Nova Scotia reports 18 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, active total down to 224
Health officials in Nova Scotia are reporting 18 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, and 45 recoveries.
This brings the active total down to 224.
"As we create more opportunities for Nova Scotians to regain some normalcy in their lives, it's important that we stay vigilant, even for those who have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine," said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, in Saturday's media release from the province. "Testing is critical as we move through our reopening plan. It's the only way to know how much virus is circulating, especially without population immunity from two doses."
Thirteen new cases are in the Central Zone. Twelve are close contacts of previously reported cases, and one is under investigation.
Four are in the Eastern Zone, two close contacts of previously reported cases and two related to travel.
One new case is in the Western Zone, and is a close contact of a previously reported case.
"Nova Scotians have done the hard work to bring down transmission of COVID-19 in our communities, which is why we are able to start enjoying patios, get a haircut and spend time with loved ones outside," said Premier Iain Rankin. "We still need to be cautious. Remember to continue to follow the public health measures and make regular testing part of your routine if you are socializing."
There are 20 people in hospital, including six in intensive care. The province says the median age of Nova Scotians hospitalized during the third wave of COVID-19 is 52.5 for non-ICU, and 55.5 for ICU patients.