N.S. sees sharp increase in people in hospital with COVID-19

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Nine people are in ICU due to COVID-19 as of July 28, 2022, according to Nova Scotia Health. (Evan Mitsui/CBC - image credit)
Nine people are in ICU due to COVID-19 as of July 28, 2022, according to Nova Scotia Health. (Evan Mitsui/CBC - image credit)

Hospitals in Nova Scotia are reporting a significant jump in the number of patients who are testing positive for COVID-19.

As of Thursday, there are a total of 260 patients in hospitals across the province who are positive for COVID-19, according to Nova Scotia Health. That number includes:

  • 45 patients admitted for treatment of COVID-19 symptoms (nine in ICU).

  • 143 patients admitted for treatment of another health issue but tested positive for COVID-19.

  • 72 patients who contracted COVID-19 after admission to hospital.

That is an increase of 64 patients from last week, one of the largest week-over-week increases reported in Nova Scotia hospitals since the start of the pandemic.

There are fewer than five children admitted to the IWK hospital due to COVID-19 symptoms as of Thursday.

Nova Scotia: COVID-19 hospitalizations

Canada's public health officials have warned of an increase in hospitalizations as the highly transmissible Omicron subvariant BA.5 circulates around the globe while provinces have lifted mask mandates and ended measures meant to contain the spread of the virus.

Nova Scotia reports 5 new deaths

Nova Scotia is reporting five new COVID-19 deaths and a daily average of 272 lab-confirmed cases in its latest update to the provincial dashboard.

The figures are from a seven-day period from July 19 to July 25.

Nova Scotia: Weekly COVID-19 deaths

There were a total of 1,910 positive PCR tests, a small increase from last week. That number does not include positive rapid test results.

On July 6, the province limited who can access to PCR tests to select groups who are symptomatic, including people over 50, front-line health care workers and immunocompromised people. People who test positive on a rapid test can no longer have their result confirmed via a PCR test.

Nova Scotia: Daily new COVID-19 cases

Since March 2020, there have been 468 COVID-19 deaths in Nova Scotia. About three-quarters of those deaths happened during the Omicron wave, which began Dec. 8, 2021.

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