19 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Nova Scotia Thursday

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A sign encourages patrons of a business to wear masks, sanitize hands and keep their distance from others.  (CBC - image credit)
A sign encourages patrons of a business to wear masks, sanitize hands and keep their distance from others. (CBC - image credit)

Nova Scotia reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the active caseload to 163.

Nine of the new cases are in the northern zone, eight are in the central zone and two are in the western zone.

Fifteen people are now in hospital with the virus, including five in intensive care.

According to the provincial dashboard, as of Thursday, 82.7 per cent of Nova Scotians are double-vaccinated.

A fifth patient in a non-COVID unit at Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville, N.S., has tested positive for COVID-19. The province announced a small outbreak at the facility earlier this week.

Nova Scotia Health is testing patients, staff and doctors who are close contacts, and testing is available for staff who want it.

Four schools were notified of an exposure on Wednesday. The province maintains a list of school exposures here.

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