COVID 19

March 1    5:30 PM

As of today, March 1, Nova Scotia has 35 active cases of COVID-19. One new case of COVID-19 is being reported in Nova Scotia today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update Tuesday, March 2 at 3:00 p.m.

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COVID-19 Testing

Everyone should get tested regularly for COVID-19. Even if you have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, you should get tested.

Book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Rapid testing is available without appointment at pop-up sites for people who are 16 or older and have no symptoms.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing. Only call 811 if you can’t book a test online.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–One New Case of COVID-19

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One new case of COVID-19 is being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 1.

The case is in Central Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

“A record number of Nova Scotians took advantage of COVID-19 testing over the weekend. Thank you for that,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “It’s a great response but it doesn’t mean we can let down our guard. Testing is just one part of our multi-layer response to the virus. So, continue to follow all the public health measures, including keeping your social circles small and consistent.”

As of today, March 1, Nova Scotia has 35 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 3,931 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 28.

As of Feb. 28, 32,856 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 12,845 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 214,939 tests. There have been 553 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Two people are currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. There are 518 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“As we started to see an increase of cases without a clear source of infection, we asked Nova Scotians to do their part and book a COVID-19 test, even if they were asymptomatic,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Nova Scotians responded to the call and we saw an overwhelming amount of uptake in testing over the weekend at both the primary assessment centres and the pop-up clinics.”

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ , by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to March 7, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

February 26    10:30 PM

As of today, Feb. 26, Nova Scotia has 35 active cases of COVID-19. Ten new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update.

They announced that, with rising cases, tighter restrictions will return in areas of HRM up to and including Porters Lake, as well as the communities of Enfield, Elmsdale, Lantz, Mount Uniacke and Hubbards. See the full list of communities or look up an address to find out what restrictions apply in that area.

Restrictions are effective 8 a.m. on Saturday, February 27 until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 26, with an extension possible. Read the news release in English or French and see the attached FAQ for more information.

Definitions have changed for rotational and specialized workers. Both can only be people who work within Canada. All international workers are subject to isolation and testing requirements in the federal Quarantine Act. Rotational and specialized workers must get tested up to 3 times while they are in Nova Scotia. See more in the rotational worker directive and factsheet and the specialized worker directive.

A new child custody protocol details isolation and testing requirements for visits and direction for situations where a parent or child has symptoms or a positive test result.

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COVID-19 Testing

Everyone should get tested regularly for COVID-19. Even if you have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, you should get tested.

Book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Rapid testing is available without appointment at pop-up sites for people who are 16 or older and have no symptoms.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing. Only call 811 if you can’t book a test online.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Ten New Cases of COVID-19

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Ten new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, Feb. 26.

Nine cases are in Central Zone. Five are close contacts of previously reported cases. Three are under investigation. The other case is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The person is self-isolating, as required.

One case is in Eastern Zone and is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The person is self-isolating, as required.

As of today, Feb. 26, Nova Scotia has 35 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,797 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 25.

As of Feb. 25, 32,019 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 12,105 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

There were 1,870 tests administered between Feb. 19 and 25 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Halifax, St. Peter’s, New Minas, Port Hawkesbury and Eastern Passage.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 202,939 tests. There have been 545 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Five hundred and ten cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ , by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to March 7, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

February 25    10:00 PM

As of today, Feb. 25, Nova Scotia has 27 active cases of COVID-19. Eight new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update Friday, February 26, at 1:00 p.m.

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COVID-19 Testing

Everyone should get tested regularly for COVID-19. Even if you have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, you should get tested.

Book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Rapid testing is available without appointment at pop-up sites for people who are 16 or older and have no symptoms.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing. Only call 811 if you can’t book a test online.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Eight New Cases of COVID-19

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Eight new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, Feb. 25.

Seven cases are in Central Zone. Four are close contacts of previously reported cases. The other three cases are under investigation.

One case is in Eastern Zone and is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.

“You can see from today’s numbers that the cases are ticking up. And so, let me remind all Nova Scotians of the importance of testing. It’s key for detecting cases early on and limiting the spread of COVID-19,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “I encourage you, even if you don’t have symptoms, to book an appointment at one of the primary assessment centres or drop into a pop-up testing site.”

As of today, Feb. 25, Nova Scotia has 27 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,969 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 24.

As of Feb. 24, 30,748 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 11,766 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 200,142 tests. There have been 535 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Five hundred and eight cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“We have recently started to see new cases with no clear link to travel or a known case. This is increasingly concerning as our case numbers are creeping up,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “I want to remind people of the importance of following all the public health measures, as well as keeping your social circles small and consistent. If you do have several close contacts, consider making testing part of your regular COVID-19 prevention measures.”

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to March 7, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

February 24    6:30 PM

As of today, Feb. 24, Nova Scotia has 21 active cases of COVID-19. Three new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update.

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COVID-19 Testing

Everyone should get tested regularly for COVID-19. Even if you have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, you should get tested.

Book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Rapid testing is available without appointment at pop-up sites for people who are 16 or older and have no symptoms.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing. Only call 811 if you can’t book a test online.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Three New Cases of COVID-19

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Three new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, Feb. 24.

The cases are in Central Zone. One is a close contact of a previously reported case. The other two cases are under investigation.

As of today, Feb. 24, Nova Scotia has 21 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,754 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 23.

As of Feb. 23, 29,237 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 11,658 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 197,168 tests. There have been 527 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Five hundred and six cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ , by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to March 7, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

February 23    5:00 PM

As of today, Feb. 23, Nova Scotia has 20 active cases of COVID-19. Three new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update Wednesday, February 24, at 3:00 p.m.

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COVID-19 Testing

Everyone should get tested regularly for COVID-19. Even if you have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, you should get tested.

Book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Rapid testing is available without appointment at pop-up sites for people who are 16 or older and have no symptoms.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing. Only call 811 if you can’t book a test online.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Three New Cases And Additional UK Variants Detected

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Three new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today.

One case is in Western Zone and is currently under investigation.

Two cases are in Central Zone. One is related to travel within Atlantic Canada. The person is self-isolating, as required. The other case is a close contact of a previously reported travel case.

Unrelated to those cases, three more cases of the UK variant, formally called B.1.1.7, have been identified by the National Microbiology Lab today. Two cases are in Central Zone and travelled together. The other case is in Western Zone and is not connected to the pair who travelled. The people were tested earlier this month and are self-isolating. The three cases are being reinvestigated. This brings the total number of cases of the UK variant in Nova Scotia to six.

“This reminds us again why we must remain vigilant. COVID-19 will continue to be the most important health issue facing Nova Scotia in 2021 and I’m looking forward to working closely with Dr. Strang and his team,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “I will continue to support the province’s solid public health response to this pandemic and ensure a transparent vaccine roll-out.”

As of today, Feb. 23, Nova Scotia has 20 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,560 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 22.

As of Feb. 22, 27,966 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 11,532 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 194,414 tests. There have been 524 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Five hundred and four cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“With more variants identified in the province, I want to thank Nova Scotians for their continued efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “The best way to protect one another is by following all public health measures – wear a mask, wash your hands, maintain physical distance, adhere to the gathering limits and stay home if you are feeling unwell.”

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ , by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to March 7, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

February 22    5:00 PM

As of today, Feb. 22, Nova Scotia has 19 active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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COVID-19 Testing

Everyone should get tested regularly for COVID-19. Even if you have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, you should get tested.

Book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Rapid testing is available without appointment at pop-up sites for people who are 16 or older and have no symptoms.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing. Only call 811 if you can’t book a test online.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–One New Case of COVID-19

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As of today, Feb. 22, Nova Scotia has 19 active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today.

The case is in Central Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

“Today marks an important step in our vaccine rollout with the first community clinic for people age 80 and older,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I know we are all looking forward to seeing clinics across the province in the coming weeks and months. I thank Nova Scotians for their patience while waiting for the vaccine, and for keeping one another safe by following public health measures.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,510 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 21.

As of Feb. 21, 27,521 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 11,533 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 192,854 tests. There have been 521 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Five hundred and two cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“Our first community clinic opened today at the IWK Health Centre and we will see more community clinics opening in the coming weeks in other areas of the province,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We continue to prioritize vaccinations for those who are most vulnerable and at highest risk.”

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ , by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directive – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to March 7, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

February 18    5:00 PM

As of today, Feb. 18, Nova Scotia has 13 active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update Friday, February 19, at 1:00 p.m.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–One New Case of COVID-19

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As of today, Feb. 18, Nova Scotia has 13 active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today.

The case is in Western Zone and is currently under investigation.

The case in Central Zone connected to Beaver Bank-Monarch Drive Elementary School in Halifax Regional Municipality that was reported last evening, Feb. 17, will appear on the data website and dashboard today because it was identified after yesterday’s cut-off for reporting. The person is a close contact of a previously reported case.

The public health mobile units will be at the Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre, 1583 Beaver Bank Rd. today, Feb. 18, and Friday, Feb. 19 to work closely with the families and staff of the Beaver Bank-Monarch Drive Elementary School. On Saturday, Feb. 20 from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. they will be conducting community-based testing. Anyone can drop in or book an appointment online.

Nova Scotia Health Authority recently issued an exposure notification for the New Minas area. Anyone who was in those areas is being encouraged to book an appointment for a COVID-19 test.

“The virus is still in our province so we all need to continue following public health protocols,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We know the virus wants to spread, but we can keep it contained and protect each other if we wear masks, wash our hands, physically distance and keep following all the other COVID-19 safety measures.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,547 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 17.

As of Feb. 17, 25,032 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 9,782 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 185,684 tests. There have been 513 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Five hundred cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“We must stay the course and continue our cautious and vigilant approach to preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “I want to remind Nova Scotians that basic prevention steps work, so those seemingly small COVID-19 safety measures are what is keeping our family, friends, community, health-care and other essential workers safe.”

