Nova Scotia reported 31 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, three of which were linked to the outbreak at a long-term care home in Pugwash.
In a statement, the province said one more resident and two more staff members at East Cumberland Lodge have tested positive for COVID-19.
So far, a total of 29 residents and 10 staff members have tested positive for the virus, and two residents have died.
COVID-19: 3 more deaths in NS, including 2 outbreaks in long-term care homes
The province said there was community spread in the Northern and Western areas, “mainly related to continued transmission from a faith-based gathering that took place in late October”.
“This includes secondary transmission to other faith-based gatherings, workplaces, and to East Cumberland Lodge,” the statement said.
The province said the community and occupational health are working with the facility to prevent further spread, and has increased public health measures and restrictions.
Of the 31 cases reported Tuesday, 19 are in the Central Region, nine are in the Northern Region, two are in the East Region and one in the West Region.
There have been 41 recoveries since Monday, leaving 253 active cases. Of those, 16 are in hospital with seven in intensive care.
Nova Scotia Health labs completed 2,893 tests as of Monday.
Five more schools have been notified of COVID-19 exposure in the past day: Cumberland North Academy, Hants East Rural High School, Dutch Settlement Primary, Grosvenor-Wentworth Park Elementary and Kingswood Elementary. A full list of exposures can be viewed here.
According to the province’s COVID-19 summary, 83.7% of Nova Scotians have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 79.6% are fully immunized.
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