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Overview of today’s cases
Vaccination
Demographics
Testing
Potential exposure advisories

A woman in her 90s has died from COVID. She was a resident of the East Cumberland Lodge nursing home in Pugwash. She is the 106th Nova Scotian to die from the disease, and the third resident of the nursing home to have died. (Her death will be recorded on the provincial dashboard Monday, and is not included in the figures below.)

Additionally, Nova Scotia announced 27 new cases of COVID-19 today, Friday, November 19, 2021.

By Nova Scotia Health zone, the new cases break down as:
• 13 Central
• 7 Western
• 6 Northern
• 1 Eastern

There are now 223 known active cases in the province. Fifteen people are in hospital with the disease, seven of whom are in ICU. Forty people are considered newly recovered, which means they are no longer contagious and not necessarily that they aren’t sick.

The graph above shows the weekly (Sat-Fri) number of new cases for the duration of the pandemic.

The graph below shows the number of people in hospital and in ICU on Fridays for the duration of the pandemic.


Vaccination

Yesterday, 1,448 doses of vaccine were administered — 310 first doses, 736 second doses, and 402 third doses.

By end of day yesterday, 84.4% of the entire population (including young children) have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 80.8% have received at least two doses.

The graph above shows the vaccination progress as captured on Fridays through the pandemic. The blue line is people with only one dose of vaccine; the green line is people with two doses; the gold line is people with at least one dose; the grey line is people with three doses; and the red line is 80% of the entire population.

From Nov. 10 to Nov. 18, there were 239 new cases of COVID. Of those:
• 101 were fully vaccinated (a rate of 13.1 per 100K fully vaccinated)
• 0 were partially vaccinated
• 138 were unvaccinated (a rate of 87.6 per 100K unvaccinated)

From Nov. 10 to Nov. 18, 11 people were newly hospitalized. Of those:
• 1 was fully vaccinated (a rate of 0.1 per 100K fully vaccinated)
• 0 were partially vaccinated
• 10 were unvaccinated (a rate of 6.3 per 100K unvaccinated)

From Nov. 10 to Nov. 18, 3 people died. All 3 were fully vaccinated (2 were residents of East Cumberland Lodge, and the other was a resident of Rupert House).

People 12 years old and older can also book a vaccination appointment here.

People in rural areas who need transportation to a vaccination appointment should contact Rural Rides, which will get you there and back home for just $5. You need to book the ride 24 hours ahead of time.


Demographics

By age cohort, today’s new cases break down as:
• 8 are aged 0-11
• 2 are aged 12-19
• 5 are aged 20-39
• 6 are aged 40-59
• 6 are aged 60-79
• 0 are aged 80 or older

The active cases across the province are distributed as follows:

Central Zone
• 44 in the Halifax Peninsula/Chebucto Community Health Network
• 12 in the Dartmouth/Southeastern Community Health Network
• 38 in the Bedford/Sackville Community Health Network
• 3 in the Eastern Shore/Musquodoboit Community Health Network
• 1 in the West Hants Community Health Network
• 9 not assigned to a Community Health Network
Total: 107

Eastern Zone
• 2 in the Cape Breton Community Health Network
• 1 in the Inverness, Victoria & Richmond Community Health Network
• 2 in the Antigonish & Guysborough Community Health Network
Total: 5

Northern Zone
• 19 in the Colchester/East Hants Community Health Network
• 1 in the Pictou Community Health Network
• 54 in the Cumberland Community Health Network
Total: 74

Western Zone
• 13 in the Annapolis and Kings Community Health Network
• 12 in the Lunenburg & Queens Community Health Network
• 12 in the Yarmouth, Shelburne & Digby Community Health Network
Total: 37


Testing

Nova Scotia Health labs completed 3,942 PCR tests yesterday. This does not include the antigen tests administered at the pop-up testing sites.

There were 30,193 rapid tests administered between November 12 and 18 — 2,050 tests at the pop-up sites; 28,143 through the workplace screening program; and 12,649 home rapid tests given away at the pop-up sites.

You do not need a health card to get tested.

Pop-up testing (antigen testing) is for asymptomatic people over 16 who have not been to the potential COVID exposure sites (see map below); results usually within 20 minutes. Pop-up testing has been scheduled for the following sites:

Saturday
Halifax Convention Centre, noon-7pm
Alderney Gate, 10am-2pm

Sunday
Halifax Convention Centre, noon-7pm

Monday
Halifax Convention Centre, noon-7pm

Tuesday
Halifax Convention Centre, noon-7pm
Alderney Gate, 4-6pm

Wednesday
Halifax Convention Centre, noon-7pm
Alderney Gate, 10am-2pm

You can volunteer to work at the pop-up testing sites here or here. No medical experience is necessary.

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


Potential exposure advisories

Nova Scotia Health issued several potential COVID exposure advisory the last couple of days, and four new school exposures were announced today.

We’ve collected all the active advisories for potential COVID exposures on bus routes and flights here. I’ll be adding schools to the map tonight.

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


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  1. The short takeaway odds for that week:
    7:1 If you were an unvaccinated Nova Scotian, you were almost 7 times as likely to get Covid as was someone who was vaccinated;
    63:1. If you were unvaccinated, you were 63 times as likely to find yourself in a hospital with Covid than someone who was vaccinated.
    700:1 ? Your odds for ECU admission, if you’re unvaccinated
    7,000:1 ? for dying…
    I don’t know if Tim or even Dr. Strang has that data.
    Or data that would give the increased odds of your unvaccinated-Covid-infected self infecting someone with covid (your elderly aunt, your child, …).