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ , by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 21, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

February 17    5:00 PM

As of today, Feb. 17, Nova Scotia has 14 active cases of COVID-19. Three new cases are being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Three New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Feb. 17, Nova Scotia has 14 active cases of COVID-19. Three new cases are being reported today.

The three cases are in Central Zone. One case is related to travel to New Brunswick. The person is self-isolating, as required. The other two cases are under investigation, as more information needs to be gathered.

“Six cases over two days is a low number, but it is the most cases we have seen on consecutive days in close to a month. It is a reminder that COVID-19 is still here, with active cases in every health zone in our province, and that is why we cannot let complacency set in,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Our public health teams are working hard to contain the virus and we can support them by following all the public health protocols.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 922 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 16.

As of Feb. 16, 24,049 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 8,830 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 184,135 tests. There have been 511 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and ninety-seven cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“As we’ve seen in other provinces, the situation can change rapidly. We must continue to remain vigilant and follow public health protocols,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “When you wash your hands, wear a mask, keep physical distance, stay home when you’re sick, isolate when required, and get tested regularly, you are preventing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping yourself, your loved ones and your community safe.”

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ , by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 21, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

February 16     4:30 PM

As of today, Feb. 16, Nova Scotia has 12 active cases of COVID-19. Three new cases are being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing and vaccine update

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update.

Dr. Strang provided an update on vaccination during the media briefing. Four healthcare worker clinics are running this week in Halifax, Truro, Kentville and Cape Breton. The final three healthcare worker clinics will be set up and ready to receive product later this week in Antigonish, South Shore and Cumberland.

Vaccine was delivered to eight long-term care facilities last week and two more will receive vaccine this week. In long-term care, clinics are running in multiple locations this week.

Booking opened today for the prototype clinic for Nova Scotians 80 and older at the IWK Health Centre. Those receiving an invitation to book an appointment are being selected randomly by postal code within an hour distance of the clinic’s site. The clinic will run for four days starting February 22.

Vaccine data is reported on the data dashboard. Data on doses administered is updated daily. Vaccine supply and other details are updated every Tuesday.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Three New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Feb. 16, Nova Scotia has 12 active cases of COVID-19. Three new cases are being reported today.

One case is in Western Zone and the other two cases are in Central Zone. All cases are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,381 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 15.

As of Feb. 15, 23,140 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 8,225 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 183,213 tests. There have been 508 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and ninety-six cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ , by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 21, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

February 12    5:00 PM

As of today, Feb. 12, Nova Scotia has nine active cases of COVID-19. No new cases are being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–No New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Feb. 12, Nova Scotia has nine active cases of COVID-19. No new cases are being reported today.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,999 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 11.

There were 1,006 tests administered between Feb. 5 and 11 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Amherst, Cole Harbour, Halifax and Tantallon.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 177,461 tests. There have been 501 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and ninety-two cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

As of Feb. 11, 22,343 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 7,498 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have had a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ , by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 21, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

February 11     4:30 PM

As of today, Feb. 11, Nova Scotia has 11 active cases of COVID-19. Two new cases are being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update Friday, February 12, at 1:00 p.m.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Two New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Feb. 11, Nova Scotia has 11 active cases of COVID-19. Two new cases are being reported today.

Both cases are in Central Zone and related to previously reported cases. Both people are self-isolating, as required.

“Yesterday’s news of two more cases of a COVID-19 variant being in our province last month is yet another reminder that we must remain vigilant in the battle against the virus,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Following all the public health protocols is the way we can protect each other and keep our case numbers low.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,488 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 10.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 175,462 tests. There have been 501 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and ninety cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

As of Feb. 10, 21,032 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 6,272 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“Outbreaks in neighbouring provinces are a reminder of how quickly COVID-19 can take hold and spread,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Only you can prevent this from happening here. Please continue to be vigilant and follow public health measures to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community.”

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have had several social interactions, even within their own social circles. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ , by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 21, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

February 11     4:30 PM

As of today, Feb. 11, Nova Scotia has 11 active cases of COVID-19. Two new cases are being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update Friday, February 12, at 1:00 p.m.

—————————————————————-
COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Two New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Feb. 11, Nova Scotia has 11 active cases of COVID-19. Two new cases are being reported today.

Both cases are in Central Zone and related to previously reported cases. Both people are self-isolating, as required.

“Yesterday’s news of two more cases of a COVID-19 variant being in our province last month is yet another reminder that we must remain vigilant in the battle against the virus,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Following all the public health protocols is the way we can protect each other and keep our case numbers low.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,488 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 10.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 175,462 tests. There have been 501 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and ninety cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

As of Feb. 10, 21,032 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 6,272 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“Outbreaks in neighbouring provinces are a reminder of how quickly COVID-19 can take hold and spread,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Only you can prevent this from happening here. Please continue to be vigilant and follow public health measures to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community.”

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have had several social interactions, even within their own social circles. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ , by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 21, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

February 10     3:30 PM

As of today, Feb. 10, Nova Scotia has nine active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–One New Case of COVID-19

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As of today, Feb. 10, Nova Scotia has nine active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today.

The case is in Central Zone and is related to a previously reported case. The person is self-isolating, as required.

“I am proud of the work Nova Scotians are doing to keep our case numbers low,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We know the virus is always looking for a chance to spread. Nova Scotians are shutting down those opportunities and I thank everyone for following the public health measures that are in place and protecting each other.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,253 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 9.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 173,931 tests. There have been 499 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and ninety cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

As of Feb. 9, 20,013 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 5,900 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“It is not by accident that COVID-19 activity across our province is low. Our comprehensive approach of quarantining, testing, follow-up of cases and the efforts of every Nova Scotian is keeping us safe,” said Dr Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We know how quickly that can change. Now is not the time to let our guard down. Continue to wear a mask, limit social contacts, practise social distancing, adhere to the gathering limit, stay home if you feel unwell and wash your hands.”

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have had several social interactions, even within their own social circles. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/, by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 21, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

February 9     9:00 PM

As of today, Feb. 9, Nova Scotia has nine active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

They announced that, due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia is tightening border controls. Starting February 10 at 8 a.m., people entering Nova Scotia from Newfoundland and Labrador must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form before arriving and self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. This includes Nova Scotians returning home. Read the news release in English or French.

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Vaccine update

Dr. Strang provided an update on vaccination during the media briefing. Four clinics for healthcare worker are running this week in Halifax, Truro, Kentville and Yarmouth. Four more long-term care facilities will receive their vaccine this week. Second dose clinics for some long-term care facilities will also start this week.

The first prototype community clinic (announced last week) will immunize 500 Nova Scotians who are 80 and older. These Nova Scotians have been randomly selected by postal codes within an hour distance of the clinic site. They will receive a letter from Medavie this week with details about the clinic and how to book appointments. The clinic will take place at IWK and run for four days, starting February 22.

Government is establishing prototype clinics in pharmacy settings and Mi’kmaw communities. Four initial pharmacy prototype clinics will begin in early March in Halifax, Cumberland, Shelburne and Inverness counties. Government is working with Mi’kmaw communities to run their own prototype clinics in health centres and government will provide logistics, vaccine and other materials for them. More details will be provided in the coming weeks.

Vaccine data is reported on the data dashboard. Data on doses administered is updated daily. Vaccine supply and other details are updated every Tuesday.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

—————————————————————-
Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–One New Case of COVID-19

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As of today, Feb. 9, Nova Scotia has nine active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today.

The case is in Central Zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The person is self-isolating, as required.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,741 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 8.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 172,678 tests. There have been 498 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and eighty-nine cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

The hospitalization data on the dashboard has been revised to reflect updated data in Panorama.

As of Feb. 8, 18,826 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 5,642 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have had several social interactions, even within their own social circles. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/, by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 21, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

February 8     4:30 PM

As of today, Feb. 8, Nova Scotia has eight active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update Tuesday, February 9, at 3:00 p.m.

—————————————————————-
COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

—————————————————————-
Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–One New Case of COVID-19

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As of today, Feb. 8, Nova Scotia has eight active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today.

The case is in Central Zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The person is self-isolating, as required.

“Because of Nova Scotians’ hard work and sacrifice to keep the virus contained, today we are able to ease some restrictions,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I ask everyone to respect the new rules and continue following all of the public health practices that have got us to where we are today.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 953 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 7.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 170,937 tests. There have been 497 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and eighty-nine cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

As of Feb. 7, 18,219 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 5,134 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“Just because we are easing restrictions does not mean we can start to be complacent,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We know how easily the virus can spread, so we must continue to follow all of the public health measures – wear a mask, limit social contacts, practise social distancing, adhere to the gathering limit, stay home if you feel unwell and wash your hands.”

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have had several social interactions, even within their own social circles. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/, by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 21, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

 

February 5     7:30 PM

As of today, Feb. 5, Nova Scotia has eight active cases of COVID-19. No new cases are being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing and restrictions update

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

Restrictions will be eased starting February 8 to allow most gatherings and events. There are some new conditions for them. Read the news release in English or French and see the attached FAQs for more information.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–No New Cases of COVID-19, State of Emergency Renewed

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As of today, Feb. 5, Nova Scotia has eight active cases of COVID-19. No new cases are being reported today.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,681 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 4.

There were 686 tests administered between Jan. 29- Feb. 4 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Antigonish, Halifax and Truro.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 167,755 tests. There have been 495 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Two people are currently in hospital, including one in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and eighty-seven cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

As of Feb. 4, 17,295 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 4,681 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have had several social interactions, even within their own social circles. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/, by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting.

The province is renewing the state of emergency to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians and ensure safety measures and other important actions can continue. The order will take effect at noon Sunday, Feb. 7 and extend to noon Sunday, Feb. 21, unless government terminates or extends it.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 21, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

February 4     3:30 PM

As of today, Feb. 4, Nova Scotia has 10 active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update Friday, February 5, at 1:00 p.m.

