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COVID-19: NS says peak of sixth wave behind us, reports 24 new deaths – Halifax | World Nation News

Nova Scotia officials say there has been a “significant decrease” in new COVID-19 cases, although hospitalizations have risen and there are 24 new deaths to report in weekly epidemiological updates .

COVID-19: NS says peak of sixth wave behind us, reports 24 new deaths - Halifax | World Nation News

For the seven-day period ending April 25, the province recorded 5,436 new PCR-confirmed cases. This was compared to the 7,508 positive tests in the previous report.

In addition to 24 deaths, the virus resulted in 91 new hospitalizations – taking the total number of hospitalized patients to 339, with 10 in intensive care. The update states that hospitalizations and deaths are “not unexpected” as dire consequences are outweighed by new infections.

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“There is a delay in developing serious consequences, which include both hospitalization and death, so the number of cases this week would also not have been hospitalized and died this week. You have to look at it over time.” is needed,” Dr. Shelley Dix, the province’s deputy chief medical officer for health, told reporters on Thursday.

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“I expect what happens over the next few weeks is that we start to see a trend toward hospitalizations.”

The data shows that PCR-positive test results were at their peak in mid-April, and are now on the decline. The province notes that the number of cases linked to long-term care and residential care facility outbreaks has also stabilized.

Deeks said all of this suggests that the peak of the sixth wave is “behind us.”

The province considers the sixth wave to begin on March 1.

“While the increase in hospitalizations and deaths is not unexpected, they are not negligible either. Behind each of these 24 COVID-19 deaths is a family mourning an irreparable loss,” she added in a news release.

“It is the family and the loved ones that we must keep in mind. That’s why we get vaccinated. That’s why we wear masks. That’s why we stay at home when we are sick.”

Changes in hospitalization and death reports

The province has also changed age groups in how it reports hospitalizations and deaths “to better align with vaccine rollouts.”

Hospitalizations will now be reported in four groups: under 18, 18 to 49, 50 to 69, and 70 and over.

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Meanwhile, deaths will be reported in three groups: under 50, 69 by 50 and 70 and over.

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Officials say about 64.7 percent of Nova Scotians 18 and older have received at least one booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

A second booster dose is currently available for people 70 and older, and Deeks said about 14,000 of those shots have been administered so far.

The report said those who received three doses had an 85.2 percent lower risk of hospitalization and a 92.7 percent lower risk of death than those who were not vaccinated or had only one dose.

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Nova Scotia Health reported 359 workers at work Thursday because they tested positive for COVID-19, were awaiting test results, or had come into contact with a member of their household with COVID-19. informed of.

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Most of these workers are in the Central Zone, which includes Halifax at 167.

— With a file from the Canadian Press

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