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Nova Scotia announced 18 new cases of COVID-19 today (Saturday, June 5, 2021)

Of those new cases, 13 are in Nova Scotia Health’s Central Zone — 12 of those cases are close contacts of previously reported cases while one case is under investigation.

Four of the new cases are in Eastern Zone — two are close contacts of previously reported cases and two are travel-related.

There is one new case in Western Zone. That case is a close contact of a previously reported case. There are no new cases in the Northern Zone.

There are now 224 active cases of the virus in Nova Scotia. There are 20 people in hospital and six of those are in ICU. Forty-five people have recovered from the disease. The total recoveries to date is 5,339.

Click here to see Nova Scotia’s reopening plan.

Here are the daily new case numbers and the seven-day rolling averages (today at 19.9) since March 28, the last day Nova Scotia had zero new daily cases:

Here is the active caseload since March 28:

On Friday, the province — for the first time — released data on the vaccination status of those who have tested positive, have been hospitalized, and have died from the disease. This data will be updated every Friday. Here’s the vaccination status data the province released yesterday (Friday, June 4):

There have been 3,902 cases from March 15 to June 1, 2021. Of those:
— 24 (0.6%) were fully vaccinated
— 187 (4.8%) were partially vaccinated
— 3,691 (94.6%) were unvaccinated

242 people were hospitalized, of those:
— 2 (0.8%) were fully vaccinated
— 26 (10.7%) were partially vaccinated
— 214 (88.4%) were unvaccinated

19 people died, of those:
— 1 (5.3%) was fully vaccinated
— 2 (10.5%) were partially vaccinated
— 16 (84.2%) were unvaccinated

In that data, “fully vaccinated” means those who had received their second shot two weeks or more before testing positive. “Partially vaccinated” means those who had received their first shot two weeks or more before testing positive.

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

People in rural areas who need transportation to a vaccine clinic 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

The active cases across the province are distributed as follows:

Central Zone
• 80 in the Halifax Peninsula/Chebucto Community Health Network
• 40 in the Dartmouth/Southeastern Community Health Network
• 13 in the Bedford/Sackville Community Health Network
• 3 in the Eastern Shore/Musquodoboit Community Health Network
• 1 in the West Hants Community Health Network
• 6 not assigned to a Community Health Network
Total: 143

Eastern Zone
• 53 in the Cape Breton Community Health Network
• 2 in the Inverness, Victoria & Richmond Community Health Network
• 1 in the Antigonish & Guysborough Community Health Network
Total: 56

Northern Zone
• 9 in the Colchester/East Hants Community Health Network
• 5 in the Pictou Community Health Network
• 6 in the Cumberland Community Health Network
Total: 20

Western Zone
• 2 in the Annapolis and Kings Community Health Network
• 3 in the Lunenburg & Queens Community Health Network
Total: 5


Testing

A woman gets swabbed at one of the rapid testing sites. Photo: Lisa Barrett

Nova Scotia Health labs completed 4,065 PCR tests yesterday. This does not include the antigen tests administered at the various pop-up testing 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 
Alderney Gate Public Library, noon-7pm
Cole Harbour Place, noon-7pm
Halifax Central Library, noon-7pm
Halifax Convention Centre, 2-9pm
Centennial Arena, noon-7pm
Sackville Sports Stadium, 11am-6m

Sunday 
Alderney Gate Public Library, noon-7pm
Cole Harbour Place, noon-7pm
Halifax Central Library, noon-7pm
Halifax Convention Centre, 2-9pm
Centennial Arena, noon-7pm
Sackville Sports Stadium, 11am-6pm

Monday
Mobile unit will be at the top of Citadel Hill, 4pm to 8pm
Alderney Gate Public Library, noon-7pm
Halifax Central Library, noon-7pm
Halifax Convention Centre, 2-9pm
Centennial Arena, noon-7pm
Centre 200 (Sydney), 3pm-7pm

Tuesday
Alderney Gate Public Library, noon-7pm
Halifax Central Library, noon-7pm
Halifax Convention Centre, 2-9pm
Centennial Arena, noon-7pm
Cineplex Cinemas, Bridgewater, noon-7pm
Centre 200 (Sydney), 3pm-7pm

Wednesday
Alderney Gate Public Library, noon-7pm
Halifax Central Library, noon-7pm
Halifax Convention Centre, 2-9pm
Centennial Arena, noon-7pm
Cineplex Cinemas, Bridgewater, noon-7pm
Centre 200 (Sydney), 3pm-7pm

Thursday
Alderney Gate Public Library, noon-7pm
Halifax Central Library, noon-7pm
Halifax Convention Centre, 2-9pm
Cineplex Cinemas, Bridgewater, noon-7pm
Centre 200 (Sydney), 3pm-7pm

Friday
Alderney Gate Public Library, noon-7pm
Halifax Central Library, noon-7pm
Halifax Convention Centre, 2-9pm
Cineplex Cinemas, Bridgewater, noon-7pm
Centre 200 (Sydney), 3pm-7pm

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 listed below in each of the health zones (appointments may not be available at each site).

Central Zone
Bayers Lake (41 Washmill Lake Drive)
Burnside/Dartmouth Crossing (77 Finnian Row)
Dartmouth General Hospital Drive-Thru (No Taxis)
Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital, Sheet Harbour
Gaetz Brook — Royal Canadian Legion, 6647 Hwy#7
Mayflower Curling Club
Middle Musquodoboit – Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital
Saint Mary’s University (Homburg Centre)

Northern Zone
Amherst — Amherst Stadium
Colchester Legion Stadium (14 Lorne Street, Truro)
Lloyd E. Matheson Centre (Elmsdale)
Pictou County Assessment Center (678 East River Rd, New Glasgow)

Eastern Zone
Antigonish Market Square
Victoria County Memorial Hospital (Baddeck)
Eastern Memorial Hospital (Canso)
Sacred Heart Community Health Centre (Cheticamp)
Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital
Buchanan Memorial Community Health Centre (Neil’s Harbour)
Northside General Hospital (North Sydney)
Grand Lake Road Fire Hall (Sydney)
Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre

Western Zone
Acadia University Club
Berwick Firehall
Bridgewater — 210 Aberdeen Rd.
Digby Station (7 Birch Street)
Liverpool PAC (157 School Street)
Roseway Hospital (Shelburne)
South Shore Assessment Centre (215 Dominion Road, Bridgewater)
Yarmouth Mariners Centre


Potential exposure advisories

Public Health only issues potential exposure advisories when they think they may not have been able to contact all close contacts at that locale. The large majority of potential exposure sites never make it onto a public advisory.

Potential COVID exposure advisories were issued last night:

Anyone who worked at or visited the following locations on the specified dates and times should visit covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms. You can also call 811 if you don’t have online access, or if you have other symptoms that concern you.

For the following locations, if you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 you do not need to self-isolate while you wait for your test result. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you are required to self-isolate while you wait for your test result, as are the other members of your household.

  • Walmart Dartmouth Crossing (90 Lamont Terrace, Dartmouth) on:
    • May 31 between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.
    • June 2 between 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

It is anticipated anyone exposed to the virus at this location on May 31 and June 2 may develop symptoms up to, and including June 16.

Tim Bousquet has collected all the active advisories for potential COVID exposures on bus routes and flights here.

We’ll have an updated potential exposure map on Monday.

Suzanne Rent

Suzanne Rent is a writer, editor, and researcher. You can follow her on Twitter @Suzanne_Rent

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