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Vaccine

Further to yesterdays update on vaccination rollout, updated FAQs are attached.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and [Search%20Results]@nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–One New Case of COVID-19

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As of today, Feb. 4, Nova Scotia has 10 active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today.

The case is in Central Zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The person is self-isolating, as required.

“Nova Scotians can be proud of the work they’re doing to keep our case numbers low,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “It shows people are taking the health of their fellow citizens seriously. I encourage everyone to continue following public health guidelines to keep the virus contained.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 854 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 3.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 166,074 tests. There have been 495 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Two people are currently in hospital, including one in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and eighty-five cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

As of Feb. 3, 16,448 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 4,046 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“As we are seeing low case numbers, we are also noticing fewer people taking advantage of our asymptomatic testing, but we need people to continue getting tested,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health. “I want to encourage everyone, especially people with a high number of contacts, to make asymptomatic testing part of their regular routine. Testing is one way to stop COVID-19 before it has a chance to spread.”

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have had several social interactions, even within their own social circles. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/, by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 7, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

 

February 3     4:30 PM

As of today, Feb. 3, Nova Scotia has 11 active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing and vaccine update

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

Dr. Strang provided an update on vaccination. He noted that age will be the primary factor in determining who gets vaccinated and when in the general population. This is because age is the greatest risk factor for severe illness and death from COVID-19. An age-based approach is also the fastest and simplest way to vaccinate people.

There are still key groups identified for vaccination in Phase 1 and Phase 2. See the news release in English or French for more details.

The first community-based clinic for Nova Scotians who are 80 and older will be February 22 in Halifax. Nine more are planned in March for people in this age group in Halifax Regional Municipality, Truro, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Kentville, Yarmouth, Antigonish, Amherst and Bridgewater

Once this age group has been vaccinated, the rollout will continue in declining five-year age blocks (75-79 year olds, 70-74 year olds, etc) until all Nova Scotians are vaccinated.

Vaccine data is reported on the data dashboard. Data on doses administered is updated daily. Vaccine supply and other details are updated every Tuesday.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and [Search%20Results]@nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–One New Case of COVID-19

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As of today, Feb. 3, Nova Scotia has 11 active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today.

The case is in Central Zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The person is self-isolating, as required.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,617 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 2.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 165,214 tests. There have been 494 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Two people are currently in hospital, including one in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and eighty-three cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

As of Feb. 2, 15,837 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 3,457 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have had several social interactions, even within their own social circles. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/, by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 7, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

February 2     4:30 PM

As of today, Feb. 2, Nova Scotia has 10 active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update Wednesday, February 3, at 3:00 p.m.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and [Search%20Results]@nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–One New Case of COVID-19

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As of today, Feb. 2, Nova Scotia has 10 active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today.

The case is in Central Zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The person is self-isolating, as required.

“The low number of cases we have been seeing is a reflection of the hard work put in by Nova Scotians, and we can’t stop now,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We must continue our efforts to contain the virus by following public health protocols as we roll out the vaccine.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 919 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 1.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 163,597 tests. There have been 493 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Two people are currently in hospital, including one in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and eighty-three cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

As of Feb. 1, 15,165 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,954 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“As we continue to see low case numbers, I want to thank people for remaining vigilant and continuing to follow the public health measures,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We can limit the spread of the virus by continuing to wear a mask, limit social contacts, maintain physical distance, wash our hands and stay home if feeling unwell.”

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have had several social interactions, even within their own social circles. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/, by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 7, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 29     4:30 PM

As of today, Jan. 29, Nova Scotia has 9 active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

They announced that 60 (up from 50) people can participate in sports practices, training and games and arts and culture rehearsals and classes. See more in the updated FAQ attached.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–One New Case of COVID-19

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As of today, Jan. 29, Nova Scotia has 9 active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today.

The case is in Eastern Zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The person is self-isolating, as required.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,588 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 28.

There were 533 tests administered between January 22 to 28 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Halifax and Sydney.

As of Jan. 28, 14,589 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,714 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 158,872 tests. There have been 488 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and seventy-nine cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 7, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 28     4:30 PM

As of today, Jan. 28, Nova Scotia has 11 active cases of COVID-19. No new cases are being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update Friday, January 29, at 1:00 p.m.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–No New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Jan. 28, Nova Scotia has 11 active cases of COVID-19. No new cases are being reported today.

“We wouldn’t be where we are today without the co-operation and willingness of Nova Scotians to follow the public health protocols,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I thank everyone for their patience in abiding by the restrictions we have in place to protect each other’s health, and for the collective effort to contain the virus.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,763 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 27.

As of Jan. 27, 13,504 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,709 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 157,284 tests. There have been 487 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and seventy-six cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“It is evident that people are taking our public health protocols seriously as we continue to see low numbers of new cases,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Let’s keep up the good work and continue to follow all of the public health measures.”

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 7, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 27     4:30 PM

 

As of today, Jan. 27, Nova Scotia has 12 active cases of COVID-19. Four new cases are being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Arts and culture grants

In November, government announced $2.1 million in one-time grant funding for arts and culture organizations impacted by the pandemic. Grants for 89 organizations were announced today to help them adapt and maintain their operations through this difficult time. Read the news release.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Four New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Jan. 27, Nova Scotia has 12 active cases of COVID-19. Four new cases are being reported today.

Two cases are in Central Zone and the other two cases are in Eastern Zone. All cases are close contacts of previously reported cases.

“The virus is still here and we know it is always looking for an opportunity to spread,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “That’s why we are being cautious, keeping restrictions in place and encouraging everyone to continue following all of the public health protocols.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,516 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 26.

As of Jan. 26, 12,286 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,709 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 155,517 tests. There have been 487 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and seventy-five cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“We’ve been seeing low case numbers the past few days, which indicates that our public health measures are working,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Continue to do your part by wearing a mask, limiting social contacts, practising social distancing, adhering to the gathering limit, staying home if you feel unwell and washing your hands.”

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 7, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 26     5:00 PM

 

As of today, Jan. 26, Nova Scotia has 11 active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing and vaccine update

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

Dr. Strang provided an update on Nova Scotia’s 30-day vaccine rollout plan. As of Jan. 25, 11,622 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,708 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Vaccine data is reported on the data dashboard accessible via https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/. Data on doses administered is update daily. Vaccine supply and other details are updated every Tuesday.

Over the next three months, efforts are focusing on vaccine delivery to healthcare workers directly involved in patient care, as well as staff, residents and designated caregivers in long-term care and residential care facilities.

This week, healthcare worker clinics are running in Halifax, Sydney, Kentville and Truro. Progress is also being made in long-term care facilities. Vaccination is complete at Northwood Halifax and Bedford campuses, Harbourstone Enhanced Care, and Oceanview Continuing Care Centre. Parkstone Enhanced Care is 98% complete, and will finish this week. By Thursday of this week, an additional seven long-term care facilities across the province will have vaccine to start their immunization programs.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–One New Case of COVID-19

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As of today, Jan. 26, Nova Scotia has 11 active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today.

The case is in Central Zone and is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The person is self-isolating, as required.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,592 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 25.

As of Jan. 25, 11,622 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,708 Nova Scotians have received their second dose. Starting today, Jan. 26, additional information on vaccinations and vaccine supply will be reported weekly at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 154,002 tests. There have been 483 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and seventy-two cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 7, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 25     5:00 PM

 

Nova Scotia has 15 active cases of COVID-19. No new cases are being reported today, Jan. 25. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update Tuesday, January 26 at 3:00 p.m.

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Meetings

Several groups have recently asked about the number of people who can attend meetings and training. The gathering limit of 10 applies to meetings and training, with physical distancing and no matter how big the space is.

Although some people such as first responders are exempt from the gathering limit when necessary to carry out the duties of their work, the limit of 10 for meetings and training applies to them. This has been the case since December 21.

While some people are exempt from physical distancing to carry out the duties of their work, they are only exempt from physical distancing in training when it is necessary for that specific aspect of their training.

In the new version of the public health order dated January 23, a provision was added to allow support groups meetings for mental health and addictions to have 25 people with physical distancing. The FAQ on restrictions attached has been updated to reflect this provision.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–No New Cases of COVID-19

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NOTE: An error was made in yesterday’s daily case release regarding the number of resolved cases since Oct. 1. As of Jan. 24, the correct number of resolved cases since Oct. 1 was 463, not 466 as reported.

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Nova Scotia has 15 active cases of COVID-19. No new cases are being reported today, Jan. 25.

“Coming out of a weekend with just one new case is something all Nova Scotians can be proud of,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I thank everyone for their work in keeping our case numbers low. We can keep them low if we continue following all the public health protocols.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 837 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 24.

As of Jan. 24, 11,083 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,708 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 152,410 tests. There have been 482 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and sixty-seven cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“Another day where no new cases have been identified is a step in the right direction,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “I worry that people will see no new cases and think they no longer need to follow the public health measures. Let’s work to keep our numbers low by remaining vigilant – wear a mask, limit social contacts, practise social distancing, adhere to the gathering limit, stay home if you feel unwell and wash your hands.”

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available on https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 7, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 22     5:30 PM

 

Four new cases of COVID-19 are being reported today, Jan. 22. Nova Scotia has 22 active cases. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

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Restrictions update

Most restrictions are remaining in effect until at least February 7. Some restrictions, mainly for sports and arts and culture organizations, will be eased starting January 25. Read the news release in English or French. See updated restrictions FAQs and FAQs on sports attached.

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Nova Scotia-New Brunswick travel protocol

A new Nova Scotia-New Brunswick travel protocol has been established specifically for people traveling between these two provinces. Updated travel FAQs reflect the new protocol.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Four New Cases of COVID-19, Variant Cases Identified, State of Emergency Renewed

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Four new cases of COVID-19 are being reported today, Jan. 22. Nova Scotia has 22 active cases.

One case is in Central Zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The person is self-isolating, as required.

