NS Confirms Positive Cases In Halifax Hospital COVID-Free Unit; 110 new infections Thursday – fr

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NS Confirms Positive Cases In Halifax Hospital COVID-Free Unit; 110 new infections Thursday – fr


HALIFAX – Nova Scotia health officials are reporting 110 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

In a press release from the province, it is stated that 83 of the cases are in the central zone of the province, 12 in the east zone and six in the north zone.

“I am happy that the number of cases is not increasing in the central area where the epidemic has been most severe,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “We all have to stay there to make sure we stop the spread of rapid variants. If you are not feeling well, stay home. By following public health measures, we strive to protect each other. “

Health officials also said eight patients in a non-COVID unit at the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Center have tested positive for COVID-19 and are being transferred to a COVID-19 unit.

All other patients on the non-COVID unit were tested for the virus, all of whom came back negative.

As a precaution, staff and doctors working on the unit will also be tested for COVID-19.

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 – east, north and west – are being monitored for signs of community spread.

One hundred and fifty-five of the previously reported cases in the province are now considered resolved, with the total number of active cases falling to 1,572.

“We are seeing the first signs of a decrease in the number of our cases, which indicates that the restrictions in place are working,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia. “The cases we are seeing have less close contact than the cases in previous weeks. We’re going in the right direction, so let’s keep up the good work by strictly adhering to public health protocols.

SUSPENDED SHIPYARD HALIFAX PRODUCTION

On Thursday, the Halifax Shipyard confirmed that six employees and six contractors had tested positive for COVID-19.

The company says that out of caution, production operations at the Halifax shipyard were suspended until Monday.

COVID-19 NS CASE DATA

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs performed 7,205 tests on Wednesday.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 4,407 cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia. Of these, 2,764 cases have recovered and 71 people have died from the novel coronavirus.

There are currently 85 people in hospital due to COVID-19, with 15 people 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: 224 cases (71 active cases)
  • Central zone: 3,642 cases (1,305 active cases)
  • North Zone: 217 cases (60 active cases)
  • East Zone: 324 cases (136 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 Thursday, 402,733 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered. Of that number, 38,421 are Nova Scotians who 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.

Nova Scotia also announced a milestone Thursday, saying the province has now administered 400,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The news means the province has doubled the number of vaccinations in less than a month, after celebrating 200,000 doses on April 16.

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 Thursday include:

  • John Martin School – 7 Brule St. Dartmouth from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Bridgewater Cineplex, 349 rue Lahave from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Center 200, 481 George St, Sydney from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Convention Center, Halifax from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Alderney Gate Public Library, Dartmouth from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Halifax Central Library from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Central Spryfield Elementary School, 364 Herring Cove Road from 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 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:

Correction:

An earlier version of this story indicated that Nova Scotia recorded 159 new recoveries. This should have read 155 and has been fixed in the current version.

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