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COVID-19: Nova Scotia reports one new death on Tuesday, 58 people in hospital

Province also reports 616 new lab-confirmed cases

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COVID-19 rapid tests and surgical masks lying on a table.
caption The province's most recent epidemiological update on COVID-19 makes it clear that people over 70 are still most at risk from the virus.
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The province says another person has died, the fourth reported in two days, of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and reported 15 new hospital admissions.

The death was a man in his 80s in the Central Zone.

“I am so saddened to hear about another death to this virus,” said Premier Tim Houston in a news release. “To all Nova Scotians, we know what we have to do to protect ourselves and others. So please, do your part to prevent another loss.”

After 16 people were discharged, there are 58 in hospital with the virus and four in intensive care. Their ages range from 39 to 100 years old. Of those in hospital, 56 people were admitted during the Omicron wave.

Of those hospitalized, six people (10.3 per cent) have had a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, 34 (58.6 per cent) have received two doses, three (5.2 per cent) are partially vaccinated and 15 (25.9 per cent) are unvaccinated. Less than 10 per cent of the province’s population is unvaccinated.

“It is tragic to see the virus take another life, especially when we know we can prevent this from happening,” Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, said in a release. “To everyone, please use this as a reminder to get vaccinated, wear a mask and reduce your social interactions to keep Omicron from spreading.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs reported 616 new cases: 332 in the Central Zone, 103 in the Eastern Zone, 69 in the Northern Zone and 112 cases in Western Zone.

There are an estimated 6,796 active cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.

The province has administered 1,870,346 doses of COVID-19 vaccine as of Jan 10. Throughout the province, 90.2 per cent of people have received their first dose, 82.9 per cent have received their second dose and 21.3 per cent have received a third dose.


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