Nova Scotia is reporting five more people in hospital with COVID-19 Thursday for a total of 59, including seven in the intensive-care unit.
Five people were discharged over the same period. Those in hospital range from zero to 100 years, with an average age of 67.
Of those in hospital, 11.9 per cent have had three shots of the vaccine, 52.5 per cent had two shots, 5.1 per cent had one shot and 30.5 per cent are unvaccinated.
Less than 10 per cent of all Nova Scotians are unvaccinated, according to provincial statistics.
Nova Scotia: COVID-19 hospitalizations
During Wednesday's COVID-19 briefing, Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, said the province is facing the most serious pressures on the health system since the pandemic began.
"This is different than other waves. We've never before had hundreds of health-care workers not able to work, or so many cases Public Health is no longer to identify and closely manage each case and all their contacts," said Strang.
He urged all Nova Scotians to follow COVID-19 restrictions, wear their mask properly, keep their social circles small and to alert their contacts if they test positive for COVID-19.
Nova Scotia: COVID-19 positivity rate
The Nova Scotia Health Authority labs did 4,436 tests Wednesday and found 542 new cases of COVID-19. That includes 271 in the central zone, 130 in the eastern zone, 42 in the northern zone and 99 in the western zone.
The province estimates there are 6,620 active cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.
The province also reported outbreaks at Northside General Hospital in North Sydney and on two wards at Colchester East Hants Health Centre. Fewer than 10 patients at each facility have tested positive.
Nova Scotia: Daily new COVID-19 cases
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