Nova Scotia reports weekend total of 111 new COVID-19 cases

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia on Monday reported a three-day total of 111 new COVID-19 cases from over the weekend, nearly double the three-day total identified a week earlier when there were 59.

Among the new cases was an outbreak of the disease at the East Cumberland Lodge nursing home in Pugwash, N.S., where four residents and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19.

During a briefing Monday, deputy chief medical officer Dr. Shelley Deeks told reporters the staff member's infection was tied to a multi-day faith gathering in late October. One of the residents was in hospital and the facility increased health measures to control the spread.

"I fully expect we will see more cases at this facility," Deeks said. "The good news is that vaccination coverage of residents and staff is very high in this facility."

Under the province's vaccine mandate, faith services do not require proof of vaccination.

Provincial health officials said the new cases were largely centred in the province's western region, and they attributed the rise to ongoing spread of the disease in Amherst and Cumberland County.

There are 255 active reported cases of COVID-19 in the province, with nine people in hospital, including one in intensive care.

Over the past three days, five schools in the province were notified of COVID-19 exposures, according to officials.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 8, 2021.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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