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COVID-19 deaths continue to rise in Nova Scotia

Today, January 28, Nova Scotia is reporting 10 new hospital admissions and six discharges.

Nova Scotia is also reporting one death related to COVID-19: a man in his 60s in Western Zone has died.

“It’s never easy to learn that another Nova Scotian lost their life because of this virus. I offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends grieving,” said Premier Tim Houston. “This has been a difficult week for our province. As we head into the weekend, please let this be a sad reminder to slow down your activities, minimize your contacts and follow the public health measures in place.”

There are 88 people in hospital who were admitted due to COVID-19 and are receiving specialized care in a COVID-19 designated unit.

That includes 15 people in ICU.

The age range of those in hospital is 35-100 years old.

The average age is 67, and the average length of stay of people admitted to hospital due to COVID-19 is 7.6 days.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of the man who has passed away,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. “Now more than ever, we need to come together as a province and do everything we can to prevent this from happening to another Nova Scotian. Together we can slow the spread of this virus. ”

Of the 88 people in hospital, 85 were admitted during the Omicron wave.

The vaccination status of those in hospital is:

  • 18 (20.5 per cent) people have had a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine

  • 52 (59.1 per cent) are fully vaccinated (two doses)

  • 1 (1.1 per cent) is partially vaccinated

  • 17 (19.3 per cent) are unvaccinated.

It is important to note that less than 10 per cent of Nova Scotians are unvaccinated.

There are also two other groups of people in hospital related to COVID-19:

  • 104 people who were identified as positive upon arrival at hospital but were admitted for another medical reason, or were admitted for COVID-19 but no longer require specialized care

  • 130 people who contracted COVID-19 after being admitted to hospital.

Vaccine Coverage:

As of January 27, 2,094,109 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

Of those, 91.1 per cent of Nova Scotians have received their first dose, and 83.5 per cent have received their second dose.

As well, 52.1 per cent of Nova Scotians 18 and older have received a booster dose, and 6.1 per cent have booked a booster dose appointment.

Cases and Testing:

On January 27, Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) labs completed 3,670 tests.

An additional 620 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 are being reported.

There are 319 cases in Central Zone, 97 cases in Eastern Zone, 98 cases in Northern Zone and 106 cases in Western Zone.

As of today, there are an estimated 4,316 active cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.

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