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Nova Scotia announced four new cases of COVID-19 today, Thursday, August 5.

All four of the new cases are in Nova Scotia Health’s Central Zone, and all of them are related to travel. All four of the new cases are men — one is aged 20-39, two are aged 40-59, and one is aged 60-79.

There are now 15 known active cases in the province. One person is in hospital with the disease, and that person is in ICU.


Vaccination

Yesterday, 8,762 doses of vaccine were administered. So far, a total of 1,379,664 doses of vaccine have been administered, of which 636,903 were second doses. As of end of day yesterday, 76.5% of the entire population has received at least one dose of vaccine, and 65.5% has received two doses.

Of those eligible to be vaccinate (those 12 years old and older), 86.7% have received at least one dose, while 74.3% have received two doses. That’s a rough estimate on my part, using my best guestimate of population age cohorts.

I’ve been saying for some time that we should expect that the percentage of new cases that are so-called “breakthrough” cases — fully vaccinated people testing positive — will increase. This article provides a good explanation for that.

The following drop-in, no-appointment-necessary vaccination clinics have been scheduled:

• Dartmouth General Drive-Thru Community Vaccine Clinic (Pfizer 12+)
7 Mount Hope Avenue (behind Dartmouth General Hospital)
Open daily from 9am-5pm

Dartmouth Community Immunization Clinic (Pfizer 12+)
39 Mic Mac Blvd, Dartmouth (next to Chapters)
Open daily from 9am-6pm

Halifax Forum Community Clinic (Pfizer 12+)
6210 Young St, Halifax Forum Multipurpose Centre
Open daily from 9am-6pm

St. Francis Xavier (Pfizer 12+)
Mackay Room, Bloomfield Centre (3rd floor)
Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm

Cape Breton University (Pfizer 12+)
Canada Games Complex
Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm

New Minas Community Clinic (Pfizer 12+)
New Minas Baptist Church, 9453 Commercial Street
Tuesday to Saturday, August 3-7 from 10am-3pm

Bridgewater Community Clinic (Pfizer 12+)
NSCC Lunenburg Campus, 75 High Street, Bridgewater
Tuesday to Friday, August 3-6 from 10am-3pm

Yarmouth Community Clinic (Pfizer 12+)
NSCC Burridge Campus, 371 Pleasant Street
Tuesday to Friday, August 3-6 from 10am-3pm

Wolfville Drive-thru Vaccine Clinic (Moderna 18+)
504 Main Street, Wolfville – Acadia Festival Theatre (parking lot)
Open daily from 9am-4pm

Amherst Centre Mall Community Clinic (Pfizer 12+)
Unit 205, 142 Albion St.
Open daily from 9am-5pm

NSCC Truro Campus Community Clinic (Pfizer 12+)
36 Arthur St – McCarthy Hall
Open daily from 9am-5pm

Rath Eastlink Community Centre (Drive-thru)
East side parking lot
625 Abenaki Rd., Truro
Weekdays from 9am-3:30pm

The vaccination clinics will close on August 15.

People 12 years old and older can also 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
• 8 in the Halifax Peninsula/Chebucto Community Health Network
• 2 in the Dartmouth/Southeastern Community Health Network
• 0 in the Bedford/Sackville Community Health Network
• 0 in the Eastern Shore/Musquodoboit Community Health Network
• 0 in the West Hants Community Health Network
• 1 not attributed to a Community Health Network
Total: 11

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
• 0 in the Colchester/East Hants Community Health Network
• 1 in the Pictou Community Health Network
• 0 in the Cumberland Community Health Network
Total: 1

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


Testing

Nova Scotia Health labs completed 3,326 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
Alderney Gate, 10am-2pm
Cole Harbour Legion, 11:30am-7pm
Dartmouth Summer Sunshine Concert Series, 6-8pm

Friday
Halifax Convention Centre, noon-7pm
Cole Harbour Legion, 11:30am-7pm
Dartmouth Summer Sunshine Concert Series, 6-8pm
Centennial Arena, 3-8pm
The Hall (Parrsboro), 11am-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 the following potential COVID exposure advisories yesterday:

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.

Low risk exposure

For the following location, 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.

  • Angel’s Nails and Spa (76 Starrs Road, Yarmouth) on July 28 between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, August 11.

Moderate risk exposure

Regardless of whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms, those present at the following location on the named date and time for at least 15 minutes are required to self-isolate while waiting for their test result. If you get a negative result, you do not need to keep self-isolating, however, you are asked to get retested 6-8 days and 12-14 days after this exposure. If you get a positive result, you will be contacted by Public Health about what to do next.

If fully or partially vaccinated, please follow the instructions noted in this table for moderate risk contacts. 

  • Red Cap Restaurant and Motel (1034 Route 335 S, Middle West Pubnico) on July 29 between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, August 12.

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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