Two COVID-19 deaths, 153 new cases reported in Nova Scotia on Tuesday.


HALIFAX – In what Nova Scotia Premier Ian Rankin described in a particularly difficult briefing, Nova Scotia announced two new COVID-19 and 153 new cases on Tuesday.

One of those who died was a woman in her 50s, and a man in her 70s. Rankin said they both died at home from COVID complications – one unknown to public health, as he had not tested positive before his death.

“It’s really a very sad day,” Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer, Dr. Robert Strang said. “These people are not matters or numbers – they are family, friends and neighbors.”

Strang said, due to privacy concerns, no further information about the two dead could be released.

“On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I would like to extend my condolences to their family and friends,” Rankin said. “We are very sorry for your loss.”

There have been 69 COVID-19 related deaths in the province since the epidemic began.

There are one hundred twenty-nine of the 153 new cases Tuesday in the Central Zone. Ten are in the eastern region, three in the northern region and one in the western region.

Rankin also announced that the province would waive ambulance fees for EHS callers due to COVID-19 symptoms.

Marks have also been placed on Tuesday, a week after the latest round of recent lockdown restrictions began in Nova Scotia.

“We need to assure you that these restrictions will work,” Rankin said.

NS COVID-19 CASE DATA

The Nova Scotia Health Authority Lab completed a record 19,174 COVID-19 tests on Monday as the province works through its testing backlog.

Since the onset of the epidemic, there have been 3,007 COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia. Of them, 1,878 cases have been recovered and 69 people have died due to COVID-19.

There are currently 29 people in the hospital due to COVID-19, eight of whom are in intensive care.

Such cases are confirmed throughout the province, but most have been identified in the central region, including the Halifax Regional Municipality.

The provincial government says that cumulative cases by zone are subject to change as the data is updated in Panorama, the province’s electronic information system.

The number indicates where a person lives and not where his sample was collected.

  • Western Region: 156 cases (27 active cases)

  • Central Region: 2,479 cases (930 active cases)

  • Northern Region: 163 cases (22 active cases)

  • Eastern Region: 209 cases (81 active cases)

The provincial state of emergency, first announced on March 22, 2020, has been extended to May 16, 2021.

Change of ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING STRATEGY

To address the test result backlog, Nova Scotia is shifting its COVID-19 asymptomatic testing strategy.

In the interim, most Nova Scotians are encouraged to use pop-up testing sites rather than book COVID-19 lab tests over the next few days.

Individuals under the following categories are still encouraged to book laboratory tests:

  • Anyone with symptoms

  • Anyone who has been informed that they are in close contact with a known matter

  • Whoever is in the exposure place

  • Anyone who has traveled outside of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador

Public Health says that anyone who does not meet the above criteria and has already booked an appointment should cancel it, following the instructions in their confirmation email.

“Efforts are being made to rapidly increase test capacity around the province,” a province spokesman wrote in a media release on Friday.

Testing locations to be operated on Tuesday include:

  • Alderney Gate Public Library (60 Alderney Dr., Dartmouth) – noon to 7 pm

  • Cineplex Bridgewater (349 Lahaway St., Bridgewater) – 3pm to 7pm

  • Center 200 (481 George St., Sydney) – 2pm to 7pm

  • Halifax Central Library (5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax) – noon to 7 pm

  • Halifax Convention Center (Argyle St. Entrance, 1650 Argyle St., Halifax) – from noon to 7 p.m.

  • John Martin School (7 Brule St. Dartmouth) – noon to 7 p.m.

  • St Andrews Community Center (3380 Barnstead Lane, Halifax) – noon to 7 pm

Vacation update

Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 online dashboard provides an update on the vaccine volume that has been administered to date.

As of Tuesday, 325,218 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given. According to the province, 29.7 percent of the eligible population has received vaccines as of Thursday, while 3.8 percent have received a second dose.

Since November 15, Nova Scotia has received a total of 388,450 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID ALERT APP

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

The app, which can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or Google Play, informs users if they can come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

List of symptoms

Anyone who experiences fever or a new or worsening cough, or has two or more of the following new or worsening symptoms, is encouraged to see if there is a need to test for COVID-19. No, call 811 to determine

  • Sore throat

  • head ache

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Runny nose / nasal congestion

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