Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia reports 102 people in designated COVID-19 units Saturday

Nova Scotia reported 102 people in designated COVID-19 units on Saturday — the highest hospitalization number since last May.

14 people are in ICU because of the virus

A health-care worker prepares a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine during an immunization clinic in Halifax. (Robert Short/CBC)

Nova Scotia reported 102 people in designated COVID-19 units on Saturday — the highest hospitalization number since May 2021.

A news release from the province said there are 14 people in ICU. They range in age from two years old to 95, and the average age is 65.

Of the 102 people in the designated unit, 94 were admitted during the Omicron wave.

There are also two other groups of people in hospital related to COVID-19:

  • There are 136 people who were identified as positive upon arrival at hospital but were admitted for another medical reason, or were admitted for COVID-19, but no longer require specialized care.
  • There are 140 people who contracted COVID-19 after being admitted to hospital.

The number of COVID-19 admissions and discharges to hospital was not available Saturday.

Currently, unvaccinated Nova Scotians are about 3.5 times more likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19 than someone with two doses of vaccine. That is based on average hospitalizations since the province started releasing the daily hospitalization numbers by vaccine status on Jan. 4.

Nova Scotia labs completed 3,253 tests on Friday and an additional 382 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported.

Atlantic Canada case numbers

  • New Brunswick reported six deaths and 162 hospitalizations Saturday, including 17 in ICU.
  • Prince Edward Island reported one death and 10 people in hospital Friday, with one in ICU. The province didn't plan an update Saturday due to clinic closures on the Island because of the weather.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported 20 people in hospital on Friday, including eight in the ICU.

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