25 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Nova Scotia – .

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25 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Nova Scotia – .


PRESS RELEASE
COVID-19 / HEALTH / WELL-BEING
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Today, October 8, Nova Scotia is reporting 25 new cases of COVID-19 and 38 recoveries.

There are 17 cases in the central zone, four cases in the east zone, three cases in the north zone and one case in the west zone.

There is community spread in the central area, mainly among people aged 20 to 40 who are not vaccinated and participate in social activities.

On October 7, two schools were notified of one or more exhibits at their school. It is important to note that exposure associated with a school does not mean that there is spread within the school or that the original case was first exposed to the virus in the school. As always, all staff, parents, and guardians are notified of exhibits if a positive case (student, teacher, or staff) was in school while it was contagious. A list of the schools exhibited is available online: https: //backtoschool.ednet.ns.ca / school-exhibitions.

There were 5,214 cases from March 15 to October 6, 2021. Among these:

– 257 (4.9%) were fully vaccinated
– 332 (6.4%) were partially vaccinated
– 4,625 (88.7%) were not vaccinated

There were 290 people hospitalized. From these:

– 7 (2.4%) were fully vaccinated
– 29 (10.0%) were partially vaccinated
– 254 (87.6%) were not vaccinated

Thirty-two people died. From these:

– 3 (9.4%) were fully vaccinated
– 3 (9.4%) were partially vaccinated
– 26 (81.3%) were not vaccinated

To date, Nova Scotia has 234 active cases of COVID-19. Of these, 15 people are hospitalized, including four in intensive care.

There were 22,139 rapid tests administered between October 1 and October 7. This includes 5,709 rapid tests at pop-up sites in Halifax and Dartmouth and 16,430 as part of the workplace screening program. Another 8,730 rapid home tests were distributed on pop-up sites.

On October 7, the laboratories of the Nova Scotia Health Authority performed 3,740 tests.

As of October 7, 1,529,212 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered. Of these, 737,561 Nova Scotians received their second dose.

Since August 1, there have been 1,022 positive cases of COVID-19 and four deaths. The age of cases varies from less than 10 years to over 90 years. There are 784 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Testing Tips:

Nova Scotians with or without symptoms can book a test at: https: // covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en for COVID-19 for COVID-19 testing centers across the province. People eligible to receive asymptomatic tests are listed at: https://www.nshealth.ca/visit-site-test-covid-19. Those who have no symptoms and do not meet the criteria are encouraged to use one of the rapid test pop-up sites if they wish to be tested. Some mobile public health unit clinics also offer walk-in testing; this will be noted in promotions.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 is advised to self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test.

Anyone told by public health that they were a close contact should perform a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results, unless they are fully vaccinated. If they are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the exposure date, they do not need to self-isolate until they have symptoms of COVID-19. They should still be tested and monitored for symptoms for up to 14 days after the date of exposure. If symptoms develop, they should get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.

Symptoms and self-assessment:

Nova Scotians should visit https: // covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to complete a self-assessment if, in the past 48 hours, they have had or are currently living:

– cough (new or worse)

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

– fever (chills, sweating)
– headache
– runny nose or nasal congestion
– sore throat
– shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing

People should call 811 if they can’t access the online self-assessment or if they want to talk to a nurse about their symptoms.
Anyone showing symptoms should immediately self-isolate and book a test.

Fast facts:
– a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and was extended until October 17, 2021

Additional Resources:
Nova Scotians can find accurate and up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

More information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus / data /

More information on public health text notifications of positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts is available here: https://www.nshealth.ca/news/public-health-start-to-contact-cases-positive-covid-19-close-contacts-text-message

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus or 1-833-784-4397 (toll free)

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