Two cases are in Western Zone and are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. Both people are self-isolating, as required. One of the cases is a student at Acadia University in Wolfville. The student had completed the required 14-day self-isolation but tested positive shortly afterward and is self-isolating again.

One case is in Northern Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

One of the cases reported Thursday, Jan. 21 in Northern Zone is connected to École acadienne de Truro, a pre-primary to Grade 12 school in Truro. Although the case was reported yesterday, because it came in after yesterday’s cut-off for reporting, it will appear on the data website and dashboard as one of the cases being reported today.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,450 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 21. The lab confirmed today that the National Microbiology Lab identified two variant cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, one UK and one South African variant, tested in December. Both of the cases were related to travel outside of Canada and were reported in Central Zone.

As part of ongoing surveillance, Nova Scotia has been submitting samples to the National Microbiology Laboratory for sequencing since the first wave of the pandemic. The province has submitted all the positive samples from the first wave for sequencing and there were none that were of the UK or South African variant. Samples will continue to be submitted for sequencing as necessary based on case information.

As of Jan. 21, 10,575 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,705 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

There were 918 tests administered between Jan. 15 and 21 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Halifax, Bridgewater, Wolfville and Millbrook.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 149,042 tests. There have been 481 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and fifty-nine cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

The province is renewing the state of emergency to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians and ensure safety measures and other important actions can continue. The order will take effect at noon Sunday, Jan. 24 and extend to noon Sunday, Feb. 7, unless government terminates or extends it.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available on https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 7, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 20     3:00 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 23 actives case of COVID-19. There were 3 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and [Search%20Results]@nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Three New Cases of COVID-19
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As of today, Jan. 20, Nova Scotia has 23 active cases of COVID-19. Three new cases are being reported today.One case is in Northern Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.One case is in Central Zone and is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.The other case is in Eastern Zone and works on the Marine Atlantic ferry. This case is currently under investigation by public health in close collaboration with Marine Atlantic, as well as public health in Newfoundland and Labrador.”Thanks to the sacrifices of all Nova Scotians, we are managing to control the spread of the virus,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We can be proud of our efforts, but we cannot become complacent. We need to continue following all the public health protocols.”Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,685 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 19.As of Jan. 19, 9,175 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,507 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 146,003 tests. There have been 475 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and fifty-two cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.”We are reporting another day where the new case numbers are in the single digits but the virus is still in the province,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We must continue to follow the public health measures – wear a mask, limit social contacts, practise social distancing, adhere to the gathering limit, stay home if you feel unwell and wash your hands.”Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit  https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/  to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.Visit  https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/  to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:
— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)Or:
Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
— sore throat
— runny nose/nasal congestion
— headache
— shortness of breath/difficulty breathingCall 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practice good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at  https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus  .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at  https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia  .

Quick Facts:
— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available on  https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/
— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 24, 2021
— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at  https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:
Government of Canada:  https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit  https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 19     5:00 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 22 actives case of COVID-19. There were 4 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

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Vaccine update

Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues to expand this week with clinics at two more long-term care facilities and another regional hospital. Read the news release in English or French.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Four New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Jan. 19, Nova Scotia has 22 active cases of COVID-19. Four new cases are being reported today.

One case is in Northern Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

The other three cases are in Central Zone and are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required. One of the cases is a student who virtually attends two Nova Scotia universities. The student lives off-campus.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,016 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 18.

As of Jan. 18, 8,520 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,215 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 144,318 tests. There have been 472 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and fifty cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available on https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 24, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 18      3:12 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 25 actives case of COVID-19. There were no new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

News releases announcing cases on the weekend are available:
Saturday, January 16 –English and French
Sunday, January 17 – English and French

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–No New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Jan. 18, Nova Scotia has 25 active cases of COVID-19. No new cases are being reported today.

One of the cases reported on Sunday, Jan. 17 in Eastern Zone was tested in Nova Scotia, but is a resident of another province or territory and is therefore being removed from our cumulative provincial data. The person has been self-isolating as required.

“I want to thank all Nova Scotians for their hard work in keeping our case numbers low,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I also want to remind everyone that we can’t let our guard down. We still have provincewide restrictions in place, and we will be providing an update on them by the end of the week. Let’s continue to protect the health of each other by following all the public health protocols.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,079 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 17.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 142,302 tests. There have been 468 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and forty-three cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“This is the second day since the new year that we are reporting no new cases of COVID-19,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “I am pleased to see this, but it is not a sign that the virus is no longer in our province. We must continue to follow all the public health measures as we work to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 24, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 15     3:45 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 32 actives case of COVID-19. There were 2 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Two New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Jan. 15, Nova Scotia has 32 active cases of COVID-19. Two new cases are being reported today.

One case is in Northern Zone and the other case is in Central Zone. Both cases are close contacts of previously reported cases.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,010 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 14.

There were 808 tests administered between Jan. 8 and 14 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Halifax, Sackville and Yarmouth.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 137,534 tests. There have been 461 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and twenty-nine cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 24, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 14     4:15 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 32 actives case of COVID-19. There were 6 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update Friday, January 15 at noon.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

—————————————————————-

Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Six New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Jan. 14, Nova Scotia has 32 active cases of COVID-19. Six new cases are being reported today.

Three of the cases are in Northern Zone and are close contacts of previously reported cases.

Three of the cases are in Central Zone. One of the cases is a close contact of a previously reported case. The other cases are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required. One of the travel-related cases is a student at Dalhousie University in Halifax who lives off campus.

“We are seeing a low number of cases because people are taking our public health protocols and the health of others seriously,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I want to thank everyone for staying vigilant and looking out for one another.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,096 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 13.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 135,524 tests. There have been 459 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and twenty-seven cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“We know how easily the virus can spread when we let our guard down,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Let’s keep up our efforts and ensure we continue to follow the public health measures – wear a mask, limit social contacts, maintain physical distance, wash our hands and stay home if feeling unwell.”

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 24, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 8     5:30 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 29 actives case of COVID-19. There were 2 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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New Brunswick border tightened, restrictions extended

Starting January 9 at 8.m., people entering Nova Scotia from New Brunswick must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form before arriving and self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. See attached FAQs on travel and post-secondary students.

Most restrictions put in place for the holiday season have been extended to January 24. However, retail businesses and malls can operate at 50% (up from 25%) starting January 11. The same day, the Halifax casino, VLTs and First Nations gaming centres that were closed in areas of HRM/Hants County can reopen. See attached FAQs on extended restrictions.

Read the news release in English or French. Updates to our website are in progress.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Two New Cases of COVID-19, State of Emergency Renewed

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As of today, Jan. 8, Nova Scotia has 29 active cases of COVID-19. Two new cases are being reported today.

One case is in Eastern Zone and one case is in Central Zone. Both cases are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,831 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 7.

There were 558 tests administered between Jan 3 and 7 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Halifax.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 124,483 tests. There have been 437 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and eight cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

As of Jan. 4, restaurants and licensed establishments in areas of Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County can reopen for dine-in service. They must follow the provincewide restrictions, including ending service by 10 p.m. and closing by 11 p.m. They can continue takeout and delivery service with no restrictions. The Halifax casino and VLTs remain closed.

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from outside of Atlantic Canada are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day 6, 7, or 8 of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

The province is renewing the state of emergency to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians and ensure safety measures and other important actions can continue. The order will take effect at noon Sunday, Jan. 10 and extend to noon Sunday, Jan. 24, unless government terminates or extends it.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 24, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 7     5:30 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 28 actives case of COVID-19. There were 4 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Vaccine

An updated FAQ on vaccine rollout in Nova Scotia is attached. The website will continue to be updated as there is more information available.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Four New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Jan. 7, Nova Scotia has 28 active cases of COVID-19. Four new cases are being reported today.

Two cases are in Central Zone and are close contacts of previously reported cases.

One case is in Eastern Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

One case is in Northern Zone and is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.

“While the case numbers in our province are encouraging, we are closely monitoring the rise in cases in New Brunswick,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “The situation there is a reminder of how quickly the virus can spread, and also reminds us of the importance of following all the public health protocols.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,467 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 6.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 122,652 tests. There have been 435 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and seven cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“As we continue to see new COVID-19 cases every day, it is apparent that the virus is still in our communities,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We must remain vigilant and do our part by continuing to follow public health guidelines and orders.”

As of Jan. 4, restaurants and licensed establishments in areas of Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County can reopen for dine-in service. They must follow the provincewide restrictions, including ending service by 10 p.m. and closing by 11 p.m. They can continue takeout and delivery service with no restrictions. The Halifax casino and VLTs remain closed.

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from outside of Atlantic Canada are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day 6, 7, or 8 of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 10, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 6     5:15 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 29 actives case of COVID-19. There were 12 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Twelve New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Jan. 6, Nova Scotia has 29 active cases of COVID-19. Twelve new cases are being reported today, Jan. 6.

Two cases are in Western Zone. One case is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The other case is a close contact of a previously reported case.

One case is in Eastern Zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The person is a student at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish. The student lives on campus and has been self-isolating, as required.

Nine cases are in Central Zone. Seven cases are close contacts of previously reported cases. One case is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The other case is under investigation.

One of the cases reported on Jan. 4, which remains under investigation, has been identified as a student at Dalhousie University in Halifax who lives on campus.

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from outside of Atlantic Canada are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day 6, 7, or 8 of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

“I want to welcome returning students and thank them for following public health protocols. I also remind asymptomatic students to get a COVID-19 test during their self-isolation,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Staying vigilant and following all the protective measures will help keep our case numbers low as our vaccine program is rolled out across the province.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,578 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 5.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 121,171 tests. There have been 431 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and two cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“It is crucial that we all do our part to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Together we have the ability to stop the virus from spreading exponentially by limiting social contacts, practising social distancing, wearing a mask, washing our hands and self-isolating when required.”

