will be provided this week.

0 new cases in Nova Scotia 

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The province is reporting zero new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, keeping the total at 1,059.

The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 293 Nova Scotia tests on Sunday.

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The province says there is now just one active resident case of COVID-19 connected to Northwood. There are now no active staff cases.

There are no other licensed long-term care homes in Nova Scotia with active cases.

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No other case number data was provided, as it is currently being converted to a single source.

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