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Nova Scotia confirms more than 1,100 new COVID-19 cases

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Nova Scotia health officials reported another spike in COVID-19 infections with 1,145 new cases reported on Saturday.

It is the highest number of new cases reported in a single day this week.

The PCR-confirmed cases include 598 in the central zone, 240 in the eastern zone, 180 in the western zone and 127 cases in the northern zone.

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The province says NSHA labs completed 7,437 tests on Friday, meaning the positivity rate that day was 15.4 per cent.

“Because of a spike in testing and positive cases, public health is experiencing delays in follow-up,” read a news release.

“All people who test positive should contact their close contacts.”

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The outbreaks involve:

  • Six staff members at Blomidon Court in Wolfville
  • Five staff members at Orchard Court in Kentville
  • Two staff members and one resident at Evergreen Home for Special Care in Kentville
  • 10 staff members and one resident at Grand View Manor in Berwick
  • Six staff members and three residents at Queens Manor in Liverpool
  • Five staff members at The Meadows in Yarmouth.

There are also additional cases in the following long-term care outbreaks:

  • Three staff members and two residents at Parkstone in Halifax
  • One staff member and two residents at Melville Gardens in Halifax
  • Four staff members at the Sagewood in Halifax.

As of this week, the province is issuing only abbreviated updates on COVID-19 and the provincial dashboard will be updated on Monday.

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On Friday the province reported six new outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

— with files from Alex Cooke

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