Nova Scotia reports 21 new deaths, 49 hospitalizations from COVID-19 in new weekly update

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To date, 65.6 per cent of Nova Scotians 18 and older have received at least one COVID-19 booster dose, and 68,452 people have received a second, the province says. (Michael Probst/The Associated Press - image credit)
To date, 65.6 per cent of Nova Scotians 18 and older have received at least one COVID-19 booster dose, and 68,452 people have received a second, the province says. (Michael Probst/The Associated Press - image credit)

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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