N.S. COVID-19 cases hit all-time high, but province rules out bringing back restrictions | CBC News

Nova Scotia has no plans to reintroduce public well being restrictions whilst COVID-19 circumstances hit an all-time excessive within the province on Thursday.

In a livestreamed briefing, Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of well being, stated his dedication to defending the well being of Nova Scotians has not wavered however it’s time to maneuver on from restrictive measures.

“There’s all the time going to be some individuals who really feel that we’re going too quick and need to dangle on to measures we have used for the previous two years,” Strang stated.

“There’s additionally lots of people who really feel that we held on to them for too lengthy.”

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On Thursday, Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston stated there have been 1,300 optimistic PCR day by day circumstances, eclipsing the earlier document of 1,184 optimistic assessments on Jan. 2, 2022. 

In its weekly COVID-19 knowledge replace, the province reported a complete of 6,991 optimistic PCR assessments, a median of almost 1,000 new COVID-19 circumstances per day. This complete doesn’t embody optimistic fast assessments.

There have been additionally eight extra COVID-19 deaths between March 31 and April 6, and 57 Nova Scotians are presently in hospital on account of COVID-19.

Dr. Shelley Deeks, Nova Scotia’s deputy chief medical officer of well being, additionally spoke on the briefing. She stated hospitalizations and deaths on account of COVID-19 have not reached some extent of concern.

“The variety of hospitalizations as a proportion of all the complete optimistic assessments continues to be fairly low,” she stated.

“Greater than 3 times decrease than within the first wave and that’s largely as a result of affect of vaccines.”

Deeks says the present proportion of deaths in comparison with optimistic circumstances is nearly 10 occasions decrease than it was within the first wave.

Strang was additionally requested throughout the briefing in regards to the distinction between public well being’s messaging of warning and the provincial authorities encouraging Nova Scotians to “get again on the market.”

“The general public well being recommendation and my recommendation is for folks to be out and about, make your decisions correctly, observe precautions rigorously,” he stated.

“We’ve got to be taught that COVID is a component of the environment and might be right here for a very long time.”

Nova Scotia lifted nearly all COVID-19 restrictions more than two weeks ago. Some restrictions stay, together with necessary seven-day isolation for anybody who assessments optimistic and continued mask-wearing at health-care amenities, jails and courts. College students additionally should nonetheless put on masks in class for a couple of extra weeks.

Houston advised reporters Thursday afternoon that he isn’t ready to re-introduce restrictions, whilst some infectious illness consultants name for a return to necessary masks.

“Issues have modified. We’ve got excessive vaccination charges. The variant is completely different. These are all information. There’d be plenty of those that have opinions on the information, however the opinions and steering that I depend on, that the federal government ought to depend on, is that of public well being,” Houston stated.

The premier stated “there was a time and place for restrictions” however they weren’t supposed to be in place ceaselessly. He additionally stated there are ramifications that include these guidelines, such because the affect mandates have on Nova Scotians’ psychological well being and social interactions. 

“I do not need to give the impression for one second that any of this does not weigh on any elected official … They’re robust choices,” he stated.

Hospitals at 99.5% capability

Up to now throughout the Omicron wave, those that are unvaccinated or have acquired just one dose of vaccine are 3 times extra prone to die of COVID-19 as in comparison with somebody who has had two doses, and are six occasions extra prone to die as somebody who has acquired a booster dose. 

Unvaccinated Nova Scotians are about 5½ occasions extra prone to be hospitalized on account of COVID-19 than somebody with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. That determine relies on common hospitalization numbers launched from the province from Jan. 4 to March 24.

The province’s health authority said Wednesday hospitals throughout the province are working at 99.5 per cent capability, with hundreds of staff currently off the job on account of COVID-19 — greater than at every other level since 2019.

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