3 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Nova Scotia

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A swab is taken at a pop-up COVID-19 testing site on the Dalhousie University campus in Halifax on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020.  (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press - image credit)
A swab is taken at a pop-up COVID-19 testing site on the Dalhousie University campus in Halifax on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press - image credit)

Nova Scotia reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday after completing a record number of daily tests for the second day in a row.

Nova Scotia Health's labs completed 6,875 tests on Tuesday, according to a news release from the Department of Health and Wellness. That's up from 5,146 tests on Monday.

"This is an indication of the strong uptake in testing among Nova Scotians," Dr. Robert Strang, the province's chief medical officer of health, said in the release.

"Let's continue to make testing a part of our regular COVID-19 prevention measures."

Two of the new cases are in the central zone, while the third is in the northern zone. All are close contacts of previously reported cases. There are now 30 known active cases in the province.

Four people are currently in hospital related to COVID-19, with two of them in intensive care.

Vaccine rollout on track

As of Tuesday, 35,291 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in the province, and 13,512 Nova Scotians had received their second shot.

Next week, the province will receive 13,000 doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, the third COVID-19 vaccine to be approved by Health Canada. It's slated to be used on Nova Scotians aged 50 to 64 on a first-come, first-served basis.

The province announced Tuesday that COVID-19 vaccines will be made available in pharmacies, with four locations set to open prototype clinics this month.

Vaccine eligibility will also expand to include more health-care workers. The province is still expecting all Nova Scotians to have an opportunity to be vaccinated by the end of September.

On Wednesday, Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) said the maximum interval between the first and second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should increase from three weeks to four months.

Since the first doses of all three available vaccines have been shown to dramatically increase immunity to the disease, or to significantly reduce the illness associated with contracting COVID-19, the committee said stretching the interval would help protect more Canadians sooner.

It's unclear if or how that would impact Nova Scotia's vaccine rollout plan.

A person enters the Halifax Forum Multi-Purpose Centre on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, for a COVID-19 test.
A person enters the Halifax Forum Multi-Purpose Centre on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, for a COVID-19 test.(Richard Woodbury/CBC)

Asymptomatic rapid testing

Asymptomatic rapid testing sites continue to be set up across the province.

Nova Scotia Health is holding asymptomatic rapid testing at the following locations:

  • Thursday, March 4 at the Spryfield Lions Rink and rec centre at 111 Drysdale Rd. in Halifax from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The entrance to the gymnasium is on the left hand side of the building.

  • Friday, March 5 at the Spryfield Lions Rink and rec centre from noon to 7 p.m.

  • Friday, March 5 at the Halifax Convention Centre, Argyle Street entrance, from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, March 6 at the Halifax Convention Centre, Argyle Street entrance, from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

As well, the province's mobile testing unit will be available for drop-in or pre-booked appointments at the following locations:

  • Thursday, March 4 to Saturday, March 6 at the Brooklyn Civic Centre at 995 NS-215 in Brooklyn from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Testing will also take place on Sunday, March 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Thursday, March 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, March 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the New Minas Fire Department at 6 Jones Road in New Minas.

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