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Strang expects to see slight drop in COVID-19 cases in coming days

The chief medical officer of health's comments come as the province clears issues with COVID testing backlogs
220120 - Strang Nova Scotia briefing
Dr. Robert Strang

Nova Scotia's top doctor anticipates new cases to start dropping in the coming days as the province's COVID-19 testing backlog is now cleared.

Last week, Dr. Robert Strang said the province's labs were experiencing heavy backlogs due to large numbers of tests coming in.

There was a backlog of roughly 45,000 tests that the province had to work through but according to the chief medical officer of health, it is now cleared.

"The case numbers that we report should reflect new cases identified in the last few days," said Strang.

He says this comes as Wednesday marks the first full week of having province-wide restrictions.

"If Nova Scotians are doing what they're supposed to be doing, I do anticipate that case numbers will start to slowly decrease in the days ahead," he said.

Strang says this also means test result delays should start to decrease, adding people who get testing moving forward will likely get their results back within 48 hours.

On Tuesday, Nova Scotia reported a record daily high of 153 new COVID-19 cases.




Chris Halef

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Chris is a reporter for HalifaxToday.ca and NEWS 95.7. In 2018, he won the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for best short feature.
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