Death, a man in his sixties, is in the central health zone. This is the 71st COVID-related death in the province. The number of active cases marks a significant decrease from the figure of 227 the previous day.
Premier Iain Rankin said on Friday that there were more than 200 positive results that had not been recorded in the data entry system. It is not known if any of these arrears are included in today’s figures.
Two of the new cases concern staff in health care facilities.
One is a staff member of Melville Gardens, a residential care facility in Halifax. The other case is a staff member at Harbor View Haven, a retirement home in Lunenburg.
Most residents of the facilities have been fully immunized but are isolated in their rooms while staff and residents are tested.
The majority of the new cases, 134, are in the central health zone.
There are 13 cases in the north zone and eight each in the east and west zones.
Nova Scotia now has 1,538 active cases of COVID-19.
Nova Scotia health labs performed 6,911 tests on Friday.
In a press release, Rankin called on Nova Scotians to do their part to control the virus.
“The actions of every Nova Scotian are essential at this time. Everyone has a role to play. So let’s do it together. Let’s get this virus under control, ”he said.
As a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across Nova Scotia, more young and healthy people are being admitted to intensive care, according to a doctor in Halifax.
“We have had patients who are as young as their 20s who are in intensive care with COVID, and who have reached their forties, fifties and sixties,” Dr. Sarah McMullen, intensive care physician in Halifax, said on Saturday. on CBC News Network.
McMullen said COVID-19-related hospitalizations were reserved for the elderly and those with underlying illnesses during the first wave. This is no longer the case.
“Some of them are in perfect health at the start, so [it’s a] a bit of a demographic shift from what we saw in the first wave, ”she said.
As of Saturday, 49 people were in hospital with COVID-19, seven in intensive care.
McMullen said there were about eight people on ventilators in the ICU on Saturday morning, but she expects intensive care admissions to peak in the next seven to 10 days.
She warned that although the death rate in the intensive care unit has been low, there is “a significant risk of death and death” when a patient reaches the stage where they need a ventilator.
“It is a frightening and lonely time for the patients and their families who are going through this situation, no matter where they are in the hospital, but especially in the intensive care unit,” he said. she declared.
No more restrictions in place
Rankin announced more restrictions and lockdown measures on Friday to help stem the spread of COVID-19.
Schools will remain closed for at least the rest of May, and households must now nominate someone to make essential purchases. Otherwise, Nova Scotians are encouraged to stay home during the third wave of the pandemic.
Starting Monday at 8 a.m., the provincial border will be closed to people entering from Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador until at least the end of the month. The border will also be closed to anyone moving to Nova Scotia.
The province also expanded vaccine eligibility for Nova Scotians aged 45 to 49 on Friday.
People in the new age group can now make appointments for Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
This age group is also eligible for the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The vaccine rollout in Nova Scotia continues with 356,978 doses of vaccine administered, including 37,630 second doses as of Friday.
New rapid test site in Halifax
A new rapid test site opened in Halifax on Saturday.
People aged 16 and over without symptoms can now visit the Canada Games Center in Clayton Park from noon to 7 p.m. this weekend to get tested for COVID-19.
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Rapid screening is only open to people who have not traveled, have not been to a place of exposure and are not in close contact with a positive case.
A list of rapid test sites across the province can be found here.
Testing outside of Halifax
A statement from Nova Scotia Health on Saturday said that due to potential low-risk exposures and positive cases in and around the South Rim and the Annapolis Valley, asymptomatic testing sites will be available from Saturday to Monday. in affected areas. The tests are available on:
- Gateway Plaza at 200-215 Dominion Street, Bridgewater 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Lunenburg Municipal Building at 210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Liverpool at 157 School St. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Acadia University Club at 17 Westwood Ave., Wolfville from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Berwick Fire Station at 300 Commercial Street, Berwick from 8 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Atlantic Canada Case Numbers
- New Brunswick reported eight new cases and one new death on Saturday. There are now 141 active cases.
- Newfoundland and Labrador reported six new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 67 active cases on Saturday.
- Prince Edward Island announced a new case on Friday and now has 10 active cases.