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20 new COVID-19 cases reported Friday

63.3 per cent of the 98 cases of COVID-19 with an episode date between November 26 and December 2 were unvaccinated
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NEWS RELEASE
COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS
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Today, December 3, Nova Scotia is reporting 20 new cases of COVID-19 and 34 recoveries.

There are 12 cases in Central Zone and eight cases in Northern Zone. There is a cluster of cases in a localized community in Northern Zone, and there is also evidence of limited community spread in Halifax and parts of northern Nova Scotia.

On December 2, one school was notified of an exposure(s) at the school. As always, all staff, parents and guardians are notified of exposures if a positive case (student, teacher or staff) was at the school while infectious. A list of schools with exposures is available online: https://backtoschool.ednet.ns.ca/school-exposures

There have been 98 cases of COVID-19 with an episode date between November 26 and December 2. Of those:

-- 34 (34.7 per cent) were fully vaccinated
-- 2 (2.0 per cent) were partially vaccinated
-- 62 (63.3 per cent) were unvaccinated

There have been 6,683 cases from March 15 to December 2. Of those:

-- 716 (10.7 per cent) were fully vaccinated
-- 405 (6.1 per cent) were partially vaccinated
-- 5,562 (83.2 per cent) were unvaccinated

There were 336 people hospitalized. Of those:

-- 22 (6.5 per cent) were fully vaccinated
-- 33 (9.8 per cent) were partially vaccinated
-- 281 (83.6 per cent) were unvaccinated

Forty-four people died. Of those:

-- 11 (25.0 per cent) were fully vaccinated
-- 3 (6.8 per cent) were partially vaccinated
-- 30 (68.2 per cent) were unvaccinated

As of today, Nova Scotia has 199 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, 13 people are in hospital, including five in ICU.

There were 33,983 rapid tests administered between November 26 and December 2. This includes 1,236 rapid tests at the pop-up sites in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bridgetown, Digby, Stewiacke, Weymouth and Springhill and 32,747 through the workplace screening program. Another 9,118 home rapid tests were distributed at the pop-up sites.

On December 2, Nova Scotia Health Authority's labs completed 3,895 tests.

As of December 2, 1,646,458 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 793,402 Nova Scotians have received their second dose, and 26,757 eligible Nova Scotians have received a third dose. The percentage of Nova Scotians with a third dose will now be displayed on the COVID-19 data dashboard daily.

Since August 1, there have been 2,485 positive COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 2,270 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Testing advice:

Nova Scotians with or without symptoms can book a test at: https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en for COVID-19 for COVID-19 testing centres across the province. Those eligible to receive asymptomatic testing are listed at: https://www.nshealth.ca/visit-covid-19-testing-site . Those with no symptoms who do not meet the criteria are encouraged to use one of the rapid testing pop-up sites if they want to be tested. Some public health mobile unit clinics also offer drop-in testing; this will be noted in promotions.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is advised to self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results, unless they are fully vaccinated. If they are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the exposure date, they do not need to self-isolate as long as they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. They should still get tested and should monitor for symptoms up to 14 days after the exposure date. If symptoms develop, they should get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.

Symptoms and self-assessment:

Nova Scotians should visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours they have had or are currently experiencing:

-- cough (new or worsening)

Or two or more of the following symptoms:

-- fever (chills, sweats)
-- headache
-- runny nose or nasal congestion
-- sore throat
-- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

People should call 811 if they cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about their symptoms.

Anyone with symptoms should immediately self-isolate and book a test.

Quick Facts:
-- a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020, and has been extended to December 12, 2021

Additional Resources:
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

More information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

More information about public health text notifications of positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts is available here: https://www.nshealth.ca/news/public-health-begins-contacting-positive-covid-19-cases-close-contacts-text-message

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus  or 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

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