Week 1 recap: preparing for the worst

Nova Scotia’s government gets ahead of the curve in its COVID-19 response, to try and flatten the infection curve.

Anyone else feel like a year went by in the last seven days? Somehow it was just a week ago, Friday March 13, that provincial officials held the first of the afternoon webcast briefings that quickly became the COVID-19 version of Must See TV in Nova Scotia.

click to enlarge Before: The briefing room was packed Sunday, March 15 to hear about Nova Scotia's first COVID-19 cases. - THE COAST
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Before: The briefing room was packed Sunday, March 15 to hear about Nova Scotia's first COVID-19 cases.
The physical setup of the briefings changed to mirror our response to the virus. That first Friday, with no cases of COVID-19 here yet, media people assembled before a tight row of officials, lined up almost shoulder to shoulder, in a cozy room across the street from Province House. By the Friday, March 20 briefing, social-distancing measures meant no reporters in the room—we could watch the webcast and phone in questions—and premier Stephen McNeil, chief medical officer of health Robert Strang and their various guest stars sat spaced away from each other.

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Kyle Shaw

Kyle is the editor of The Coast. He was a founding member of the newspaper in 1993 and was the paper’s first publisher. Kyle occasionally teaches creative nonfiction writing (think magazine-style #longreads) and copy editing at the University of King’s College School of Journalism.

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