Data error pushed N.B.’s holiday COVID-19 death and case rates to top of list – CBC

True rates and rankings for Dec. 25-31 unknown because province lumped 2 weeks together

Jan 17, 2023

New Brunswick did not have the highest COVID-19 death rate and cases rate in the country over the holidays, the Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed, but the province’s correct rates and rankings are unknown because the Department of Health lumped two weeks of data together.

Last week, the federal COVID-19 website showed New Brunswick ranked highest among the provinces for COVID-19 deaths and cases per 100,000 population between Dec. 25 and Dec. 31.

On Monday, during a live interview on CBC’s Information Morning Fredericton, Dr. Yves Léger, New Brunswick’s acting chief medical officer of health, suggested this was incorrect and the province actually ranked fifth-highest.

Léger “misspoke,” however, according to the Department of Health.

In fact, New Brunswick ranks fifth for COVID deaths so far this respiratory virus season, which began Aug. 28 — not for the holiday week in question, said department spokesperson Adam Bowie.

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