Nova Scotia reported the death of a woman in her 90s, who resided at the East Cumberland Lodge long-term care home in Pugwash, due to COVID-19.
The province also reported 27 new COVID-19 cases and 40 recoveries on Friday.
There are 13 new cases in the Central Zone, seven cases in the West Zone, six cases in the North Zone and one case in the East Zone. There is also evidence of limited community spread in Halifax and northern Nova Scotia.
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Another East Cumberland Lodge resident tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 32 residents and 10 staff members in the home tested positive in the recent outbreak, and three of the infected residents died.
“Public and occupational health are working with the facility to prevent further spread. Greater public health measures and restrictions have been implemented, ”the province said in a statement.
On Thursday, four schools were notified of an exposure to COVID-19 at their school.
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COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11
Health and Welfare Minister Michelle Thompson announced that Health Canada has approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 and said it is “great news.”
In a statement, Thompson stated that the province is now investigating how it will tailor its vaccine release to support vaccination within this age group.
“We have been anticipating this announcement for weeks and have been working with our health system partners and our vaccine reserve system on a plan,” he said.
“We are now awaiting input from our federal partners regarding vaccine delivery to finalize our planning.”
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As of Friday, Nova Scotia has 223 active cases of COVID-19. Of these, 15 people are in the hospital, including seven in the ICU.
Nova Scotia Health completed 3,942 tests the day before.
30,193 rapid tests were administered between November 12 and 18. This includes 2,050 rapid tests at the pop-up sites in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bear River, Digby, Weymouth and Yarmouth and 28,143 through the workplace assessment program.
Another 12,649 home rapid tests were distributed to the emerging sites, the province said.
As of Thursday, 1,616,350 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered. Of those, 785,380 Nova Scotians have received their second dose and 9,729 eligible Nova Scotians have received a third dose.
Since August 1, there have been 2,116 positive COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths. There are 1,882 solved cases.
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