Nova Scotia reports 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday; increase the second doses – .

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Nova Scotia reports 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday; active cases increase to 97 – .


HALIFAX – Nova Scotia reports 14 new cases of COVID-19 and nine recoveries on Thursday, as the province announces plans to increase second doses.

Public health says 12 of the new cases are in the central area of ​​the province. Eleven are close contacts of previously reported cases and the other is under investigation.

A new case is in the East Zone, involving close contact with a previously reported case.

A new case is located in the West zone and is linked to displacements.

No new cases were reported Thursday in the northern area of ​​the province.

Public health says there is now “limited community spread” in the central area. The East, North and West areas continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

INCREASE IN SECOND DOSES

Nova Scotia says it is ramping up delivery of second doses as the province is expected to receive a large vaccine delivery in the coming weeks.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang says Nova Scotia is ready to receive 400,000 doses of the vaccine, most of which are from Moderna.

“This is a dramatic increase in our supply and well above the maximum we expected,” Strang said. “But at the end of the day, it’s a game changer. “

This means that everyone will receive their second dose much sooner than originally planned.

Strang said planning is underway and public health will have more concrete information in the days to come.

The increased supply could mean expanding all areas of vaccine delivery, including longer clinic hours, more people, and possibly more clinics.

MODERN

With more Moderna vaccines to come, Strang reiterated on Thursday that there was no substantial difference between the Moderna vaccine and Pfizer.

“The only real difference is that they are made by two different companies,” he said.

Strang urged people to make the first available appointment for the vaccine and not wait for a dose of Pfizer.

“So far we’ve had more from Pfizer than from Moderna, but that’s about to change. “

CASE DATA

Nova Scotia labs on Wednesday processed 5,977 tests and have now processed a total of 894,956 since the start of the pandemic.

There have been 5,773 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia. Of these, 5,586 people have recovered and 90 have died from COVID-19.

There are currently six people in hospital, including three in an intensive care unit, according to the province’s online dashboard.

Since April 1, there have been 4,031 positive cases of COVID-19 and 24 deaths. Of the new cases since April 1, 3,910 are now considered resolved.

There are confirmed cases across the province, but most have been identified in the central area, which includes 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 where a person lives, not where their sample was collected.

  • West zone: 285 cases (four active cases)
  • Central zone: 4,591 cases (62 active cases)
  • North Zone: 298 cases (four active cases)
  • East Zone: 599 cases (27 active cases)

The provincial state of emergency, which was first declared on March 22, 2020, has been extended until June 27, 2021.

UPDATING THE VACCINE

The province’s COVID-19 online dashboard provides an update on the number of vaccines that have been administered to date.

As of Thursday, 735,008 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered, with about 67.6% of the province’s total population having received at least one dose. Of these, 58,854 Nova Scotians received their second dose.

The province says it has received a total of 788,770 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since December 15.

All Nova Scotians are encouraged 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.

NOVA SCOTIA ENCOURAGED TO REQUEST ASYMPTOMATIC TESTS

Public health strongly encourages Nova Scotians to look for an asymptomatic COVID-19 test, especially if they have had multiple social interactions, even with their own social circle.

COVID-19 testing can be booked through the province’s online COVID-19 self-assessment tool, or by calling 811.

People can also visit one of Nova Scotia’s instant rapid test sites that continue to operate across the province.

  • Centennial Arena (27 Vimy Avenue, Halifax) from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Halifax Central Library (5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS), noon to 7 p.m.
  • Halifax Convention Center (1650 Argyle St., Halifax), 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

COVID ALERT APPLICATION

Canada’s COVID-19 alert app is available in Nova Scotia.

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

LIST OF SYMPTMS

Anyone who has a new or worsening fever or cough, or at least two of the following symptoms, new or worsening, is encouraged to take an online test or call 811 to determine if they should have it. a COVID-19 test:

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