Nova Scotia is reporting 13 new cases of COVID-19 for Jan. 1-2, including five cases connected to a Dartmouth school.
Eleven cases were reported on Friday, according to a news release from the Department of Health and Wellness. Ten are in the central health zone and one in the northern zone.
All of them are close contacts of previously reported cases or linked to travel outside Atlantic Canada, the release said.
Five of them are at Churchill Academy, a private school in Dartmouth.
There were two previous cases at the school, for a total of seven.
Those two positive cases were reported over the last week, according an email Saturday from Dan Harrison, director of communications for the Department of Health and Wellness. The school was not identified in the reports.
The last day of classes was Dec. 18.
Two new cases were reported on Saturday.
One is in the central zone and linked to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The other is in the northern zone and is under investigation by Public Health.
There are now 27 known active cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.
The number of tests conducted at Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs is not available today, but will be updated on Jan. 4.
The province did not plan to release daily COVID-19 case numbers over the holiday weekend, except in “unusual circumstances.”
Because of low case numbers over the holidays, dine-in services at restaurants and bars in HRM are allowed to resume on Monday, one week earlier than originally planned when the restrictions came into effect in December.
A full list of potential exposure sites in the province can be found here.
Atlantic Canada case numbers
The latest COVID-19 numbers from the Atlantic provinces are:
- Newfoundland and Labrador reported no new cases on Saturday. There are 11 active cases and one person is in hospital.
- New Brunswick reported 10 new cases on Saturday for 34 active cases. One person is hospitalized and in intensive care.
- P.E.I. is reporting no new cases and six active cases.
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Speed up vaccine rollout to LTC homes to prevent deaths, cases: advisory group says – 680 News
TORONTO — Refocusing Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout on long-term care residents would prevent 115 deaths and hundreds more cases by the end of March, according to modelling done by an expert team advising the government on the pandemic.
The brief published Thursday predicted that giving a first dose to all long-term care residents by Jan. 31 would save lives, and speeding up the rollout would be even more effective.
It concluded the January date would prevent 600 people from becoming infected, compared with the government’s current plan to vaccinate all long-term care residents by Feb. 15.
The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table made the forecasts by modelling best and worst outcomes from three vaccine rollout scenarios up to March 31.
It also looked at the potential impact of vaccinating all residents by Jan. 21, finding in a best-case scenario, hundreds of lives could potentially be saved.
The report said long-term care residents should be prioritized if supply issues arise.
“If vaccine supply is limited, the early provision of first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to (long-term care) home residents is likely to be more beneficial than the on-schedule provision of second doses to health care workers outside of LTC homes,” the report said.
Asked whether the province would adjust its rollout plan based on the findings, a spokeswoman for Health Minister Christine Elliott said the schedule depends on supply.
“We continue to vaccinate long-term care home residents as quickly as we receive vaccines from the federal government,” Alexandra Hilkene said in a statement.
Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
As of Thursday, 3,256 long-term care residents had died from COVID-19, and 13,647 had tested positive for the illness, according to government figures.
Thursday’s report noted the “disproportionately high rates” of COVID-19 infections and deaths among nursing home residents in Ontario.
Based on figures as of Jan. 17, long-term care residents accounted for more than 59 per cent of Ontario’s total deaths from COVID-19.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 22, 2021.<
Heavy snow hits parts of Nova Scotia Friday – CBC.ca
Parts of Nova Scotia were hit with wintry weather Friday during a system that dumped up to 25 centimetres of snow in some areas before tapering off in the evening.
RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Lisa Croteau said the RCMP has responded to accidents in areas including Lower Sackville, Fall River and Windsor.
“Everybody needs to just take it slow,” she said. “When the roads can be covered in snow and ice, it can lead to collisions.
“So we’re asking people to just slow down, take their time, be patient. We just want everyone to make it home at the end of the day.”
Croteau said she did not know of any significant injuries that came as a result of any of the collisions.
Several Halifax Transit bus routes were on snow plans due to slippery road conditions. Updates are being posted to the Halifax Transit Twitter page.
Friday evening, a vehicle crash knocked out electricity for some Nova Scotia Power customers in Cole Harbour. At one point, more than 2,000 customers were in the dark in the Forest Hills area.
As of 10 p.m., most of the power was restored, according to the utility’s outage map.
A picture posted to Nova Scotia Power’s Twitter account showed a Halifax Transit bus on Merrimac Drive with a power pole on top of it.
Our crews are now on site making repairs. Stay safe on the roads, everyone. <a href=”https://t.co/FLK2reD3tn”>https://t.co/FLK2reD3tn</a> <a href=”https://t.co/UT8hdKCeq9″>pic.twitter.com/UT8hdKCeq9</a>
CBC meteorologist Jim Abraham said only some parts of Nova Scotia were affected by the system.
“As the sun goes down, it’s clear in Digby and clear in much of Cape Breton, but in between there’s this heavy band of snow that has plagued parts of southwestern and central Nova Scotia all day,” said Abraham.
However, Abraham said most of the snow was supposed to taper off by about 7 p.m.
“It should end early enough that we can tidy it up before we go to bed,” he said.
In a tweet, the city of Halifax said the winter parking ban will be enforced from 1-6 a.m. Saturday.
Crews continue to apply de-icing materials to streets and sidewalks across the municipality. Residents should exercise caution as winter conditions are present. An accumulation of ~5 cm is expected. Reminder the parking ban will be enforced from 1-6 a.m.: <a href=”https://t.co/HvjffJEi6y”>https://t.co/HvjffJEi6y</a> <a href=”https://t.co/jaP0a4OgB8″>pic.twitter.com/jaP0a4OgB8</a>
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