Nova Scotia to provide COVID-19 update Tuesday

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health are set to provide an update Tuesday.

The briefing is scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. AT, and will be livestreamed on this page.

On Monday, Dr. Robert Strang, the chief medical officer of health, said health officials are seeing stark differences between this third wave and the previous two waves.

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He said the average age of people currently hospitalized is between 40 and 60, and that people’s conditions have deteriorated quickly.

Strang also reminded Nova Scotians that vaccines do not provide immediate protection. He said he learned of a “couple people in hospital because they immediately went out to celebrate after getting their first dose.”

“We are not anywhere close to being out of the woods,” Strang said on Monday in a briefing. “This virus can be deadly. It’s not like COVID from a year ago. It’s almost a new virus. It’s COVID 2021.”

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Self-isolation at Saint Mary’s University

Saint Mary’s University in Halifax announced two confirmed, but unrelated, cases of COVID-19 in Rice Residence.

As a result, residents of Rice Residence are required to self-isolate until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result.

The university said any residents of Loyola Residence who may have spent any extended time in Rice from April 26-May 3 are also being asked to self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.

“This decision was made out of an abundance of caution by Public Health. Public Health has not informed the university of any violation of public health measures,” SMU said in a statement.

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