**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release
Six New Hospital Admissions, Six Discharges
NOTE: Nova Scotia will issue abbreviated COVID-19 news releases on January 15 and 16. The online dashboard will not be updated again until Monday, January 17.
Today, January 14, Nova Scotia is reporting six new hospital admissions and six discharges.
There are 57 people in hospital who were admitted due to COVID-19 and are receiving specialized care in a COVID-19 designated unit. That includes 10 people in ICU. The age range of those in hospital is 0-100 years old, and the average age is 65. Of the 57 people in hospital, 54 were admitted during the Omicron wave.
The average length of stay of those admitted to hospital due to COVID-19 is six days.
The vaccination status of those in hospital is:
— 5 (8.8 per cent) people have had a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine
— 34 (59.6 per cent) are fully vaccinated (two doses)
— 3 (5.3 per cent) are partially vaccinated
— 15 (26.3 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:
— 52 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
— 105 people who contracted COVID-19 after being admitted to hospital.
As of January 13, 1,925,970 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 90.4 per cent of Nova Scotians have received their first dose, and 83.1 per cent have received their second dose.
As well, 35.6 per cent of eligible Nova Scotians have received a booster dose and 16 per cent have booked a booster dose appointment.
Cases and Testing:
On January 13, Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) labs completed 5,074 tests. An additional 891 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 are being reported.
There are 534 cases in Central Zone, 198 cases in Eastern Zone, 77 cases in Northern Zone and 82 cases in Western Zone.
As of today, there are an estimated 6,648 active cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.
Hospital and Long-Term Care Outbreaks:
The NSHA is reporting additional cases related to the outbreaks in three hospitals. The additional cases involved are:
— one additional patient in a ward at Northside General Hospital in North Sydney; a total of 12 patients have now tested positive
— one additional patient in a separate ward at Northside General Hospital; fewer than 10 patients have tested positive
— one additional patient at Cape Breton Regional Hospital; fewer than 10 patients have tested positive.
All patients are being closely monitored and other infection prevention and control measures are being put in place. NSHA will provide a further update when more information is available.
The Province is reporting four outbreaks in long-term care facilities:
— three staff and five residents at Wolfville Nursing Home in Wolfville
— six staff and two residents at Glen Haven Manor in New Glasgow
— 14 staff and 11 residents at Cove Guest Home in Sydney
— two residents at the Harbour View Hospital long-term care unit in Sydney Mines.
Public health is working with the facilities to prevent further spread. Increased public health measures and restrictions are in place.
— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020, and has been extended to January 23, 2022
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
Information on provincewide restrictions that took effect December 22 and other public health measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 is available at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/
More information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/
More information about public health text notifications of positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts is available here: https://www.nshealth.ca/news/public-health-notifying-positive-covid-19-cases-text-advising-notify-close-contacts