I have been meaning to detail the results of a FOI request that was shared with me by a follower and concerned citizen who has been very active with trying to garner information from the NS Government. However, it appears that Ronnie at Canuck Law did the leg work already, so rather than duplicate his good work, I'll simply link his summary HERE and add some of my own commentary.
Between May 4 - May 21, 2021, during the "3rd wave" in NS, daily active cases were over 1000, averaging 1410 during that period. Covid hospitalizations and ICU admissions were listed to be higher than at any other point of the pandemic, by far. You may even recall reports, such as THIS one by the CBC, that stated ICU capacity in the Halifax area had been "maxed" and some patients needed to be moved to other hospitals in the province. This information is categorically false, based on information directly from the NSHA.
Average number of ICU beds occupied (and percent of total capacity) across all NS hospitals in the month of May since 2015 are as follows:
2015 - 96.1 (80.1%)
2016 - 103.2 (81.9%)
2017 - 104.9 (82.6%)
2018 - 103.8 (81.7%)
2019 - 97.6 (81.3%)
2020 (Wave 1) - 74.2 (61.3%)
2021 (Wave 3) - 78.3 (64.7%)
As you can plainly see, ICU capacity during the 1st and 3rd waves were significantly lower than the previous 5 years. Yes, part of this could be due to lockdowns (less car accidents etc...) but how do you explain the lack of difference between wave 1 and wave 3? We were arguably more locked down during wave 1, yet had significantly more reported covid ICU admissions in wave 3 (May 2021), yet actual ICU capacity and admissions are the same. In fact, wave 1 was "worse" in April 2020, rather than May, yet overall all cause ICU admissions in the thick of the 3rd wave in May 2021 are the same as they were in May 2020 when there weren't many being attributed to covid anyway.
That's a difficult one to explain away. We were all told that ICU capacity in Halifax was maxed out, yet the "surge" in covid ICU admissions somehow didn't result in any change in overall ICU admissions whatsoever. In my opinion, the only explanation for this stark reality is that these are people that were going to be in the ICU (by and large), regardless of covid. There is no other explanation. If covid was the legitimate reason for all these people to be admitted to ICU (peaked in the later half of May with around 25 people reported to be in ICU as a result of covid), you would obviously HAVE to see higher overall ICU admissions than the same time the previous year when covid hospitalizations were much lower.
If you look at JUST Halifax (QE2) ICU data in May since 2015, you get the following:
2015 - 33.1 (73.6%)
2016 - 37.4 (83.1%)
2017 - 37.3 (81.1%)
2018 - 36.4 (79.1%)
2019 - 30.6 (78.5%)
2020 (wave 1) - 26.9 (61.1%)
2021 (wave 3) - 30.6 (69.5%)
The same exact story is true of Halifax. ICU admissions in the thick of wave 3 were about the same as wave 1 and far lower than the previous 5 years. If the argument that this is the result of them moving patients to other hospitals as they said they did, then why is there no spike for overall NS ICU admissions, already outlined above?
The claims made by the media, Premier Rankin, Dr Strang and others during wave 3 are now easily provable as utter lies and blatant propaganda to stoke fear, justify lockdowns, injunctions etc... and garner public support for it all. ICU capacity in both Halifax and around the province was not only never in jeopardy, but lower than it has been for many years. Those listed as in ICU due to covid were there for other reasons and then tested positive in hospital using a flawed PCR test with far too many cycles. We already knew all of this to be likely true, but this data proves it with irrefutable data provided directly by the NSHA. There was no 3rd wave, and our health system has not been impacted in any way as a direct result of covid. The impact has been a result of the measures, resulting in suffering and death as a result of postponed and missed surgeries and people too afraid to seek medical care.
On top of all this, the same concerned citizen also did a FOI request on NS co-morbidity data. Here are the results:
The basic conclusion is that the average person who is reported to have died from/with covid in NS had an average of 1.7 serious co-morbidities, and this is objectively an underestimate by the government's own words that "co-morbidity data is not required to be collected in all case investigations" and also because only a handful of co-morbidities are even recorded. So once again, as we already knew, covid is only really impacting people who are generally old and quite ill already. As I've said for a long time now, can you really class something as a serious pandemic when life expectancy isn't impacted? As in, the average age of death with covid worldwide is greater than or equal to average life expectancy.