Monday, May 11, 2020

How New Brunswick stopped Covid-19 in its tracks

The Canadian province of New Brunswick has weathered the pandemic with zero deaths and no long term care outbreaks and is currently down to just two active cases and no hospitalizations. There was a sixteen day period in late April and early May when they didn't have any active cases at all.

How did a province of 750,000 with an aged population manage to outperform its neighbors -- including Maine, Nova Scotia, and Quebec -- to virtually contain a global pandemic? As I reported in Saturday's Portland Press Herald it was a combination of acting very early, closing its borders with the United States and with other provinces, not being as close to major hotspots and, well, a lot of dumb luck.


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