As of Jan. 4, restaurants and licensed establishments in areas of Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County can reopen for dine-in service. They must follow the provincewide restrictions, including ending service by 10 p.m. and closing by 11 p.m. They can continue takeout and delivery service with no restrictions. The Halifax casino and VLTs remain closed.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 10, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 5     5:00 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 19 actives case of COVID-19. There were 3 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

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Vaccine rollout

 

Nova Scotia is building a strategic, flexible immunization plan with over a million doses of COVID-19 vaccine – enough for more than 500,000 people – expected to arrive in the province over the next six months. Read the new release in English or French.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Three New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Jan. 5, Nova Scotia has 19 active cases of COVID-19. Three new cases are being reported today, Jan. 5.

All of the cases are in Central Zone. One case is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The other two cases are under investigation.

None of the cases reported today, Jan. 5, are connected to Churchill Academy.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,045 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 4.

Nova Scotia will report the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered weekly, starting today. There were 2,720 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered between Dec. 16 and Jan. 2.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 119,593 tests. There have been 419 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

As of Jan. 4, restaurants and licensed establishments in areas of Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County can reopen for dine-in service. They must follow the provincewide restrictions, including ending service by 10 p.m. and closing by 11 p.m. They can continue takeout and delivery service with no restrictions. The Halifax casino and VLTs remain closed.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 10, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 4     4:15 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 27 actives case of COVID-19. There were 6 new cases identified in the past two days. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update Tuesday, January 5 at 3 p.m.

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Holiday restrictions in effect

Additional restrictions continue to be in effect across the province for a 3-week period covering the holidays. Some restrictions are only for areas of HRM/Hants County. You can enter your address to look up which restrictions apply in your community.

Restaurants and licenced establishments in areas of Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County can reopen for dine-in service starting today, January. 4.

They must follow the provincewide restrictions, including ending service by 10 p.m. and closing by 11 p.m. They can continue takeout, delivery and drive-thru service with no restrictions.

The Halifax casino and VLTs remain closed.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

—————————————————————-

Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Six New Cases of COVID-19

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NOTE: On Saturday, Jan. 2, Nova Scotia reported 382 resolved cases of COVID-19 since Oct. 1. As of Jan. 2, the correct number of resolved cases of COVID-19 since Oct. 1 was 383.

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As of today, Jan. 4, Nova Scotia has 27 active cases of COVID-19. Six new cases are being reported from Sunday, Jan. 3 and today, Jan. 4.

On Jan. 3, two cases were reported. One case is in Western Zone and related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The other case is in Eastern Zone and is under investigation.

On Jan. 4, four cases were reported in Central Zone. One case is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada, one case is a close contact of a previously reported case, and the other two cases are under investigation.

None of the cases reported on Jan. 3 and today, Jan. 4 are connected to Churchill Academy. Public health has been in contact with the school community and has arranged testing for all staff and students. The last day of school was Dec. 18 and classes are scheduled to resume Jan. 11.

“I’m pleased that the recent low number of cases in the greater Halifax area means that restaurants can reopen today,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I want to thank the hardworking entrepreneurs in this sector for their patience as we do our best to slow the spread of the virus. I remind all Nova Scotians that following all the public health protocols is the best way to protect each other and also help our economy.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 969 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 2 and 1,077 on Jan. 3.

Since Oct. 1, there have been 416 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Three hundred and eighty-nine cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“I’m encouraged by the numbers we are seeing, but we still haven’t seen the full impact of the holidays,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health. “The way we can keep COVID-19 under control is by remaining cautious and following all the public health measures. Living safely with COVID-19 needs to remain our focus in 2021.”

Restaurants and licensed establishments in areas of Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County can reopen for dine-in service starting today, Jan. 4. They must follow the provincewide restrictions, including ending service by 10 p.m. and closing by 11 p.m. They can continue takeout and delivery service with no restrictions. The Halifax casino and VLTs remain closed.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 10, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

December 31     2:30 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 22 actives case of COVID-19. There were 3 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

This is our last stakeholder update for 2020. We will resume on Monday, January 4. We wish you all a safe, healthy and happy New Year.

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Holiday restrictions in effect

Additional restrictions continue to be in effect across the province for a 3-week period covering the holidays. Some restrictions are only for areas of HRM/Hants County. You can enter your address to look up which restrictions apply in your community.

Restaurants and licenced establishments in areas of Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County can reopen for dine-in service starting January. 4.

They must follow the provincewide restrictions, including ending service by 10 p.m. and closing by 11 p.m. They can continue takeout, delivery and drive-thru service with no restrictions.

The Halifax casino and VLTs remain closed.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Three New Cases of COVID-19, Halifax-Area Restaurants and Licenced Establishments Opening

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As of today, Dec. 31, Nova Scotia has 22 active cases of COVID-19. Three new cases are being reported today.

All three cases are in Central Zone. One is a close contact of a previously reported case and two are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada.

Given low case numbers over the holidays, restaurants and licenced establishments in areas of Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County can reopen for dine-in service starting Jan. 4. They must follow the provincewide restrictions, including ending service by 10 p.m. and closing by 11 p.m. They can continue takeout and delivery service with no restrictions. The Halifax casino and VLTs remain closed.

“Tonight would normally be a time to get together in large groups for a countdown and celebration. We cannot do that this year because we know how important it is to keep our gatherings small and follow all the other public health protocols,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “As you look forward to 2021, remember the strength, kindness and love that got you through this difficult year and carry it over into the new year. We can all have a sense of hope with the COVID-19 vaccines coming online. I wish all Nova Scotians a safe, healthy and happy new year.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,203 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 30. There were 736 tests administered between Dec. 29 and 30 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Halifax.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 113,560 tests. There have been 397 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Three hundred and seventy-five cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“It’s good that our case numbers continue to be relatively low but we can’t let down our guard, especially tonight when many people would normally have a party,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health. “Let’s keep our gatherings small or virtual as we celebrate all we’ve accomplished together in 2020. I wish all Nova Scotians a happy new year and ask for your continued help to accomplish even more in 2021.”

Public health guidance for holidays and celebrations can be found at https://novascotia.ca/protect-yourself-and-others-from-coronavirus/holidays/ .

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 10, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

December 30     3:30 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 25 actives case of COVID-19. There were 3 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Holiday restrictions in effect

Additional restrictions continue to be in effect across the province for a 3-week period covering the holidays. Some restrictions are only for areas of HRM/Hants County. You can enter your address to look up which restrictions apply in your community.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Three New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Dec. 30, Nova Scotia has 25 active cases of COVID-19. Three new cases are being reported today.

All three cases are in Central Zone and are close contacts of previously reported cases.

One of the cases is at Prince Andrew High School and one is at Eric Graves Memorial Junior High School, both in Dartmouth. School communities have been notified directly. The schools are currently closed for the holiday break and will be cleaned again before staff return on Jan. 4.

Contact tracing for all three cases is underway. Everyone who is a close contact will be notified, tested and asked to self-isolate.

“It is encouraging to see case numbers staying low, and I am proud of the effort Nova Scotians are making to follow public health protocols and keep each other safe,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We need to continue to be vigilant over the next number of months. I know we can contain the virus as long as we stay committed to one another and follow the protocols.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,592 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 29.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 111,344 tests. There have been 394 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Three hundred and sixty-one cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“The rest of the holiday season is critical for us and we need Nova Scotians to continue their vigilance with New Year’s celebrations,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health. “Keep your gatherings small with no more than 10 people total. Stick with your family or your regular close social group of 10 as you say goodbye to 2020 and welcome in the new year.”

Public health guidance for holidays and celebrations can be found at https://novascotia.ca/protect-yourself-and-others-from-coronavirus/holidays/ .

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 10, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

December 23     4:23 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 35 actives case of COVID-19. There were 4 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

This is the last stakeholder update until December 29. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update Tuesday, Dec. 29. Time is to be determined.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is available during the holidays and into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Four New Cases of COVID-19, State of Emergency Renewed

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As of today, Dec. 23, Nova Scotia has 35 active cases of COVID-19. Four new cases are being reported today.

Two cases are in Central Zone. One of the cases is a close contact of a previously reported case and the other case is under investigation.

One case is in Western Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

One case is in Eastern Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case. This case is not linked to the case reported in the Eskasoni First Nation community on Dec. 19.

A rapid pop-up testing site was set up in Eskasoni yesterday. There were 130 tests completed and no positive tests identified. The pop-up testing site is also available today. There is no indication of community exposure or spread in Eskasoni at this time.

Two of the cases being reported today are close contacts of previously reported cases in another province or territory. The people are not in Nova Scotia, but since they are Nova Scotia residents, they are included in our cumulative provincial data.

“This holiday season is different as we take the necessary steps to protect each other and contain the virus,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Keeping gatherings small, limiting travel around the province, and following all the other public health guidelines is an essential part of having a safe holiday.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,519 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 22.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 102,913 tests. There have been 369 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Three hundred and thirty-four cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“I want to remind people that across the province the gathering limit is 10, no matter how many people live in your house. And if you do need to travel this holiday season, go from point A to point B without making any unnecessary stops along the way,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Now is not the time to let our guard down. Continue to follow all the public health guidelines as you celebrate this holiday season.”

The province is renewing the state of emergency to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians and ensure safety measures and other important actions can continue. The order will take effect at noon Sunday, Dec. 27 and extend to noon Sunday, Jan. 10, unless government terminates or extends it.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Jan. 10

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

December 22     1:40 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 40 actives case of COVID-19. There were 7 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is available through the holidays and into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Seven New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Dec. 22, Nova Scotia has 40 active cases of COVID-19. Seven new cases are being reported today.

Three of the new cases are in Central Zone and are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required. The other four cases are in Northern Zone and are close contacts of previously reported cases.

