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The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Nova Scotia has shifted to long-term care.

Residents of the Northwood campuses in Halifax and Bedford received photos of Moderna on Monday.

Ann Hicks, 77, laughed as people gathered on the Halifax campus applauded after being the first to receive a photo.

“This is the start of our career,” Hicks joked to Northwood nurse Amanda Parsons in a media pool video distributed by Communications Nova Scotia. Other media were not allowed to participate in the event as a public health precaution.

The move to nursing homes follows immunization of frontline health workers working in COVID-19 settings.

In the coming days, residents of Shannex Parkstone Institution in Halifax and the Ocean View Continuing Care Center in Eastern Passage will be vaccinated.

The viral illness killed 53 Northwood residents in the spring.

“My daughter watched all the vaccines and everything on TV and told me everything about it,” Hicks said in the video. “And that’s great, I’m just happy. “

Josie Ryan, executive director of long-term care at Northwood, expects most residents to be vaccinated by the end of the week.

“We hope to be able to do at least 100 to 150 a day,” she said.

Audrey Wiseman, another Northwood Halifax resident who got the shot on Monday, said her family was happy they did.

“Because I was very sick and came this far and they were so happy that I was getting the vaccine for it. “

Designated caregivers included

Holly Crooks, whose mother Yvonne Schwartz, 90, is a resident of Northwood Halifax, welcomed the extension of the vaccination campaign to long-term care.

Crooks and his sister Jan Marriott are designated caregivers for their mother, which means they can visit in person and provide personal care under strict pandemic guidelines. As such, they have been given priority for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Marriott, who is a retired nurse and educator, got vaccinated during the first vaccinations for health workers three weeks ago and received his second vaccine on Friday.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that have been approved in Canada require a two-dose schedule.

Although the province is re-authorizing two designated caregivers per resident, Crooks has yet to receive his vaccine.

“There was a period when they only briefly allowed one designated caregiver and since she lived five minutes away, she finally decided she could be that one, she could come in more frequently,” he said. said Crooks, which is part of a plea. group called Reunite Families of Long-Term-Care Residents, which lobbies against visitation barriers in long-term care.

“The names are passed on to the NSHA (Nova Scotia Health Authority) and they contact people with their appointment times. I have not yet received a contact from NSHA although I know my name has been passed on… We are grateful to be part of the care team and be truly grateful to be included (for the vaccination) because this is an indication that not only the facility, but also the province, intends to continue with this program even in the event of another outbreak. ”

By the end of this week, Nova Scotia will have received 23,000 doses of the vaccine as part of the deployment that began in mid-December, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang said during a ‘a press briefing on Friday. Under the two-dose regimen, that’s enough to immunize 11,500 Nova Scotians.

“Our vaccine deployment takes another milestone today with the first clinic at a long-term care facility – the Northwood campus in Halifax – and one at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital,” said the first. Minister Stephen McNeil in a press release Monday. “Our healthcare professionals are working hard to get the vaccine out as quickly as possible. We can support them by being patient and continuing to follow all public health measures that help us contain the virus.

Northwood staff nurse Amanda Parsons prepares doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for long-term care residents at the Northwood campus in Halifax on Monday, January 11, 2021. – Communications Nova Scotia

Acadian student infected

On Sunday evening, Acadia University announced that a student who lives on campus had tested positive for COVID-19.

The case is travel-related and the student has been quarantined at home as required, a notice on the university’s website said.

“The student did not show any symptoms and we are grateful to him for following the health advice for testing and quarantine. Nova Scotia Public Health is monitoring the situation. When a person is diagnosed with COVID-19, Nova Scotia Public Health determines who they may have had close contact with and provides advice to those people. Contact tracing is vital to help limit the spread of COVID-19. The University will help the individual and we wish him good health. We also want to reassure them that their privacy will be respected. “

The notice says Acadia is already undergoing intensive cleaning measures on campus, but the positive case may require additional disinfection and access to buildings may be temporarily restricted.

The Acadia infection in the Western Health Zone was one of five new cases reported Monday in Nova Scotia.

Two other cases are in the central zone and are linked to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. One is a student from Dalhousie University in Halifax who lives off campus.

And there are two cases in the northern zone, one related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The person self-isolates, if necessary. The other case is close contact with a previously reported case.

With more resolved infections reported, the number of active cases has dropped from two to 26.

“Yesterday we did not report any new cases of COVID-19, which is good news, but it is not an indication that COVID-19 is no longer a risk,” Strang said in the statement. Press. “It is up to all of us to monitor public health measures to ensure we limit the spread of the virus. “

On Sunday, the Nova Scotia Health Authority labs performed 2,193 tests in Nova Scotia.

Since October 1, Nova Scotia has performed 129,173 tests. There have been 444 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is in the hospital. The cases vary in age from under 10 to over 70 years old. Four hundred and eighteen cases have now been resolved.

Potential exposures in Truro

Anyone who has worked or visited the following locations on the specified dates and times should immediately visit covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test, whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19. You can also call 811 if you don’t have online access or if you have other symptoms that concern you.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should self-isolate while waiting for your test result. If you don’t have any symptoms of COVID-19, you don’t need to self-isolate while you wait for your test result:

  • Foodland (Bible Hill, 241 Pictou Rd, Truro) January 2 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monitor symptoms up to and including January 16.
  • Sobeys (Fundy Trail Mall, 68 Robie St, Truro) January 4 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monitor symptoms up to and including January 18.

The health authority reminds people not to go to a COVID-19 assessment center without being invited. Please make an appointment online and do not go to a pop-up quick test location.

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