Nova Scotia reports 25 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, active cases rise to 137

Health officials in Nova Scotia are reporting 25 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, along with 17 recoveries, as the number of active cases in the province rises to 137.

Fourteen new cases were identified in the province's Central zone. Of the new cases, eight are close contacts of previously reported cases and six are under investigation.

Health officials say there are signs of community spread among people in the Central zone aged 20 to 40 who are unvaccinated and participating in social activities.

Five new cases were identified in the province's Northern zone. Four are close contacts of previously reported cases and one is under investigation

Health officials say there is a large cluster of linked cases in a defined group in the Northern zone, and most of the group is unvaccinated, so more cases are expected.

Three cases new cases were identified in the province's Western zone. One is a close contact of a previously reported case and two are under investigation.

Three cases new cases were identified in the province's Eastern zone. One is a close contact of a previously reported case and two are under investigation.  

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 2,984 tests on Monday. A total of 1,180,686 COVID-19 tests have been processed since the start of the pandemic.

According to the province's online COVID-19 dashboard, there have been 6,392 cumulative COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia. Of those, 6,161 people have recovered and 94 have died due to COVID-19.

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

Since April 1, there have been 4,650 positive COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths. Of the new cases since April 1, 4,485 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: 326 cases (7 active case)
  • Central zone: 4,923 cases (80 active cases)
  • Northern zone: 490 cases (42 active cases)
  • Eastern zone: 653 cases (8 active cases)

The provincial state of emergency, which was first declared on March 22, 2020, has been extended to Oct. 3, 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 Tuesday, 1,488,276 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

In total, 79.6 per cent of the province's overall population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 73.6 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