COVID-19 kills 8 more in N.B., new report format provides fewer details – CBC

Province announced changes to weekly COVIDWatch report last Friday

Dec 20, 2022

Eight more New Brunswickers have died from COVID-19, but how old they were and where they lived cannot be determined from the province’s newly formatted COVIDWatch report.

The weekly reports used to indicate the number of deaths in each age category by increments of 10 years, ranging from under 10 to 90 or older, as well as by health region, since the pandemic began.

But the government announced changes to the format last Friday to “better reflect deaths by presenting them based upon the date of death,” and to better align with what other provinces are doing, as well as with other epidemiological reports, such as the flu report.

Under the new template, data only dates back to Aug. 28, the start of the current respiratory virus season, and deaths are broken down into only three age categories — under 50, 50-69 and 70 or older.

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