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Nova Scotia announced seven new cases of COVID-19 today, Wednesday, July 21; the new cases cover the two-day period of Monday, July 19 and Tuesday, July 20).

Six of the new cases are in Nova Scotia Health’s Central Zone — three are close contacts of previously reported cases and three are related to travel. Two of those cases are the cases aboard HMCS Halifax.

The seventh case is in the Western Zone and is related to travel.

There are now 11 known active cases in the province. No one is in hospital with the disease, but it’s possible that people who suffered from COVID are still in hospital, but they are no longer considered active cases.

Here are the daily new case numbers and the seven-day rolling averages (today at 1.4) since March 28:

Here is the active caseload since March 28:

(Since no numbers were released yesterday, for the above graphs I arbitrarily attributed four of today’s seven cases to Monday and three to Tuesday.)


Vaccination

In total, on Monday and Tuesday, 29,954 doses of vaccine were administered. So far, 1,240,114 doses of vaccine have been administered, of which 512,393 were second doses. As of end of day yesterday, 74.9% of the entire population has received at least one dose of vaccine — this figure does not include about 8,000 military personnel living in NS who have been vaccinated through the military’s program.

The chart above shows the percentage of each age cohort that has received one (green) and two (blue) doses of vaccine. The 85% line reflects the percentage of all people eligible to be vaccinated (those who are 12 years old and older) in order to get to 75% of the entire population (including 11-year-olds and younger) vaccinated, which is considered the threshold that needs to be crossed to get to herd immunity. The population is based on 2019 population estimates; today’s population has grown since then, so the percentages skew slightly high.

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

• St Mary’s Bay Academy
4079 Evangeline Trail, Weymouth
Thursday, July 22 from 9:30am-4pm

• Pine Ridge Middle School
625 Pine Ridge Ave., Kingston
Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24 from 10am-4:30pm

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

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

• Berwick Fire Hall
300 Commercial St., Berwick
Monday to Friday starting July 16 and ending July 23 from 10am to 5:30pm

A health card number and ID are needed at these sites. The vaccine being administered is Moderna, so only people 18 years old and over can attend.

People 12 years old and older can 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
• 6 in the Halifax Peninsula/Chebucto Community Health Network
• 1 in the Dartmouth/Southeastern Community Health Network
• 1 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: 9

Eastern Zone
• 1 in the Cape Breton Community Health Network
• 0 in the Inverness, Victoria & Richmond Community Health Network
• 0 in the Antigonish & Guysborough Community Health Network
Total: 1

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

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


Testing

Nova Scotia Health labs completed 2,624 PCR tests Monday and 3,141 PCR tests Tuesday. This does not include the antigen testing 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:

Wednesday
Halifax Convention Centre, noon-7pm
Cole Harbour Legion, noon-7pm
Centennial Arena, 3-8pm

Thursday
Halifax Convention Centre, noon-7pm
Alderney Gate, 10am-2pm
Dartmouth Summer Sunshine Concert Series, 94 Alderney Drive, 6-8pm
Cole Harbour Legion, noon-7pm
Bedford Legion, noon-7pm
James McConnell Memorial Library, Sydney, 1-5:30pm

Friday
Halifax Convention Centre, noon-7pm
Centennial Arena, 3-8pm
Dartmouth Summer Sunshine Concert Series, 94 Alderney Drive, 6-8pm
Cole Harbour Legion, noon-7pm
Bedford Legion, noon-7pm
James McConnell Memorial Library, Sydney, 1-5:30pm

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

Public Health only issues potential exposure advisories when they think they may not have been able to contact all close contacts at that locale. The large majority of potential exposure sites never make it onto a public advisory.

There were no potential COVID exposure advisories issued yesterday.

There are currently no active potential COVID exposure advisories on bus routes or flights.

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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