Nova Scotia

N.S. reports six new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday

Nova Scotia reported six new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the active caseload to 159.

The province now has 159 active cases, and four people are in hospital with COVID-19

A health-care worker walks into a COVID-19 vaccine clinic. Nova Scotia reported 6 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. (CBC)

Nova Scotia reported six new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the active number of cases to 159.

Three of the new cases are in the central zone, including two that are related to travel and one that is under investigation.

Two cases are in the northern zone, both of which are close contacts of previously reported cases.

One case is in the eastern zone and is related to travel.

The number of new cases is a dramatic drop from Tuesday, when 66 new cases were reported, and from Monday, when 73 cases were reported over the weekend.

During a news briefing on Tuesday, Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, announced that there has been an outbreak of COVID-19 in the northern zone. Sixty-one of Tuesday's 66 new cases were in the northern zone, and 59 of them were close contacts of previously reported cases.

Strang said the outbreak was in a tightly knit community of largely unvaccinated people, with more than 100 cases total. He said most have mild to moderate symptoms and there have been three hospitalizations.

Strang declined to give more details, saying he did not want to stigmatize the community. He said they have been co-operative with public health officials and are limiting contact with the surrounding community and there's no indication of spread beyond the specific group.  

Nearly 73% of Nova Scotians are fully vaccinated

Four people are in hospital with COVID-19, and none of them are in intensive care.

As of Wednesday, 72.9 per cent of Nova Scotians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Labs in the province finished processing 4,010 COVID-19 tests on Tuesday.

The province announced in a news release Wednesday that starting today, it will share the number of cases involving kids aged 12 and under. Previously, that age group was reported as part of a category that encompassed all people under the age of 20.

Atlantic Canada case numbers

  • New Brunswick reported 63 cases on Wednesday. The province has 244 active cases and 11 people in hospital, eight in intensive care. 
  • Prince Edward Island reported five new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. It has 27 active cases.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported 10 new cases Wednesday. The province has 49 active cases.

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