“COVID-19 is still here and wants us to let our guard down. But we are not going to let that happen after all the hard work and sacrifice by Nova Scotians,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We will contain the virus over the holiday season by keeping our gatherings small, wearing a mask and following all of the other public health protocols.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,795 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 21.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 101,394 tests. There have been 365 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Three hundred and twenty-five cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“I’m encouraged to see that our case numbers have remained low as we get closer to the holiday season,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Let’s keep up the good work by continuing to follow all the public health measures – adhere to the gathering limits, keep a consistent social group, stay home if you are feeling unwell, wash your hands and self-isolate if required.”

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Dec. 27

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

December 21     5:00 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 38 actives case of COVID-19. There were 2 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

News releases announcing cases on the weekend are available:
Saturday, December 19 – 2 new cases – English and French
Sunday, December 20 – 2 new cases – English and French

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

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Holiday restrictions in effect

Starting today, additional restrictions are in effect across the province for a 3-week period covering the holidays. Some restrictions are only for areas of HRM/Hants County. The restrictions are primarily designed to keep gatherings small and avoid crowds to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Updated FAQs are attached.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Four more COVID-19 vaccine storage sites will be set up across the province this week as Nova Scotia prepares to expand its vaccination program early in the new year. The program takes a phased approach, following the National Advisory Committee on Immunization guidance on COVID-19 vaccine. Read the news release in English or French. See attached FAQs for more information about vaccination.

 

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

—————————————————————-

Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Two New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Dec. 21, Nova Scotia has 38 active cases of COVID-19. Two new cases are being reported today.

One new case is in Central Zone and the other case is in Western Zone. Both cases are close contacts of previously reported cases.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,389 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 20.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 99,599 tests. There have been 358 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Three hundred and twenty cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

New restrictions came into effect today. Most of them apply provincewide. In areas of Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County, restaurants, licensed establishments and the Halifax casino remain closed until Jan. 10. The complete list of restrictions is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restriction-updates/.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Dec. 27

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

December 18     5:00 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 48 actives case of COVID-19. There were 7 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update Monday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Post-secondary students should get one test during their self-isolation when they return to Nova Scotia after the holidays. Rotational workers should get tested twice during their modified self-isolation.

For more information:

News release in English and French

Post-secondary students fact sheet
International post-secondary students fact sheet

Rotational workers fact sheet

Other information about testing

Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Seven New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Dec. 18, Nova Scotia has 48 active cases of COVID-19. Seven new cases are being reported today.

All the new cases are in Central Zone. Five of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases. The other two cases are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required.

“As we head into the last weekend before Christmas, let’s remember that we must stay vigilant to contain the virus,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Following public health guidelines has allowed us to slow the spread, and we need to keep up that good work because we know the virus wants us to let our guard down.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,565 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 17.

There were 1,506 tests administered between Dec. 11-17 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Truro, Antigonish, Sydney, Halifax and Dartmouth.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 95,718 tests. There have been 354 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Three hundred and six cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“As our case numbers decline, we need to continue to limit our social contacts and non-essential travel. Stay home if you are feeling unwell,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “By following all the public health measures, we are protecting one another and slowing the spread of COVID-19.”

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Dec. 27

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

December 16     5:45 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 55 actives case of COVID-19. There were 4 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

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Holiday restrictions

Current restrictions in areas of Halifax/Hants County are extended to December 20. In these areas, restaurants and licensed establishments will remain closed except for takeout and delivery until January 10. The Halifax casino will also remain closed.

Provincewide, holiday restrictions will be in place from December 21 to January 10. For more information, see the attached FAQs and read the news release in English or French.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

People without symptoms are encouraged to get tested. Asymptomatic testing is available for people who:
do not have symptoms
have not travelled outside the Atlantic provinces within the past 14 days
have not visited a potential exposure location
have not been in contact with someone who has tested positive

People in Central Zone can get an asymptomatic test at the Zatzman Sportsplex in Dartmouth without an appointment. In all other zones, the deadline to book an appointment has been extended to December 18. Asymptomatic testing is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

See the NSHA website for more information about testing. Do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Four New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Dec. 16, Nova Scotia has 55 active cases of COVID-19. Four new cases are being reported today.

All cases are in Central Zone. Three of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases. The other case is under investigation.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,232 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 15.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 91,747 tests. There have been 341 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Two hundred and eighty-six cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Dec. 27

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

December 15      4:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 57 actives case of COVID-19. There were 6 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.

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Nova Scotia Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

Nova Scotia received its first allotment of 1,950 doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine today, Dec. 15. Read the news release in English or French and see the attached FAQs for more information.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

People without symptoms are encouraged to get tested. Asymptomatic testing is available for people who:
do not have symptoms
have not travelled outside the Atlantic provinces within the past 14 days
have not visited a potential exposure location
have not been in contact with someone who has tested positive

People in Central Zone can get an asymptomatic test at the Zatzman Sportsplex in Dartmouth without an appointment. In all other zones, the deadline to book an appointment has been extended to December 18.

Asymptomatic testing is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16. See the NSHA website for more information about testing. Do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Six New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Dec. 15, Nova Scotia has 57 active cases of COVID-19. Six new cases are being reported today.

Three cases are in Central Zone. Two cases are in Northern Zone and the other case is in Western Zone. All the new cases are close contacts of previously reported cases.

“The arrival of the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine today in Nova Scotia is a landmark development in the fight against the virus,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We will be following the national guidance around immunizing priority groups first as we receive more shipments of the vaccine over the coming weeks and months.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,612 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 14.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 89,419 tests. There have been 337 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Two hundred and eighty cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“Last week we participated in several exercises to refine our approach to handling, storing and managing the supply of the Pfizer vaccine before it arrived in Nova Scotia,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “These exercises helped to prepare us for the first delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Dec. 27

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

UPDATE to the date and time of media briefing below.

From: COVID19INFO
Sent: December 14, 2020 3:45 PM
To: COVID19INFO <COVID19INFO@novascotia.ca>
Subject: NS Gov COVID-19 Update – December 14

December 14      3:45 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 57 actives case of COVID-19. There were 5 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

News releases announcing cases on the weekend are available:
Saturday, December 12 – 7 new cases – English and French
Sunday, December 13 – 6 new cases – English and French

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

People without symptoms are encouraged to get tested. Asymptomatic testing is available for people who:
do not have symptoms
have not travelled outside the Atlantic provinces within the past 14 days
have not visited a potential exposure location
have not been in contact with someone who has tested positive

People in Central Zone can get an asymptomatic test at the Zatzman Sportsplex in Dartmouth without an appointment. In all other zones, the deadline to book an appointment has been extended to December 18.

See the NSHA website for more information about testing. Do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Province Adds Beds for Homeless in Halifax

The province is taking further steps to address homelessness in Halifax, recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic is making their situation even worse. A total of 40 beds will be added at two new locations in peninsular Halifax. Read the news release.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Five New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Dec. 14, Nova Scotia has 57 active cases of COVID-19. Five new cases are being reported today.

Two cases are in Central Zone. One is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada and is self-isolating as required. The other case is under investigation.

Two cases are in Western Zone and are close contacts of previously reported cases.

One case is in Northern Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

“We will reach a milestone in the battle against COVID-19 this week with the arrival of the first doses of vaccine and the first vaccinations,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This is great news, but it will take time for everyone to get their shots. That means we have to keep following the public health protocols – isolate when required, wear a mask, limit social contacts and travel, practise social distancing, stay home when feeling unwell and wash your hands.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,209 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 13.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 87,807 tests. There have been 331 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Two hundred and seventy-four cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“We are seeing a shift in the epidemiology in our province. Most of our cases are related to travel or are a close contact of a previously reported case,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “This highlights the risk of reintroduction of COVID-19 associated with non-essential travel. As we approach the holiday season, I encourage you to limit social contacts and non-essential travel and continue to follow all the other public health measures.”

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Dec. 27

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

December 14      3:45 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 57 actives case of COVID-19. There were 5 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

News releases announcing cases on the weekend are available:
Saturday, December 12 – 7 new cases – English and French
Sunday, December 13 – 6 new cases – English and French

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m.

———————————–

COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

People without symptoms are encouraged to get tested. Asymptomatic testing is available for people who:
do not have symptoms
have not travelled outside the Atlantic provinces within the past 14 days
have not visited a potential exposure location
have not been in contact with someone who has tested positive

People in Central Zone can get an asymptomatic test at the Zatzman Sportsplex in Dartmouth without an appointment. In all other zones, the deadline to book an appointment has been extended to December 18.

See the NSHA website for more information about testing. Do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Province Adds Beds for Homeless in Halifax

The province is taking further steps to address homelessness in Halifax, recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic is making their situation even worse. A total of 40 beds will be added at two new locations in peninsular Halifax. Read the news release.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Five New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Dec. 14, Nova Scotia has 57 active cases of COVID-19. Five new cases are being reported today.

Two cases are in Central Zone. One is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada and is self-isolating as required. The other case is under investigation.

Two cases are in Western Zone and are close contacts of previously reported cases.

One case is in Northern Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

“We will reach a milestone in the battle against COVID-19 this week with the arrival of the first doses of vaccine and the first vaccinations,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This is great news, but it will take time for everyone to get their shots. That means we have to keep following the public health protocols – isolate when required, wear a mask, limit social contacts and travel, practise social distancing, stay home when feeling unwell and wash your hands.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,209 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 13.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 87,807 tests. There have been 331 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Two hundred and seventy-four cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“We are seeing a shift in the epidemiology in our province. Most of our cases are related to travel or are a close contact of a previously reported case,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “This highlights the risk of reintroduction of COVID-19 associated with non-essential travel. As we approach the holiday season, I encourage you to limit social contacts and non-essential travel and continue to follow all the other public health measures.”

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Dec. 27

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

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December 11      4:45 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 65 actives case of COVID-19. There were 9 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

They announced that Nova Scotia public school students will have an extended holiday break out of an abundance of caution. The last day of classes will be Dec. 18 and classes resume Jan. 11. Read the news release in English or French.

Government is providing the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia with over $1.6 million, to be distributed as grants to organizations provincewide so they can provide more mental health and addictions support to those in need.

