Provincial officials have stated that two Nova Scotians have died at home due to COVID-19 complications. A woman in her 50s and a man in his 70s who both died of COVID-19 were residents of the Halifax area. Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health, stated that they have learned that one of the deceased had contracted COVID-19 after they died.
“This is indeed a very sad day.”
The province won’t bill any ambulance fees for those suffering from COVID-19 and who need to get to the hospital in an emergency.
Since the pandemic started, 69 COVID-related deaths were reported in Nova Scotia. Of those 69 deaths, 53 were reported in the Northwood long-term care home in Halifax last spring. The province has reported 153 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. There are 139 cases in the central zone, 10 in the eastern zone, three in the northern zone and one in the western Zone.
Right now, 37 people with COVID-19 are in hospital, eight of them being in intensive care. Strang added:
“We have a path, we’re at a crossroads. We put things in place — now, what path we end up on actually depends on how people comply with that.”
Dr. Strang is worried, saying that “Nova Scotia is at a critical point”. Not only are more COVID-19 patients are arriving at the hospital, but patients with chronic issues are having surgeries delayed as well.