Nova Scotia to stop giving AstraZeneca as first dose; reports 149 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday – fr

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Nova Scotia to stop giving AstraZeneca as first dose; reports 149 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday – fr


HALIFAX – Nova Scotia has decided to stop giving the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as the first effective dose immediately.

“The decision to suspend the use of AstraZeneca is based on science and the increased availability of mRNA vaccines,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia, at a press conference in Halifax Wednesday afternoon.

In a press release, the province noted that there was “an observed increase in the rare blood clotting disease associated with this vaccine.”

AstraZeneca vaccine has been associated with vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia, or VITT, in other provinces. Strang said Wednesday afternoon that there had been no case of this in Nova Scotia.

Strang said anyone already booked to get AstraZeneca would be contacted to change their appointment to get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine instead.

“As we move these reservations over to Pfizer and Moderna, I ask you to be patient,” Strang said. “You will soon be vaccinated. “

A decision on whether to use AstraZeneca as a second dose will be made when more information becomes available from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

NS ANNOUNCES 149 NEW CASES OF COVID-19

Nova Scotia health officials reported 149 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the province’s total number of active cases to 1,621.

In a statement, Nova Scotia health officials said 116 of Wednesday’s new cases were in the central area of ​​the province.

Eleven new cases have been identified in the East zone, 13 new cases are reported in the West zone and nine new cases in the North zone.

Public health says it has cleared the backlog of positive cases, with all cases now being contacted and entered into the province’s data system. Public health has resumed contact with the new positive cases after receiving laboratory confirmation.

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.

119 of the previously reported cases in Nova Scotia are now considered resolved, with the total number of active infections rising to 1,621.

NS COVID-19 CASE DATA

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs performed 7,289 tests for COVID-19 on Tuesday. Officials have performed a total of 693,382 tests since the start of the pandemic.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 4,301 cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia. Of these, 2,609 cases have recovered and 71 people have died from COVID-19.

There are currently 73 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 14 of whom are in intensive care.

As of April 1, there have been 2,559 positive COVID-19 cases and five deaths. Of the cases since April 1, 933 are now considered resolved.

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: 215 cases (63 active cases)
  • Central zone: 3,563 cases (1,367 active cases)
  • North Zone: 211 cases (57 active cases)
  • East Zone: 312 cases (134 active cases)

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

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 Wednesday, 387,683 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered. Of these, 38,152 Nova Scotians received their second dose.

As of Tuesday, Nova Scotia has received a total of 466,900 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since December 15.

The province is encouraging all Nova Scotians to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they are eligible.

COVID-19 vaccination appointments can be made online or by phone at 1-833-797-7772. Appointments cannot be booked directly with a community clinic, pharmacy, or doctor. Walk-ins will be refused.

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.

The province says it is making an effort to increase rapid testing capacity across the province.

Contextual test locations provided on Wednesday include:

  • Alderney Gate Public Library (60 Alderney Dr., Dartmouth) – noon to 7 p.m.
  • Bridgewater Cineplex (349, rue Lahave) – 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Canada Games Center (26 Thomas Raddall Dr.) – noon to 7 p.m.
  • Central Spryfield Elementary School (364 Herring Cove Road) – noon to 7 p.m.
  • Center 200 (481 George St., Sydney) – 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Halifax Central Library (5440 Spring Garden Rd.) – noon to 7 p.m.
  • Halifax Convention Center (Argyle Street entrance, 1650 Argyle Street) – noon to 7 p.m.
  • John Martin School (7 Brule St., Dartmouth) – noon to 7 p.m.

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

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