Nova Scotia is reporting 1,420 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, 37 hospitalizations and 7 deaths related to COVID-19 in the seven-day period ending June 20. The number of new cases confirmed by a PCR test fell slightly from last week, but the number of hospitalizations increased.
“We’ve started to see COVID-19 viral activity decreasing again this week,” said Dr. Shelley Deeks, Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. We have learned a lot about this virus over the past two years. When the good weather arrives, I encourage everyone to gather outside whenever possible, to continue to wash their hands, to cover their mouths when coughing and sneezing and above all, to stay home in case of illness. »
People 70 or older are still most at risk of serious complications from COVID-19. Since the start of the Omicron waves on December 8, 2021, the median age of those hospitalized and deceased is 71 and 81 respectively. All COVID-19 deaths reported this week are people 70 years of age or older.
The data indicate that age is the main risk factor for serious complications and that vaccination is always effective. The risk of hospitalization is almost 11 times higher and the risk of death is about 115 times higher in people 70 or older than in people under 50. In all vaccine-eligible age groups, unvaccinated people are at higher risk of serious complications than vaccinated people. The immunity offered by the vaccine wanes more rapidly in people aged 70 or over, and therefore a second booster dose has been recommended for these people in the spring. Most people under 70 are still well protected with a primary series of two doses plus a booster dose.
Nova Scotians who have not received all of the recommended vaccines are still encouraged to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccines they are eligible for.
So far, 65.8% of people aged 18 or older have received at least one booster dose, and 74,159 people have received a second booster dose.
The weekly epidemiological summary on COVID-19 is prepared for the Chief Medical Officer of Health and his team to inform Public Health measures to combat the pandemic. The report tracks weekly trends and closely monitors serious complications in certain key populations. The full report can be found here: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/alerts-notices/en/#epidemiologic-summaries.