The two, a woman in their 50s and a man in their 60s, lived in the central area, which includes the Halifax area. Dr Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said that in one of the cases, health officials learned that the person had contracted COVID-19 after his death. He did not say when the two people died.
“It is indeed a very sad day,” Strang said during an afternoon briefing with Prime Minister Iain Rankin.
The province is waiving ambulance fees for people infected with the virus who must go to hospital in an emergency.
“Don’t fight at home,” Rankin said.
There are currently 37 people with COVID-19 in hospital, including eight in intensive care.
Nova Scotia’s intensive care units are treating more COVID-19 patients now than at any time since the start of the pandemic, and the provincial health authority chief has said hospitals are on the move. were preparing to be even busier.
Strang agreed the province is at a critical point. Not only are more and more people entering hospitals with the virus, patients with chronic conditions are having their surgery delayed.
“We have a path, we are at a crossroads. We put things in place – now the path we end up on really depends on how people conform to it, ”Strang said.
153 new cases Tuesday
There have now been 69 COVID-related deaths in Nova Scotia since the start of the pandemic, including 53 at the Northwood long-term care home in Halifax last spring.
The province reported 153 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. There are 139 cases in the central zone, 10 in the east zone, three in the north zone and one in the west zone.
There are 1,060 active cases in the province. Cases vary in age from under 10 to over 90 years old
On Monday, the laboratories of the Nova Scotia health authorities performed 19,174 tests, the highest daily number to date.
Current lockdowns include closing all schools and orders not to leave the municipality in which you live and, except in exceptional circumstances, not to reunite with anyone outside of your home.
Police have imposed dozens of fines, which now start at $ 2,000 per person, in the past few days alone. Since the start of the pandemic last year, nearly 800 tickets have been issued for violations of the health protection law.
During a COVID-19 briefing on Monday, Strang said daily new cases were still somewhat skewed by a backlog in processing tests and entering data in health authorities’ microbiology labs. On Tuesday, he said the backlog had been cleared.
Lab testing guidelines were changed last week when the backlog was announced. Previously available to all Nova Scotians 16 years of age and older, lab tests are now limited to:
- Anyone with symptoms.
- Anyone who has been informed that they are a contact of a known case, even if they are asymptomatic.
- Anyone who has visited a publicly listed exhibition site or who has been directly informed by public health that they have visited an exhibition site. This includes anyone who is asymptomatic and those classified as low risk exposure.
- Anyone who has traveled outside of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, even if they are asymptomatic.
- Anyone who needed to be tested before surgery.
Rapid tests are still available to everyone on pop-up sites across the province. This week, rapid tests are planned in Halifax, Sydney, Bridgewater and Membertou.
As of Monday, 325,218 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Nova Scotia, including 36,687 seconds. This means that about 33% of the population received at least one dose and about 3.7% received both doses.
Vaccine eligibility opens by age and the province plans to open access to all 16 and over by the end of June, according to the offer.
Currently, people 50 years of age or older can make an appointment for one of the approved vaccines – Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, or AstraZeneca-Oxford – while those aged 40-49 are eligible for the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine only.
Appointments are made online and by phone at 1-833-797-7772.
Atlantic Canada Case Numbers
- Newfoundland and Labrador reported four new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, at least three of them linked to travel. There are still 56 active cases in the province.
- New Brunswick reported four new cases on Tuesday and 850 people across the province have isolated themselves. There are 141 active cases.
- Prince Edward Island announced a new case on Tuesday and the number of active cases fell to seven.