Nova Scotia reported 21 new COVID-19 deaths, 49 hospitalizations and a daily average of 211 lab-confirmed cases in its latest weekly figures released Thursday.
Last week, the province reported nine deaths and 41 hospitalizations.
The latest figures are from a seven-day period that ended June 6. The province said two deaths occurred last week, while 19 occurred between April 25 and May 30. It said there is typically a delay in reporting deaths.
The province said for people 70 and older, the risk of hospitalization from COVID-19 is nearly 11 times higher, while the risk of death is about 125 times higher, compared to younger populations.
Of the COVID-19 deaths reported this week, 19 were people at least 70 years old. The other two people were between the ages of 60 and 69.
Nova Scotia: Weekly COVID-19 deaths
When adjusted for age, the province calculates that people who are unvaccinated or only have one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine have a death rate:
7.5 times higher than those with two doses.
13 times greater than those with three or more doses.
Since March 2020, there have been 421 COVID-19 deaths in Nova Scotia.
The province is encouraging people to get vaccinated if they haven't already. Those who are 70 or older are encouraged to get a second booster dose.
N.S. Health staff off work due to COVID-19
Since the beginning of the Omicron wave in Nova Scotia on Dec. 8, 2021:
The median age of PCR-confirmed cases of COVID-19 is 43.
The median age of hospitalizations is 72.
The median age of reported deaths is 81.
Nova Scotia Health says 34 people are in hospital because of COVID-19, with four in intensive care.
It said another 164 people have COVID-19 but are in hospital for another reason.
Nova Scotia: COVID-19 hospitalizations
The health authority said there are 63 people in hospital who contracted COVID-19 after being admitted.
Its numbers do not include the IWK Health Centre.
There are 155 Nova Scotia Health employees off work on Thursday due to being diagnosed with COVID-19, awaiting results of a COVID-19 test or being exposed to a household member who tested positive for COVID-19.
The breakdown of Nova Scotia Health employees off work in each zone is:
Central zone: 76.
Eastern zone: 33.
Northern zone: 22.
Western zone: 27.
Nova Scotia: Daily new COVID-19 cases
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