One new case of COVID-19 is being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 2.
The case is in Northern Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.
Unrelated to the case being announced today, two more cases of the UK variant, formally called B.1.1.7, and five more cases of the South African variant, formally called 501.V2 have been identified by the National Microbiology Lab among Nova Scotia residents.
Two cases with the UK variant are in Western Zone and Central Zone and are connected to a previously reported UK variant. The people were tested late last month. One case is resolved, the other case is self-isolating.
Five cases in the Central Zone have been identified with the South African variant. One case is related to travel and the other four cases are household contacts of the traveller. The case related to travel is now considered resolved, the other four cases remain in self-isolation.
This brings the total number of cases of the UK variant in Nova Scotia to eight and South African variant to six.
As of today, March 2, Nova Scotia has 29 active cases of COVID-19.
Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 5,146 Nova Scotia tests on March 1.
As of March 1, 33,471 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 12,891 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.
Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 220,085 tests. There have been 554 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Four people are currently in hospital. Of those, two are in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. There are 525 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.
Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ , by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .
Source: Release #notw