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

Nova Scotia announced 40 new cases of COVID-19 today, Thursday, December 2.

By Nova Scotia Health zone, the new cases break down as:
• 20 Northern
• 18 Central
• 2 Western
• 0 Eastern

There are now 213 known active cases in the province. Fourteen people are in hospital with the disease, five of whom are in ICU. Twenty-nine people are considered newly recovered, which means they are no longer contagious and not necessarily that they aren’t sick.


Vaccination

Yesterday, 4,518 doses of vaccine were administered:
• 1,048 first doses
• 1,174 second doses
• 2,296 third doses
Yesterday was the first day children aged 5-11 were vaccinated (at the IWK). Those first dose numbers are about to take off.

By end of day yesterday, 84.9% of the entire population (including young children) have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 81.6% have received at least two doses.

Vaccination appointments are now open for anyone 5 years old or older;  you can 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:
• 14 are aged 0-11
• 5 are aged 12-19
• 6 are aged 20-39
• 8 are aged 40-59
• 6 are aged 60-79
• 1 is aged 80+

The active cases across the province are distributed as follows:

Central Zone
• 62 in the Halifax Peninsula/Chebucto Community Health Network
• 11 in the Dartmouth/Southeastern Community Health Network
• 26 in the Bedford/Sackville Community Health Network
• 0 in the Eastern Shore/Musquodoboit Community Health Network
• 1 in the West Hants Community Health Network
• 5 not assigned to a Community Health Network
Total: 105

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

Northern Zone
• 33 in the Colchester/East Hants Community Health Network
• 45 in the Pictou Community Health Network
• 19 in the Cumberland Community Health Network
Total: 97

Western Zone
• 9 in the Annapolis and Kings Community Health Network
• 0 in the Lunenburg & Queens Community Health Network
• 1 in the Yarmouth, Shelburne & Digby Community Health Network
Total: 10


Testing

Rapid Test Lineup-Changing Seasons. Illustration by Zak Markan — Instagram @zak.markan.art

Nova Scotia Health labs completed 3,330 PCR tests yesterday. This does not include the antigen tests administered at the 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:

Thursday
Halifax Convention Centre, noon-7pm

Friday
Halifax Convention Centre, noon-7pm

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

Sunday
Halifax Convention Centre, noon-4pm

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

School-connected case notifications were issued yesterday for three schools:
• Beechville Lakeside Timberlea Junior Elementary
• Beechville Lakeside Timberlea Senior Elementary
• Tantallon Senior Elementary

Additionally, Nova Scotia Health issued several potential COVID exposure advisories yesterday.

We’ve collected all the active advisories for potential COVID exposures on bus routes and flights here.

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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