Nova Scotia is reporting 146 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the same day the province expanded its eligibility for Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.
Appointments for the two mRNA vaccines were opened to people aged 50 to 54 on Monday morning, the Department of Health said in a press release.There are approximately 67,625 eligible Nova Scotians between the ages of 50 and 54.
Until Monday, both vaccines were available to Nova Scotians 55 and older. The province has gradually reduced the age cohort eligible for vaccines as part of its vaccine deployment strategy.
Vaccines will be available for the new age group at all designated community clinics and pharmacies, and further appointments will be announced as vaccine supply is confirmed.
The province also announced that it will hold its first drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic next Monday, at Dartmouth General Hospital.
The clinic will be open to Nova Scotians aged 50 and over. Drive-thru appointments will open on Tuesday.
As of Sunday, 320,910 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered. Of that number, 36,600 Nova Scotians had received their second dose.
146 new cases
The 146 new cases of COVID-19 were identified among 17,092 tests on Sunday. According to provincial figures posted, 1% of tests carried out on Sunday came back positive.
There are 130 new cases in the central health zone, nine in the eastern zone, three in the west zone and four in the north zone.
The province has continuously reported a high daily number of cases in recent days as it works with a backlog of approximately 45,000 untreated tests.
The province reported a record 148 new cases on Saturday after performing nearly 17,000 tests.
Forty people are hospitalized due to COVID-19, including six in intensive care.
There are now 943 known active cases in the province. A list of active exhibition sites in Nova Scotia can be found here.
Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health, are expected to provide an update on COVID-19 in Nova Scotia on Monday.
The briefing is scheduled for 3 p.m. It will be broadcast live here.
Atlantic Canada Case Numbers
- Newfoundland and Labrador reported 18 new cases on Sunday, 11 of which were identified on a ship anchored in Conception Bay. There were 51 active cases and three people in hospital linked to the virus.
- New Brunswick reported six new cases on Sunday and one new death. There were 137 active cases. Five people are hospitalized with the virus, two in intensive care.
- Prince Edward Island announced one new case on Sunday after announcing two on Friday. The province had 13 active cases with no one in hospital.