Nova Scotia reports 93rd COVID-19 related death; no new cases Thursday
HALIFAX -- A woman in her 50s in Nova Scotia's Central zone has become the province's 93rd COVID-19 related death.
"On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I wish to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the woman who has passed away," said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health in a release. "Please get vaccinated as soon as you can, get tested on a regular basis and follow the public health measures."
Nova Scotia is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, as 11 active cases remain in the province.
Public Health says it is closely monitoring all four health zones for community spread.
Nova Scotia labs processed 3,012 tests on Wednesday, and have now processed a total of 1,006,957 since the start of the pandemic.
There have been 5,880 cumulative COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia. Of those, 5,776 people have recovered, and 92 have died due to COVID-19.
There are currently no Nova Scotians in hospital due to COVID-19.
Since April 1, there have been 4,138 positive COVID-19 cases and 27 deaths. Of the new cases since April 1, 4,100 are now considered resolved.
There are cases confirmed across the province, but most have been identified in the Central zone, which contains the Halifax Regional Municipality.
The provincial government says cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama, the province’s electronic information system.
The numbers reflect where a person lives and not where their sample was collected.
- Western zone: 293 cases (one active case)
- Central zone: 4,664 cases (nine active cases)
- Northern zone: 301 cases (no active cases)
- Eastern zone: 622 cases (one active case)
The provincial state of emergency, which was first declared on March 22, 2020, has been extended to July 25, 2021.
The province's COVID-19 online dashboard provides an update on the number of vaccines that have been administered to date.
As of Wednesday, 1,256,787 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, with approximately 75.1 per cent of the province's overall population having received at least one dose. Of those, 415,523, or 54.3 per cent of Nova Scotians have received their second dose.
The province says it has received a total of 1,354,970 doses of COVID-19 vaccine since Dec. 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.
MORE WALK-IN TESTING OPTIONS
Nova Scotia health is introducing several new walk-in testing centres and mobile units across the province.
Testing is open to anyone and can be convenient for out-of-province visitors arriving in Nova Scotia, public health said in a release.
A list of locations offering walk-in PCR COVID-19 testing in addition to testing by appointment can be found on the health authority's website. Rapid tests will not be offered at these locations.
Testing is available for all ages, for those who have symptoms, no symptoms (asymptomatic), have travelled or been to a potential exposure site and have been a close contact with a positive COVID case.
Public health is strongly encouraging Nova Scotians to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have had several social interactions, even with their own social circle.
COVID-19 tests can be booked through the province's online self-assessment COVID-19 tool, or by calling 811.
People can also visit one of Nova Scotia’s rapid pop-up testing sites that continue to operate throughout the province.
Thursday, July 22:
- Alderney Gate (60 Alderney Dr., Dartmouth) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Dartmouth Summer Sunshine Concert Series (94 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth) from 6 to 8 p.m.
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 - Cole Harbour (703 Main St, Dartmouth) from noon to 7 p.m.
- Halifax Convention Centre, 1650 Argyle St, Halifax) from noon to 7 p.m.
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 (1772 Bedford Hwy., Bedford) from noon to 7 p.m.
- James McConnell Memorial Library (50 Falmouth Street, Sydney) from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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 been exposed to 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 take an online test or call 811 to determine if they need to be tested for COVID-19:
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Runny nose/nasal congestion