40 new cases of COVID-19 announced in Nova Scotia on Tuesday, October 5

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Overview of today’s cases
Vaccination
Demography
Trial
Notice of potential exposure

Nova Scotia announced 40 new cases of COVID-19 today, Tuesday, October 5.

By Nova Scotia health zone, the new cases are:
• 34 central zone
• 2 northern zones
• 4 west zone

The health ministry continues to note that “there are signs of community spread among people in the central area between the ages of 20 and 40 who are not vaccinated and participate in social activities.”

There are now 248 known active cases in the province. Seventeen people are hospitalized for the disease, including four in intensive care. Twenty-two people are considered newly healed, which means that they are no longer contagious and not necessarily that they are not sick.


Vaccination

Yesterday, 3,753 doses of vaccine were administered, comprising 2,024 second doses and 1,729 first doses.

As of yesterday’s end, 81.1% of the general population (including young children) had received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 75.4% had received two doses.

People 12 years of age and older can also make a vaccination appointment here.

People in rural areas who need transportation to get to an immunization appointment should contact Rural Rides, who will drive you there and take you home for just $ 5. You must book the trip 24 hours in advance.


Demography

By age cohort, the 77 new cases break down as follows:
• 6 are 11 years old or younger
• 4 are aged 12 to 19
• 16 are between 20 and 39 years old
• 7 are between 40 and 59 years old
• 6 are between 60 and 79 years old

One of the new cases is missing from the above list; I have no explanation for this.

Active cases across the province are broken down as follows:

Central area
• 131 in the community health network of the Halifax / Chebucto peninsula
• 47 in Dartmouth / South East Community Health Network
• 17 in the Bedford / Sackville community health network
• 1 in the Eastern Shore / Musquodoboit Community Health Network
• 2 in the West Hants community health network
• 5 not assigned to a community health network
Total: 203

East Zone
• 5 in the Cape Breton Community Health Network
• 0 in the community health network of Inverness, Victoria and Richmond
• 0 in the Antigonish and Guysborough community health network
Total: 5

North Zone
• 7 in the Colchester / East Hants community health network
• 2 in the Pictou Community Health Network
• 2 in the Cumberland community health network
Total: 11

West Zone
• 10 in the Annapolis and Kings Community Health Network
• 16 in the Lunenburg & Queens community health network
• 3 in the Yarmouth, Shelburne and Digby community health network
Total: 29


Trial

Nova Scotia Health labs performed 3,603 PCR tests yesterday. This does not include antigen testing administered on contextual test sites.

You don’t need a health insurance card to get tested.

There is an obvious concern about the Clayton Park area, as there are walk-in PCR tests at Clayton Park Junior High Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each day.

Contextual tests (antigen tests) are intended for asymptomatic people over the age of 16 who have not been at potential sites of exposure to COVID (see map below); results usually within 20 minutes. Pop-up tests have been scheduled for the following sites:

Tuesday
Halifax Convention Center, 12 pm-7pm
Alderney gate, 4-6 p.m.
Centenary Arena, 10 am-5pm

Wednesday
Halifax Convention Center, 12 pm-7pm
Alderney gate, 10 am-2pm
Centenary Arena, 10 am-5pm

You can volunteer to work on the contextual test sites here or here. No medical experience is necessary.

You can also get PCR testing at Nova Scotia Health Laboratories by going here. Appointments can be made for the IWK, or for various locations within each of the health zones (appointments may not be available at each site).


Notice of potential exposure

Nova Scotia Health issued several notices of potential COVID exposure last night.

We’ve gathered all active notices here regarding potential COVID exposures on bus routes and flights. I will add schools to the map tonight.

The updated notice of potential COVID exposure map is below; you can zoom in and click on the coronavirus icons to get information about each site.


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