The Eden Valley Poultry Inc. processing plant in Berwick will be closed for at least two weeks due to an outbreak of COVID-19. Four cases of the virus have been detected at the plant in the past two days.

Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Nine New Cases of COVID-19, Another School-based Case, State of Emergency Renewed

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As of today, Dec. 11, Nova Scotia has 65 active cases of COVID-19. Nine new cases are being reported today.

Three cases are in Western Zone. Two of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases. The other case is under investigation.

One case is in Northern Zone and is under investigation.

Five of the cases are in Central Zone. Two of the cases are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating as required. One case is a close contact of a previously reported case. One case is under investigation.

Also, a school-based case was identified today, Dec. 11, at Shannon Park Elementary in Dartmouth.

The school has been closed since a previous case was announced and students are now expected to return on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Students will continue to learn from home during the closure and families will receive an update on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

As with any positive case, public health will be in touch with any close contacts of this case and advise of next steps. Everyone who is a close contact will be notified, tested and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,859 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 10.

There were 1,330 tests administered between Dec. 4-10 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Halifax, Wolfville, Bedford and Truro.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 83,565 tests. There have been 313 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 80. Two hundred and forty-eight cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

The province is renewing the state of emergency to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians and ensure safety measures and other important actions can continue. The order will take effect at noon Sunday, Dec. 13 and extend to noon Sunday, Dec. 27, unless government terminates or extends it.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Dec. 27

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

 

December 9      1:15 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 71 actives case of COVID-19. There were 6 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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REMINDER: COVID-19 testing for people with out symptoms is available across the province. Almost anyone can get tested, and we especially encourage testing for people who have a lot of close contact through social activities. See more in the FAQ attached.

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Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Six New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Dec. 9, Nova Scotia has 71 active cases of COVID-19. Six new cases are being reported today.

All new cases are in Central Zone. Four of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases. One is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The individual has been self-isolating as required. The other case is under investigation.

“While the majority of our recent cases are in the Central Zone, we know this virus can easily find its way into other communities,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “It is up to all of us to remain vigilant and continue to follow all the public health measures and restrictions, including limiting social contacts and travel.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,954 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 8.

Nova Scotia will report rapid-testing pop-up numbers weekly, starting this Friday.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 79,869 tests. There have been 300 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 80. Two hundred and twenty-nine cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“I’m pleased to see that the number of cases linked to social gatherings has gone down significantly,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “This is an indication that restrictions are working. We need to continue to follow all the public health measures to ensure that this trend continues as we work to flatten the curve.”

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Dec. 13

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

December 8      5:30 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 78 actives case of COVID-19. There were 7 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

They announced that Nova Scotia will receive its first allotment of 1950 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine next week. Immunization will begin with health-care workers most directly involved in the COVID-19 response in Central Zone, as soon as the vaccine is approved by Health Canada. Read the news release in English or French.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Seven New Cases of COVID-19, Another School-based Case

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As of today, Dec. 8, Nova Scotia has 78 active cases of COVID-19. Seven new cases are being reported today.

Two cases are in Western Zone and are close contacts of previously reported cases.

One case is in Northern Zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The person has been self-isolating as required.

Four cases are in Central Zone. Two are close contacts of previously reported cases. One case is under investigation. The other case is connected to Shannon Park Elementary in Dartmouth.

The person was not in school today and is self-isolating. The school will remain closed to students until Monday, Dec. 14 to allow for deep cleaning, testing and contact tracing. Students will learn from home during the closure.

Students and families of the school will receive an update on the weekend.

As with any positive case, public health will be in touch with any close contacts of this case and advise of next steps. Everyone who is a close contact will be notified, tested and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 840 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 7.

Nova Scotia will report rapid-testing pop-up numbers weekly, starting this Friday.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 77,915 tests. There have been 294 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Two hundred and sixteen cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Dec. 13

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

December 7      5:45 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 90 actives case of COVID-19. There were 8 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

News releases announcing cases on the weekend are available:
Saturday, December 5 – 4 new cases – English and French
Sunday, December 6 – 6 new cases – English and French

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Starting Tuesday, Dec. 8, Nova Scotians around the province with no COVID-19 symptoms can book appointments for testing. It is mainly recommended for people who have a lot of close social interaction through gatherings or many social contacts. Read the news release in English or French.

See the attached FAQ and the NSHA website for more information about testing. Do not call 811 for general information about testing. If you need to book a test, complete the COVID-19 self-assessment. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

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Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Eight New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Dec. 7, Nova Scotia has 90 active cases of COVID-19. Eight new cases were identified Sunday, Dec. 6, including the two school-based cases announced yesterday.

Four of the new cases are in Central Zone. One is the school-based case reported yesterday evening at Ian Forsyth Elementary School in Dartmouth. The other three are close contacts of previously reported cases.

Two cases are in Western Zone. One is the school-based case reported yesterday evening at Berwick and District School. The other case is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada, the person has been self-isolating as required.

The other two cases are in Eastern Zone. One is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada, the person has been self-isolating as required. The other case is under investigation.

“We know this virus wants to spread, but we also know we can contain it if we follow the public health guidance,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “It is crucial that everyone limit non-essential travel, follow the gathering limits in your region, wear a mask, limit social contacts, practice social distancing, stay home when feeling unwell and wash your hands.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,242 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 6.

There were no rapid-testing pop-up sites on Sunday, Dec. 6.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 77,075 tests. There have been 287 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. One hundred and ninety-seven cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“Over the past few days, we have seen a decline in case numbers. While this is good news, it is does not mean that COVID-19 is no longer a risk,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “If we don’t follow all the public health measures, we could easily see a spike in cases.”

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Dec. 13

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

December 4      6:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 117 actives case of COVID-19. There were 15 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

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RESTRICTIONS EXTENDED

Restrictions for areas of HRM/Hants County are extended to at least December 16. Updated FAQs on these restrictions are attached.

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ASYMPTOMATIC TSETING

Testing is now available for people who have no symptoms (asymptomatic). See more information in the FAQ attached.

  • People age 16-35 who do not have symptoms and who’ve been at larger gatherings and/or have social interactions with multiple groups without physical distance are encouraged to get tested.
  • Anyone age 16 or older and not at higher risk of exposure can get tested at a pop-up site.
  • Rotational workers can get tested on day 6, 7 or 8 of their self-isolation. They must complete their 14 days of modified self-isolation, even with a negative test result. The rotational worker directive has been revised to include Nova Scotians who work outside Canada on a rotational basis. See a fact sheet online or attached.

Read the news release in English or French.

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MORE TESTING INFORMATION

The Nova Scotia Health Authority’s website now offers more information about testing – how it works, where people should go for a test (including pop-up sites), and self-isolation requirements. You can also follow @nsgov on Twitter or Instagram for pop-up locations.

Do not call 811 for general information about testing. If you need to book a test, complete the COVID-19 self-assessment. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Fifteen New Cases of COVID-19, Another School-based Case

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As of today, Dec. 4, Nova Scotia has 117 active cases of COVID-19. Fifteen new cases were identified Thursday, Dec. 3.

Eleven of the new cases are in Central Zone, including the case connected to Citadel High School, in Halifax, that was reported yesterday afternoon. Three cases are in Northern Zone and are close contacts of previously reported cases. The other case is in Western Zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada.

There is also a new case, identified today, at Park West School, a primary to Grade 9 school in Central Zone.

The person was not in school today and is self-isolating. The school will remain closed to students until Thursday, Dec. 10. A deep cleaning will take place, and students will learn from home during the closure. As a precautionary measure, the offsite Park West pre-primary location will also be closed until Dec. 10.

Students and families of both the school and pre-primary will receive an update Wednesday, December 9.

As with any positive case, public health will be in touch with any close contacts of this case and advise of next steps. Everyone who is a close contact will be notified, tested and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,623 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 3.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 73,254 tests. There have been 269 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. One hundred and fifty-two cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

We will now be reporting the total number of completed tests, rather than the number of negative tests. The total number of completed tests includes both positive and negative tests. This is not the number of individuals that have been tested, but rather the number of completed tests. If a person has been tested for COVID-19 four times, their four tests will be included in the total number of completed tests.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Dec. 13

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

 

December 3      5:15 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 119 actives case of COVID-19. There were 11 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update on Friday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m.

Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Eleven New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Dec. 3, Nova Scotia has 119 active cases of COVID-19. Eleven new cases were identified Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Nine of the new cases are in Central Zone. The other two cases are in Northern Zone.

“As we get closer to another weekend under tighter restrictions, I want to remind all Nova Scotians that we need to continue limiting our social contacts and travel so we can contain the virus,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We have the ability to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our province if we follow all the public health measures.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,047 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 2.

Yesterday there were 338 tests administered at the rapid-testing pop-up site in Halifax and 148 tests administered at the rapid-testing pop-up site in Wolfville. There were no positive test results identified at either site.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 71,631 tests. There have been 254 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. One hundred and thirty-five cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“It is important to recognize that although our cases numbers are not as high as we expected them to be, we continue to see new cases of COVID-19 every day,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Now is not the time to let our guard down. Please do your part to slow the spread of this virus by continuing to follow all the public health measures and restrictions.”

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Dec. 13

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

December 2      2:15 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 127 actives case of COVID-19. There were 17 new cases identified on yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Seventeen New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Dec. 2, Nova Scotia has 127 active cases of COVID-19. Seventeen new cases were identified Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Sixteen of the new cases are in Central Zone, including the case connected to St. Margaret’s Bay Elementary school that was reported last night. The other case is in Northern Zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada.

“We are a week into the new tighter restrictions in the greater Halifax area and limiting travel in and out of this part of the province,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “These are important steps to help contain the virus. We all need to continue following the protocols so we can slow the spread and keep each other safe.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 3,295 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 1.

