Nova Scotia reports 16 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, including 11 involving a ‘related group of families’ – .

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HALIFAX – Nova Scotia reports 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, as well as 15 recoveries, as the active number of cases in the province stands at 60.

Fifteen of Friday’s new cases were identified in the Central Zone province. Eleven relate to close contacts of previously reported cases and four relate to travel. NS Health says the close contacts are part of a related family group and do not represent wide spread in the community.

The other case is in the East zone and is linked to travel.

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.

“Today’s cases are a bit higher than what we’ve seen recently, but the majority of our new cases are close contacts of previously reported cases,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health from Nova Scotia in a press release. “It’s an important reminder that as we reopen and relax the restrictions, it’s important to keep your social circles small, get vaccinated as soon as you can, and get tested often. “

The 16 new cases mark the largest single-day increase reported in the province since June 8, when 17 cases were reported.

“Now is not the time to be complacent,” Premier Iain Rankin said in a press release. “Our strong adherence to public health protocols has helped us lower our numbers, but COVID-19 is not over yet. We should always follow public health measures, stay home if you are unwell, and wash your hands. “

THREE OTHER CASES RELATED TO HALIFAX SCHOOLS

Three of Friday’s cases are linked to two schools in Halifax.

On Thursday afternoon, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development announced that there was a confirmed case of COVID-19 linked to St. Joseph’s-Alexander McKay Elementary School in Halifax.

“The school will be closed to allow testing of close contact and a thorough cleaning of the building. Families and staff will receive information from the school about next week’s program, ”the department said in a statement. “Public health will be in contact with all close contacts of positive cases and will advise on next steps, including testing. All those who are in close contact will be informed, tested and instructed to self-isolate for 14 days. “

On Thursday evening, the ministry announced two cases related to Joseph Howe Elementary in Halifax.

“Due to a previously identified case, the school is closed to students until Monday to allow testing of close contacts,” the department said in a statement. “The school has undergone a deep clean (Thursday) and will be open to staff (Friday) to help students learn at home. “

Public health says families and students will receive an update before Monday.

Public health said on Friday evening there was potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus at Windsor Street Sobeys on June 20.

THE SECOND DOSE OF INCREASED VACCINE

Nova Scotians who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by May 20 can now schedule an appointment to receive their second dose earlier than originally scheduled.

In a press release Friday, the province announced that effective now, anyone who has received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by May 20 and who is due to receive their second dose by September 2 , can now postpone their appointment to receive their second dose to an earlier date.

Public health states that recipients will receive an email on the account provided at the time of booking.

Anyone who has not provided an email should call the toll-free line at 1-833-797-7772 to reschedule or to request that an email address be added.

When postponing the second dose, people will choose a new date and time at any clinic in the province that has an appointment available.

The province says notices will continue to be sent over the following weeks as the vaccine supply is received.

Health officials also said drive-thru vaccination clinics in Dartmouth, Truro and Wolfville can now accommodate up to four people in one vehicle. At the time of booking, you can schedule a maximum of four people for a meeting time.

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

As of Friday, 847,830 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered, with about 72.1% of the province’s total population having received at least one dose. Of these, 147,001 Nova Scotians received their second dose.

The province says it has received a total of 924,000 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.

CASE DATA

Nova Scotia labs processed 3,321 tests on Thursday and have now processed a total of 924,968 since the start of the pandemic.

There were 8,909 tests administered between June 18 and 24 at rapid test sites in Halifax, Dartmouth, Sackville, Sydney, Shelburne, Chester and New Minas.

There have been 5,814 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia. Of these, 5,662 people have recovered and 92 have died from COVID-19.

According to the province’s online dashboard, there are currently two people in the hospital, and one in an intensive care unit.

As of April 1, there have been 4,072 positive cases of COVID-19 and 26 deaths. Of the new cases since April 1, 3,986 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: 287 cases (three active cases)
  • Central zone: 4,627 cases (48 active cases)
  • North Zone: 298 cases (no active case)
  • East Zone: 602 cases (nine active cases)

The provincial state of emergency, which was first declared on March 22, 2020, has been extended until July 11, 2021.

BREAKDOWN DATA

Public health reports “revolutionary cases” every week. A groundbreaking case involves a person becoming positive for COVID-19 two weeks after receiving one or two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to Public Health, there were 4,108 cases from March 15 to June 22, 2021. Among these:

  • 26 (0.6%) were fully vaccinated
  • 219 (5.4%) were partially vaccinated
  • 3,863 (94%) were not vaccinated

There were 252 people hospitalized. From these:

  • Two (0.8%) were fully vaccinated
  • 27 (10.7%) were partially vaccinated
  • 223 (88.5%) were not vaccinated

Twenty-six people have died. From these:

  • One (3.8%) was fully vaccinated
  • Three (11.5%) were partially vaccinated
  • 22 (84.6%) were not vaccinated

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.

  • Alderney Gate (60 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth) from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Cole Harbour Place (51 Forrest Hills Parkway) de midi à 19h
  • Halifax Convention Center (1650 Argyle St., Halifax), noon to 7 p.m.
  • Sydney Fire Station, 540 Esplanade, Sydney from 2 p.m. to 7 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 new or worsening symptoms, is encouraged to take an online test or call 811 to determine if they should have a test. COVID-19 test:

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