COVID-19: NS Reports 52 New Cases, 38 Related to the St. FX Outbreak – Halifax | The Canadian News

Nova Scotia reported 52 new COVID-19 cases Thursday as cases related to the outbreak at St. Francis Xavier University continue to grow.

In a statement, the province said 38 of the new cases are related to an outbreak stemming from graduation events at the school. So far, a total of 59 cases have been linked to this outbreak.

Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer for health, previously said the group is connected to the university’s recent ring ceremony to the graduating class, as well as social events taking place on campus and its surroundings during the weekend.

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“So far, those infected are experiencing very mild symptoms because the cases are mostly young people who are fully vaccinated,” said a statement from the province.

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“We expect more new cases in the next few days. The university reports that around 95 percent of the student body is vaccinated ”.

He said there has been no evidence of spread in classrooms or residences to date, and there is no secondary transmission in the community.

“Currently, the investigation has found that the majority of the spread occurred in smaller private gatherings,” the statement said.

“Most of the cases are related to those who attended the activities from December 2 to 5, both on and off campus. There is an ongoing compliance investigation. “

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The statement added that the university, school and community have been “very cooperative” and are complying with public health research councils, including testing.

In response to the outbreak, the Nova Scotia Health testing center has increased its hours of operation and the Mobile Public Health Unit will be in the community for the next several days. Nova Scotia Health and the university are also distributing take-home test kits.

“Our priority at this time is to support those who are positive and contain any spread on campus and in the community,” Dr. Strang said in the statement.

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“The vaccine is doing its job of limiting the spread and keeping symptoms mild, so this outbreak is very different from what we’ve seen in previous fourth wave outbreaks. Our level of concern is less because of the widespread vaccinations and the symptoms that we are seeing. “

Strang said it is important that community members and students “diligently practice” public health measures, especially masking and isolation. He asked anyone to get tested if they had any symptoms or if they attended any of the graduation activities or had interactions with the people involved.

New cases

Of the 52 new cases reported on Thursday, 29 are in the Central Zone, 18 in the Eastern Zone, three in the North Zone and two in the Western Zone.

The statement said there is a cluster of cases in a community located in the North Zone and evidence of a limited extent of the community in Halifax and parts of northern Nova Scotia.

There are currently 194 active cases in Nova Scotia. Nine people are hospitalized, four of them in intensive care.

Nova Scotia Health labs completed 4,454 tests Wednesday.

Four other schools have been notified of an exposure to COVID-19. A full list of schools with exhibitions can be found here.

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Due to technical problems, no updated vaccination data was provided on Thursday. However, as of Wednesday, 84.9 percent of Nova Scotia residents had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 81.6 percent were fully vaccinated.

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