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NS on Tuesday set another single-day record high with 522 new COVID-19 infections

Nova Scotia is reporting 522 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the sixth day in a row the province has announced a record high single-day increase.

The previous record for the highest single-day case increase was on Monday, when 485 new infections were announced.

Public health says Tuesday’s 382 cases are in the central region of the province, 59 in the eastern region, 38 in the northern region and 43 in the western region.

Nine people are currently in hospital in Nova Scotia, three of whom are being treated in intensive care.

The province did not provide any numbers for the current total number of active cases, nor did they provide any updates on Monday about recoveries.

Since December 15, Nova Scotia has announced 2,590 new cases of COVID-19, including the highest daily totals since the pandemic began.

On Monday, nine schools in the state have been informed about the demonstration in their school.

A complete list of school exposures is available online.

Due to an increase in testing and positive cases, Public Health says it is experiencing some delays in follow-up and will attempt to contact anyone confirmed positive by the laboratory within 24 hours.

The province says all close contacts, including fully vaccinated individuals, are now required to isolate for 72 hours after exposure and receive lab-based PCR tests. People who have been fully vaccinated may stop isolating after receiving a negative laboratory test. People who have not been fully vaccinated should continue to isolate, following instructions from close contacts found online.

On Monday, the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s lab completed 10,201 tests.

tightening of restrictions

Nova Scotia is imposing strict COVID-19 restrictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

“We need more restrictions to make sure everyone slows down, limits their socialization, and limits the opportunities for the virus to spread. It may mean a smaller Christmas dinner than you thought, but it’s better to be small and safe,” Premier Tim Houston said Tuesday during a live COVID-19 news conference.

The new restrictions, which include changes to gathering limits, physical distancing requirements and long-term care, will take effect from 6 a.m. on Wednesday and remain in place until at least January 12.

A full list of restrictions can be found online.

Booster Dose Eligibility Detail

Starting Thursday, booster eligibility will be expanded to include individuals aged 50 years and above who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for at least six months.

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“We are respecting NACI,” Houston said. “If NACI changes, we will change but right now, NACI is saying six months, that’s the key thing we’re used to.”

Houston says that currently, there are about 100,000 booster doses in the province, which will mostly be used when the next age-group becomes eligible.

“For this reason, and to avoid the Hunger-Games-type scenario in our province … we want the most vulnerable to get their boosters first. So, what can we do that we’re over 50? People can open up to six months,” Houston said.

For everyone else, says Houston, the province is working with the federal government and hopes to get the doses needed in time to meet the need over the next few weeks.

Approach to test change

Nova Scotia’s top doctor says the province needs to change its approach to testing to meet demand.

Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang, says that because of the high volume of cases, the province needs to prioritize its supply and testing capacity to ensure that people who need testing get tested. able to get one.

Effective immediately, PCR testing is being limited to individuals who:

  • There are symptoms of COVID-19.
  • There are close contacts of positive cases.
  • There is an increased risk of serious illness.
  • Living in a collective living setting.
  • are integral to keeping the province’s health care system running.

“For everyone else, even those with symptoms that are not in one of the above groups, you will need to start using rapid tests,” Strang said. “If your rapid test is positive, you will not need to have a follow-up PCR test. You will assume you have COVID and then follow up with isolation and then notify any of your close contacts.”

Strang also says the province will no longer make rapid test kits widely available to avoid a backlog of test results.

“We are also pausing our workplace testing programs in low-risk workplaces,” Strang said.

Outbreak declared in two hospitals

The Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) says an outbreak has been declared at the Halifax Infirmary Site of the QEII Health Sciences Center in Halifax.

“A small number of patients are currently affected (less than five), and all patients are being closely monitored and other infection prevention and control measures in place,” said a release from Public Health on Tuesday. “

Public Health says more details will be provided when they become available.

The NSHA also reported an outbreak at St Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish, with NS officials saying fewer than five patients have been involved in the outbreak.

“As a precaution, the NSHA is testing the identified close contacts. Testing will be made available to all staff and doctors who wish to undergo tests,” a release said.

Outbreak declared on Eastern route

On Tuesday, an outbreak was also declared at the Ocean View Continuing Care Center – a nursing home in the Eastern Passage, NS.

Health officials say three staff members have tested positive for the virus and none are in hospital.

“All staff and 97 percent of residents have been fully vaccinated. 86 percent of eligible residents have received a booster shot,” Public Health wrote.

Update on Outbreak at Parkstone Enhanced Care

Health officials say no new cases have been reported at Parkstone Enhanced Care – a nursing home in Halifax.

A total of one resident and one staff member at the facility have tested positive for COVID-19.

All staff and residents have been fully vaccinated, and all eligible residents have received a booster shot.

Vaccine Update

As of Tuesday, 1,740,158 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given.

Of those, 792,848 Nova Scotians have received their second dose, and 90,369 eligible Nova Scotians have received their third dose.

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, notifies users if they may have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

list of symptoms

Anyone who experiences a fever or new or worsening cough, or two or more of the following new or worsening symptoms, is encouraged to get tested online or to call 811 to determine if they have: Testing for COVID-19 requires:

  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • difficulty breathing
  • runny nose / nasal congestion
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