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

Nova Scotia announced 28 new cases of COVID-19 today, Friday, November 26, 2021.

By Nova Scotia Health zone, the new cases break down as:
• 16 Northern
• 12 Central
• 0 Eastern
• 0 Western

There are now 172 known active cases in the province. Fourteen people are in hospital with the disease, five of whom are in ICU. Twenty-five 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, 2,768 doses of vaccine were administered — 399 first doses, 700 second doses, and 1,669 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 81.2% 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 19-25, there were 156 newly reported cases. Of those:
• 65 were fully vaccinated (a rate of 8.3 per 100K fully vaccinated)
• 4 were were partially vaccinated (a rate of 11.2 per 100K partially vaccinated)
• 87 were unvaccinated (a rate of 57.9 per 100K unvaccinated)

From Nov 19-25, nine people were hospitalized. Of those:
• 2 were fully vaccinated (a rate of 0.3 per 100K fully vaccinated)
• 7 were were unvaccinated ( a rate of 4.7 per 100K unvaccinated)

From Nov. 19-25, 3 people died; two were fully vaccinated and one was unvaccinated.

Vaccination appointments for children aged 5-11 were opened for children this morning;  you can book a vaccination appointment here.

On Friday afternoon, the province announced that it was expanding the take-tome test kits program for kids. Over the next few weeks, packages with four take-home rapid COVID-19 tests with a set of instructions will be sent to private schools, licensed and unlicensed day cares, families with children at home, and homeschooling families with children ages 3 to 11. Click here to read about that program.

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:
• 13 are aged 0-11
• 1 is aged 12-19
• 7 are aged 20-39
• 6 are aged 40-59
• 1 is aged 60-79
• 0 are aged 80+

The active cases across the province are distributed as follows:

Central Zone
• 38 in the Halifax Peninsula/Chebucto Community Health Network
• 12 in the Dartmouth/Southeastern Community Health Network
• 40 in the Bedford/Sackville Community Health Network
• 0 in the Eastern Shore/Musquodoboit Community Health Network
• 1 in the West Hants Community Health Network
• 4 not assigned to a Community Health Network
Total: 95

Eastern Zone
• 0 in the Cape Breton Community Health Network
• 0 in the Inverness, Victoria & Richmond Community Health Network
• 3 in the Antigonish & Guysborough Community Health Network
Total: 3

Northern Zone
• 26 in the Colchester/East Hants Community Health Network
• 4 in the Pictou Community Health Network
• 32 in the Cumberland Community Health Network
Total: 62

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


Testing

Nova Scotia Health labs completed 3,315 PCR tests yesterday. This does not include the antigen tests administered at the pop-up testing sites.

There were 36,858 rapid tests administered between November 19 and 25 — 1,598 tests at the pop-up sites; 35,260 through the workplace screening program; and 14,622 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:

Friday
Halifax Convention Centre, noon-7pm

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

Sunday
Halifax Convention Centre, noon-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 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 advisories last night, 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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