Nova Scotia reports 146 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday; active cases amount to 943 – fr

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Nova Scotia reports 146 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday; active cases amount to 943 – fr


HALIFAX – Nova Scotia is reporting 146 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, as the province works on its backlog of tests.

In a statement, Nova Scotia health officials said 130 of Monday’s new cases were in the central area of ​​the province.

Nine new cases have been identified in the East zone, three new cases are reported in the West zone and four new cases in the North zone.

Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang are due to give a live update on the COVID-19 situation in the province at 3 p.m. Atlantic.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority lab continues to experience a backlog due to the volume of testing in the province, the statement said. There is also a delay in entering data on public health cases into the province’s online dashboard.

The province no longer includes an “exposure category” (travel, close contact, etc.), citing an increase in investigations.

Health officials say there is evidence of community spreading in the central area of ​​Nova Scotia.

According to Public Health, other areas of the province, to the east, north and west, are being monitored for signs of community spread.

Twenty-five of the previously reported cases in Nova Scotia are now considered resolved, with the total number of active infections rising to 943.

COVID-19 NS CASE DATA

On Sunday, the laboratories of the Nova Scotia Health Authority performed a one-day record of 17,092 COVID-19 tests.

Sunday marked the province’s sixth consecutive day with more than 12,000 tests completed, while 90,738 combined tests have been completed since Tuesday.

QEII’s microbiology lab technical director tells CTV Atlantic staff have “gotten through” the backlog over the weekend and expect all Friday testing to be completed by the end Monday.

“Then the numbers coming in this weekend have been weaker, so we should get out of that relatively quickly as well,” says Charles Heinstein. “So I would say we’re almost there.”

Heinstein says staff in the microbiology lab work overtime, with 24-hour shifts.

He says just a few weeks ago they were processing 5,000 tests a day, but have tripled their capacity and are now processing over 15,000.

“I think this generally reflects the fact that COVID circulates widely in our community and it’s important that everyone follow the rules,” adds Todd Hatchette, chief microbiology officer at Nova Scotia Health.

Officials say Nova Scotia is currently testing more people per capita than anywhere else in the country.

“There will always be tests in the system that need to be tested and reported, so there will always be a bit of a backlog,” Hatchette says. “The extent of this backlog depends on the number of tests we do. That day we had 22,000 tests submitted in one day, which exceeded the capacity of the lab. “

As of May 3, Nova Scotia had performed 605,079 COVID-19 tests.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 2,854 cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia. Of these, 1,844 cases have recovered and 67 people have died from the novel coronavirus.

There are currently 40 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including six in the intensive care unit.

There are confirmed cases across the province, but most have been identified in the central area, which contains the Halifax Regional Municipality.

The provincial government says cumulative cases by area may change as data is updated in Panorama, the province’s electronic information system.

The numbers reflect a person’s place of residence, not where their sample was collected.

  • West Zone: 155 cases (26 active cases)
  • Central zone: 2340 cases (823 active cases)
  • North zone: 160 cases (20 active cases)
  • East Zone: 199 cases (74 active cases)

The provincial state of emergency, which was first proclaimed on March 22, 2020, has been extended until May 16, 2021.

CHANGES TO THE ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING STRATEGY

To address the backlog of test results, Nova Scotia is changing its asymptomatic screening strategy for COVID-19.

In the meantime, most Nova Scotians are encouraged to use pop-up testing sites instead of booking a COVID-19 lab test over the next few days.

People in the following categories are always encouraged to book lab tests:

  • anyone with symptoms
  • anyone who has been informed that they are a close contact of a known case
  • anyone who has been in an exhibition venue
  • anyone who has traveled outside of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador

Public health says anyone who does not meet the above criteria and has already booked an appointment should cancel it by following the instructions provided in their confirmation email.

“Efforts are being made to increase rapid testing capacity across the province,” the province wrote in a statement Friday.

Contextual test locations provided on Mondays include:

  • John Martin School (7 Brule St. Dartmouth) – noon to 7 p.m.
  • Cineplex Bridgewater (349 Lahave Street, Bridgewater) – 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Center 200 (481 George St, Sydney) – 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Alderney Gate Public Library (60 Alderney Dr., Dartmouth) – noon to 7 p.m.
  • Halifax Central Library (5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax) – noon to 7 p.m.
  • Halifax Convention Center (Argyle Street entrance, 1650 Argyle Street, Halifax) – noon to 7 p.m.

NOVA SCOTIANS AGED 50 TO 54 NOW ELIGIBLE FOR PFIZER AND MODERNA VACCINES

Beginning Monday, Nova Scotians between the ages of 50 and 54 can make appointments to receive Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

People in this age group can now make appointments at participating community clinics and pharmacies and primary care clinics that offer Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

NS Health says all participating community clinics and pharmacies have appointments available for this age group.

Depending on the province, there are approximately 67,625 eligible Nova Scotians in the 50 to 54 age group.

Nova Scotia also announced that the province’s first drive-thru vaccination clinic will open on Monday May 10 at Dartmouth General Hospital.

This clinic will be for people aged 50 and over. Appointments will be posted on Tuesday May 4.

UPDATING VACCINES

Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 online dashboard provides an update on the amount of vaccines that have been administered to date.

As of Monday, 320,910 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered. According to the province, 30.1% of the eligible population received vaccines on Thursday, with 4.2% receiving a second dose.

Since the last dashboard update on April 27, Nova Scotia has received a total of 345,940 doses of COVID-19 vaccine since December 15, 2020.

COVID ALERT APP

The Canadian COVID-19 alert application is available in Nova Scotia.

The app, which can be downloaded through Apple’s App Store or Google Play, notifies users if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

LIST OF SYMPTOMS

Anyone who has a fever, a new or worsening cough, or two or more of the following new or worsening symptoms, are encouraged to take an online test or call 811 to determine if they should be. tested for COVID-19:

This is a developing story, it will be updated throughout the day.

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