Nova Scotia reports 215 COVID-19 reinfections since the Omicron wave began

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is reporting 215 PCR-test confirmed cases of COVID-19 reinfection over the past six months.

The new report identifies 1,950 new cases in the past week and includes total reinfection numbers since the Omicron wave started on Dec. 8.

A statement from the province says reinfections were not previously reported because the number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 more than 90 days after a previous positive result “was small.”

Nova Scotia’s data on COVID-19 and reinfections comes from lab-confirmed results and does not include cases identified through rapid tests.

The province says reinfections have become more frequent, though the report does not indicate how many of the nearly 2,000 new cases involve people who have had COVID-19 before.

Dr. Shelley Deeks, Nova Scotia's deputy chief medical officer of health, says that because many Nova Scotians have tested positive for the virus, the chances of reinfection have “become more probable.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 16, 2022.

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