There were 138 cases in the central health zone, 16 in the eastern zone, six in the western zone and five in the north zone. One of the cases in the central area is a home care worker employed by the Northwood long-term care facility in Halifax. A press release from the province says follow-up is underway with staff and customers.
There are now 1,626 known active cases in the province.
There were 227 cases announced on Friday, the highest total for the pandemic, and 163 on Saturday.
Nova Scotia health labs performed 7,511 tests for COVID-19 on Saturday, representing a positivity rate of 1.4%, according to provincial calculations.
In the statement, Premier Iain Rankin wished all mothers and those who play the role a Happy Mother’s Day.
“For the second year in a row, Mother’s Day will be very different from what we’re used to,” he said. “Thank you for adjusting your celebrations to be as safe as possible. “
During a CBC appearance Rosemary Barton Live On Sunday, Rankin said the backlog of more than 200 positive cases announced at Friday’s briefing was shrinking every day.
Responding to a question from Barton about Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health, saying that “mRNA vaccines are better,” Rankin said people should take the first vaccine available to them.
“But it’s no secret that the effectiveness of mRNA vaccines is a bit higher, but in our province we have been very successful in delivering our vaccines,” he said.
Rankin said Nova Scotia has little AstraZeneca vaccine but the province will take any vaccine offered.
He said he knew the current tight restrictions were affecting people’s lives, but described it as “short-term pain for long-term gain.”
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 Annapolis Valley, asymptomatic testing sites will be available until 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 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Atlantic Canada Case Numbers
- New Brunswick reported six new cases on Sunday. There are now 141 active cases.
- Newfoundland and Labrador reported five new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 67 active cases on Sunday.
- Prince Edward Island announced a new case on Friday and now has 10 active cases.