Have COVID Deaths and Infections Peaked?
While COVID numbers have been rampant recently, today’s weekly update suggests the impact of the virus may have levelled off.
Nova Scotia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health says, “After several weeks of increases, the data suggests we may have hit the peak of the wave when it comes to new COVID-19 infections.”
Dr. Shelley Deeks added, "For many, COVID has been a mild to moderate illness with symptoms that can be managed at home. But that is not the case for everyone, especially older people, which makes our individual actions—getting vaccinated, wearing a mask, keeping our social circles small—that much more important.”
The seven-day period ending April 18 revealed 7,508 positive PCR tests performed at the lab. Eighty-four new patients were admitted to hospital, and thirteen people died. The average age of those who died since the start of the Omicron wave (December 8, 2021) is 80.
The epidemiologic summary tracks weekly trends and is focused on monitoring for severe outcomes in key populations. The report is posted on government's coronavirus website at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/alerts-notices/#epidemiologic-summaries.
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