Nova Scotia reports 5 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday

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Government figures show 71.3 per cent of Nova Scotians have had two shots of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday.  (Robert Short/CBC - image credit)
Government figures show 71.3 per cent of Nova Scotians have had two shots of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday. (Robert Short/CBC - image credit)

Nova Scotia reported five new cases of COVID-19 Thursday and four recoveries.

The province now has 60 active cases and no one is in hospital due to the virus.

Three of the new cases are in the central zone and two of those are connected to older cases; one remains under investigation.

One case is in the western zone and is under investigation. The fifth case is in the northern zone and related to travel.

Nova Scotia's heath authority did 3,792 COVID-19 tests Wednesday.

Phase 5 threshold

Nova Scotia is scheduled to enter Phase 5 — the final phase of its reopening plan — on Sept. 15, providing 75 per cent of the population has received two doses of a vaccine.

Speaking after Thursday's cabinet meeting in Halifax, Premier Tim Houston said he was "very firm" about holding to that 75 per cent requirement.

"From all my discussions with Public Health and Dr. [Robert] Strang, if that's not met, we don't start Phase 5 until it is," Houston said.

The province will continue to provide education about the vaccines and make vaccination clinics available, he said.

Houston said the implementation of vaccination policies by private businesses and education institutions should lead to an increase in the number of people vaccinated.

Masks in schools

In response to a question about mask mandates in schools, Education Minister Becky Druhan said her department has been taking direction from Public Health.

Druhan said the department has also been working with a pediatric advisory committee to ensure the health and well-being of children is taken into consideration.

"We're very confident in the plans that we currently have in place and will continue to adjust and adapt as needed and as epidemiology changes," she said following the cabinet meeting.

Atlantic Canada case numbers

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