Nova Scotia reports 14 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, active cases rise to 61

Health officials in Nova Scotia are reporting 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with 11 recoveries, as the number of active cases in the province rises to 61.

Nine new cases were identified in the province's Northern zone, all involving close contacts of previously reported cases.

Three new cases were identified in the province's Central zone. Two are related to travel and one is under investigation.

One case was identified in the Western zone and is under investigation.

One case was identified in the Eastern zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

Public Health says it is closely monitoring all four health zones for community spread.

COVID-19 CASE DATA

Nova Scotia Health Authority's labs completed 2,229 COVID-19 tests on Tuesday. A total of 1,139,430 COVID-19 tests have been processed since the start of the pandemic.

According to the province's online COVID-19 dashboard, there have been 6,090 cumulative COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia. Of those, 5,935 people have recovered and 94 have died due to COVID-19.

There are currently two people in hospital in Nova Scotia due to COVID-19, with no one in an intensive care unit.

Since April 1, there have been 4,348 positive COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths. Of the new cases since April 1, 4,259 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: 314 cases (10 active case)
  • Central zone: 4,802 cases (30 active cases)
  • Northern zone: 337 cases (18 active cases)
  • Eastern zone: 637 cases (3 active cases)

The provincial state of emergency, which was first declared on March 22, 2020, has been extended to Sept. 19, 2021.

VACCINE UPDATE

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

As of Wednesday, 1,456,631 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

In total, 78.2 per cent of the province's overall population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 71.7 per cent of Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

The province says it has received a total of 1,661,340 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.

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
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose/nasal congestion