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There are now now 85 people in hospital who were admitted because of COVID symptoms, 11 of whom are in ICU. Those 85 range in age from 23 to 100 years old, and the average age is 67.

Additionally, there are:
• 83 people admitted to hospital for other reasons but who tested positive for COVID during the admissions screening or who were admitted for COVID but no longer require specialized care
• 119 people in hospital who contracted COVID in the hospital outbreaks

Additionally, the province announced 503 new cases of COVID-19 today. The new cases are people who received a positive PCR test result from a Nova Scotia Health lab; it does not include people who tested positive using a take-home rapid (antigen) test.

By Nova Scotia Health zone, the new cases break down as:
• 256 Central
• 76 Eastern
• 63 Northern
• 108 Western


Vaccination

Vaccination data are not provided on weekends.

Appointments for boosters are now open to people 30 and over for whom 168 days have passed since their second shot.

Vaccination appointments for people 5 years of age and older can be booked 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.

There are many drop-in Pfizer vaccine clinics scheduled, starting next week, several for kids five years old and older.


Testing

Nova Scotia Health labs completed 3,063 PCR tests yesterday, with a positivity rate of 16.4%.

If you test positive with a rapid (antigen) test, you are assumed to definitely have COVID, and you and your household are to self-isolate as required.

But take-home rapid testing kits are no longer widely available.

Pop-up testing has been scheduled for the following sites:

Monday
Halifax Central Library, noon-7pm
Hubbards Lions Club, 11am-3pm

Tuesday
Halifax Central Library, noon-7pm
Alderney Gate, 4-6pm
Brooklyn Civic Centre, 11am-3pm

Wednesday
Halifax Central Library, noon-7pm
Alderney Gate, 10am-2pm
Windsor Legion, 11am-3pm
Bridgetown Fire Hall, 11am-3pm

Thursday
Halifax Central Library, noon-7pm
Enfield Fire Hall, 11am-3pm
Annapolis Royal Legion, 11am-3pm

Friday
St. Peters Lions Club, 11am-3pm

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


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Tim Bousquet

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