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Nova Scotia is reporting two new COVID deaths today (Tuesday, March 1). The deceased are:
• a woman in her 70s who lived in the Central Zone
• a woman in her 90s who lived in the Central Zone

Additionally, the province is reporting a total of 336 people in hospital who either now have COVID or once did have COVID, as follows:
• 48 admitted because of COVID symptoms, 11 of whom are in ICU. Those 45 range in age from 2 to 92 years old, and their median age is 62;
• 125 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;
• 163 who contracted COVID in the hospital outbreaks

The vaccination status of the 48 is:
• 14 (29.2%) have had 3 doses
• 20 (41.7%) have had 2 doses but not 3
• 1 (2.1%) has 1 dose only
• 13 (27.1%) are unvaccinated
Note that less than 9% of the population is unvaccinated

The province is also reporting 217 lab-confirmed new cases.

By Nova Scotia Health zone, the new cases are:
• 97 Central
• 33 Eastern
• 34 Northern
• 53 Western

The Dept. of Health estimates there are 2,031 active cases in the province.


Yesterday, 1,174 doses of vaccine were administered:
• 55 first doses
• 345 second doses
• 774 third doses

In total, 2,213,398 doses have been administered:
• 882,768 first doses
• 830,155 second doses
• 500,475 third doses

By end of day yesterday, 92.1% of the entire population have received at least 1 dose of vaccine:
• 5.4% with 1 dose only
• 35.0% with 2 doses but not 3
• 51.7% with 3 doses
• 7.9% unvaccinated

Appointments for boosters are now open to people 18 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.


Nova Scotia Health labs completed 1,463 PCR tests yesterday, with a positivity rate of 14.7%.

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

Halifax Central Library, noon-7pm
Alderney Gate, 10am-2pm
Sherbrooke 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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  1. If 8 – 9 percent of Nova Scotians are still not vaccinated that means there are 80,000 – 90,000 people out there, possibly not wearing masks, walking around infecting others.. Providing the actual number of the unvaccinated, even a range, may be more powerful than providing only percentages..

    Is there contact tracing for those admitted to hospital with COVID to try and establish where and from whom they may have contracted infections (family, restaurants, gyms, etc.)?

    Is there contact tracing for those who became infected in hospital so we can know they are becoming infected there?

    Why does the ER admission process not include rapid COVID tests for everyone?

    Is it correct that everyone admitted to the ER goes through the same door and admission line and is directed to wait in the same room, if on opposite sides, whether they know they have COVID or not?