Nova Scotia COVID-19 toll: 709 new cases Saturday, record increase of 1,184 in a single day on Sunday
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Nova Scotia reported a record single-day increase in COVID-19 cases for Saturday and Sunday.
Public health says 709 new cases were identified on Saturday and 1,184 cases on Sunday – totaling 1,893 new cases over a two-day period.
The province did not provide an update on recoveries, the current number of active cases, hospitalizations or vaccinations on Sunday.
Of the 709 cases on Saturday:
- 453 are in the Center area
- 126 are in the East zone
- 67 are in the North zone
- 63 are in the West zone
Of the 1,184 cases on Sunday:
- 835 are in the Center zone
- 118 are in the East zone
- 104 are in the North zone
- 127 are in the West zone
Health officials said there were 5,789 tests done on Friday and 5,763 tests completed on Saturday.
Figures released in the province on Sunday show a test positivity rate of 16% over the past two days, which is also a new record.
Due to an increase in tests and positive cases, public health says it is experiencing delays in follow-up.
All cases will be invited to contact their close contacts. This may be the only contact a positive case has with public health.
Public health prioritizes contact tracing in long-term care facilities, health care facilities, correctional facilities, shelters and other group settings.
Premier Tim Houston and Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia, are expected to give a live press conference on COVID-19 on Monday, January 3 at 2 p.m., which will be broadcast live on the site. CTV Atlantic Web.
DELAY IN PCR TEST RESULTS
Nova Scotia Health (NSH) says it is experiencing delays in providing COVID-19 PCR test results due to high demand.
The health authority says it could take 72 to 96 hours (three to four days) for individuals to receive PCR results.
Anyone who has waited more than 96 hours (four days) for results is asked to call 1-844-996-0694 and leave their name, date of birth, health card number and date of test.
“Please do not call before 96 hours; public health will not be able to answer your call, ”the NSH press release read. “We recognize that it is difficult and stressful to wait for your results. Thank you for your patience during this difficult time.”
Nova Scotia is expected to provide an abridged press release on COVID-19 on Sunday.
HPITALS INCREASE RESTRICTIONS FOR VISITORS
Seven hospitals in Nova Scotia increased their visitation restrictions on Sunday due to increasing cases and outbreaks of COVID-19.
Health officials on Saturday said patients hospitalized at QEII Health Sciences Center in Halifax and Dartmouth General Hospital in Dartmouth can only have one regular visitor.
The health authority said exceptions can be made in certain circumstances, including:
- palliative care and other patients at the end of life
- patients receiving medical assistance in dying
- children under 18 seeking treatment and / or hospitalized
- outpatients, including patients arriving at the hospital for emergency and outpatient care clinics, appointments, or procedures who need support in receiving care due to physical, intellectual conditions , cognitive and emotional
- patients requiring support for critical treatment decisions such as organ transplantation, initiation of hemodialysis, and at the discretion of the clinical team
Colchester East Hants Health Center in Truro, Nova Scotia on Friday imposed the same restrictions on visitors, but they are also eligible for an exception for labor and delivery.
“Health Nova Scotia sincerely apologizes to patients and their families for the temporary tightening of restrictions on visitors at this time,” the health authority wrote in a press release on Saturday.
Other Nova Scotia hospitals that have also placed more stringent visitor restrictions include:
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THREE-LAYER MASKS
Nova Scotia updated its COVID-19 masking recommendations on Thursday, where it now strongly encourages all residents to wear a properly fitted three-layer mask, whether fabric or non-medical, or a fitted medical mask .
Strang says wearing a mask correctly means it should cover your nose, mouth, and chin.
“There shouldn’t be any space between your face and your mask, so check the tops, sides and bottom for air leaks and adjust any ties, earrings or nose to get a fit. perfect, ”says Strang.
Strang says that unless you have a medical exemption to not wear a mask, everyone should wear it when and where it’s needed.
Nova Scotia’s current restrictions affect physical distancing and masking requirements, assembly limits, as well as stricter restrictions for businesses and long-term care homes.
A full list of restrictions can be viewed online.
COVID ALERT APPLICATION
Canada’s COVID Alert app is available in Nova Scotia.
The app, which can be downloaded through Apple’s App Store or Google Play, informs users if they may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
LIST OF SYMPTMS
Anyone who experiences a new or worsening cough, or has two or more of the following symptoms, should self-isolate and take an online COVID-19 self-assessment test, or call 811, to determine if she should be tested. COVID-19[FEMALE:[FEMININE:
- fever (chills, sweating)
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
- runny nose / nasal congestion
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