Yesterday there were 247 tests administered at the rapid-testing pop-up site in Halifax and 453 tests administered at the rapid-testing pop-up site in Wolfville. There was one positive test result identified at the Wolfville site. The individual was directed to self-isolate and has been referred for a standard test.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 69,559 tests. There have been 243 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. One hundred and sixteen cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“I’m pleased to see that our case numbers have remained relatively low these past few days,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “This does not mean that we can ignore the restrictions that are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Everyone needs to do their part – wear a mask, adhere to the gathering limits, practise social distancing, wash your hands and avoid non-essential travel in and out of the Halifax area.”

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/ nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Dec. 13

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

— ongoing voluntary testing has been introduced to monitor, reduce and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care. Volunteers, designated caregivers and employees who provide direct care to residents will be tested every two weeks. The ongoing testing will start at three long-term care locations: Northwood, Ocean View and St. Vincent’s and will expand to six more facilities over the next two weeks

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

 

December 1      6:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 142 actives case of COVID-19. There were 10 new cases identified on yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

Two mobile testing units are now operational to support more COVID-19 testing in communities that need it. Read the news release in English or French.

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Ten New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Dec. 1, Nova Scotia has 142 active cases of COVID-19. Ten new cases were identified Monday, Nov. 30.

All new cases are in Central Zone.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 4,138 Nova Scotia tests on Nov. 30.

Yesterday there were 275 tests administered at the rapid-testing pop-up site in Halifax and 585 tests administered at the rapid-testing pop-up site in Wolfville. There were no positive test results identified at either site.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 66,263 tests. There have been 226 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Eighty-four cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/ nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Dec. 13

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

— ongoing voluntary testing has been introduced to monitor, reduce and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care. Volunteers, designated caregivers and employees who provide direct care to residents will be tested every two weeks. The ongoing testing will start at three long-term care locations: Northwood, Ocean View and St. Vincent’s and will expand to six more facilities over the next two weeks

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

November 30      3:15 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 138 actives case of COVID-19. There were 16 new cases identified on yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

News releases announcing cases on the weekend are available:
Saturday, November 28 – 14 new cases – English and French
Sunday, November 29 – 10 new cases – English and French

Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Sixteen New Cases of COVID -19

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NOTE: There was an error in the daily case release on Friday, Nov. 27, regarding the number of new cases of COVID-19. Eight new cases of COVID-19 should have been reported on Nov. 27, not nine.

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As of today, Nov. 30, Nova Scotia has 138 active cases of COVID-19. Sixteen new cases were identified Sunday, Nov. 29.

Fifteen of the new cases are in Central Zone. The other is a school-based case and was reported last night, Nov. 29, and is connected to the Northeast Kings Education Centre in Canning, Kings. Co., in Western Zone.

“We continue to see strong interest in the asymptomatic pop-up rapid testing locations, which shows Nova Scotians, including young Nova Scotians, are taking this virus seriously,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I want to thank all who have come out for a test, as well as the volunteers and health staff at the sites. We are also seeing impressive test numbers at the labs, a reflection of the hard work of staff there. These are important pieces of our collective effort to contain the virus.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 3,054 Nova Scotia tests on Nov. 29.

There were 628 tests administered at the rapid-testing pop-up site in Dartmouth yesterday and six positive results. The individuals were directed to self-isolate and have been referred for a standard test.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has had 47,457 negative test results, 216 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Seventy-eight cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“The Town of Wolfville announced a few days ago that an experimental research has detected COVID-19 in the town’s wastewater,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Although it is not definitive, it could be a sign that COVID-19 has found its way into that community. We have increased our capacity for testing at the primary assessment centre in the area and have set up a pop-up rapid testing location for asymptomatic people in Wolfville today, Nov. 30.”

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/ nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Dec. 13

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

— ongoing voluntary testing has been introduced to monitor, reduce and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care. Volunteers, designated caregivers and employees who provide direct care to residents will be tested every two weeks. The ongoing testing will start at three long-term care locations: Northwood, Ocean View and St. Vincent’s and will expand to six more facilities over the next two weeks

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

November 27      6:30 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 119 actives case of COVID-19. There were 9 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

FAQs are attached to further clarify the restrictions for areas of HRM and Hants county.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Nine New Cases of COVID-19, Another School-based Case, State of Emergency Renewed

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As of today, Nov. 27, Nova Scotia has 119 active cases of COVID-19. Nine new cases are being reported today.

They all are in Central Zone. One new case, identified today, is at Bedford South School, a pre-primary to grade 4 school in Central Zone.

The person was not in school today and is self-isolating. Public health will be in touch with close contacts as part of their ongoing investigation and advise of next steps. Everyone in a class which a confirmed case attended will be tested and is required to self-isolate for 14 days. Bedford South School will be closed for cleaning and contact tracing until at least Wednesday, Dec. 2 (inclusive) at which time more information will be communicated to families. Students will be supported to learn at home.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 3,109 Nova Scotia tests on Nov. 26.

There were 1,142 tests administered at the rapid-testing pop-up site in downtown Halifax yesterday and four positive results. The individuals were directed to self-isolate and have been referred for a standard test.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has had 40,386 negative test results, 176 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Fifty-seven cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Today, Nov. 27, ongoing voluntary testing is being introduced to monitor, reduce and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care. Volunteers, designated caregivers and employees who provide direct care to residents will be tested every two weeks. The ongoing testing will start at three long-term care locations: Northwood, Ocean View and St. Vincent’s and will expand to six more facilities over the next two weeks.

The province is renewing the state of emergency to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians and ensure safety measures and other important actions can continue. The order will take effect at noon Sunday, Nov. 29 and extend to noon Sunday, Dec. 13, unless government terminates or extends it.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/ nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

As of Nov. 23, rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Starting Nov. 24, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island requires a 14-day self-isolation. Starting Nov. 25, all non-essential travel into Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation period. These changes will be in effect for two weeks. Starting Nov. 27, unless exempt, travellers entering New Brunswick from Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are required to self-isolate for 14 days. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Dec. 13

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

 

November 26      4:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 114 actives case of COVID-19. There were 14 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

A one-time grant of up to $5,000 is being made available to support businesses in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and Hants County that have been ordered by Public Health to temporarily close in response to rising cases of COVID-19 in their communities. Read the news release.

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update tomorrow, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Fourteen New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Nov. 26, Nova Scotia has 114 active cases of COVID-19. Fourteen new cases are being reported today.

Twelve of the new cases are in Central Zone. One case is in Northern Zone and the other case is in Western Zone.

“New restrictions have come into effect today in much of Halifax Regional Municipality and parts of Hants County to help us to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Please make yourself familiar with the new restrictions. We all have a responsibility to follow public health measures and keep each other safe.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,253 Nova Scotia tests on Nov. 25.

There were 856 tests administered at the rapid-testing pop-up site in downtown Halifax yesterday and five positive results. The individuals were directed to self-isolate and have been referred for a standard test.

“We’ve seen a great uptake for asymptomatic testing among Halifax bar staff and patrons. People are showing us how much they care about their communities by going to these pop-up rapid testing locations,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health. “This has allowed us to detect a few cases among asymptomatic people early on and helps to stop the spread of the virus.”

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has had 38,434 negative test results, 167 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Fifty-three cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/ nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

As of Nov. 23, rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Starting Nov. 24, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island requires a 14-day self-isolation. Starting Wednesday, Nov. 25, all non-essential travel into Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation period. These changes will be in effect for two weeks. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Nov. 29

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–New Restrictions to Reduce Spread of COVID-19
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To turn the tide of COVID-19 infections in Nova Scotia, Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, announced new restrictions in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and across the province today, Nov. 24.
“We need to flip the switch on COVID-19 right now,” said Premier McNeil. “COVID-19 is moving quickly in Halifax, and we need to stop it from spreading further into Nova Scotia. We must bring COVID-19 under control before our health system is overwhelmed and it infects our most vulnerable citizens. Stopping the spread is fully up to us.”
New restrictions will come into force at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26, and continue for two weeks until midnight Dec. 9, with a possibility of extension.
Nova Scotians are being asked to avoid non-essential travel:
— in and out of western and central HRM (which is defined as HRM from Hubbards to, and including, Porters Lake and the communities up to Elmsdale and Mount Uniacke in Hants County – see https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/   for boundaries).
— to other Atlantic provinces
The following will apply to the parts of western and central HRM:
— the gathering limit in public is five (or up to the number of members of an immediate family in a household)
— mandatory masking now applies to common areas of multi-unit residential buildings, such as apartment buildings and condos
— restaurants and licenced establishments are closed for in-person dining but may provide take-out or delivery
— retail stores must restrict shoppers and staff to 25 per cent or less of allowable capacity
— wineries, distilleries and breweries cannot hold tastings or in-person dining and must follow retail rules in their stores (delivery and curbside pickup allowed)
— organized sports, recreational, athletic, arts and cultural activities, faith-based activities are paused
— profit and non-profit fitness and recreational facilities closed
— libraries and museums are closed, including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
— the casino and First Nations gaming establishments are closed
— stronger enforcement of illegal gatherings, including ticketing of all attendees (total fine of $1,000)
Schools, after-school programs and childcare will remain open while certain personal services businesses such as hairstylists, estheticians and nail salons in western and central HRM can continue except procedures that cannot be done while a patron is masked.
The following new restrictions apply across the province:
— to protect our most vulnerable, there will be no visitors except volunteers and designated caregivers to long-term care facilities and Adult Residential Centres and Regional Rehabilitation Centres licensed by the Department of Community Services
— sports teams are restricted to local or regional play only
— no extracurricular activities between schools
To further protect our most vulnerable, staff, volunteers and designated caregivers at long-term facilities in HRM will undergo voluntary, bi-weekly testing. Testing will be phased-in starting Nov. 27.
“COVID-19 loves social and group activities because it can spread quickly and easily,” said Dr. Strang. “These measures are targeted to reduce the situations in which COVID-19 thrives. Go to work or go to school, then go home and stay there. One family member can shop for necessities. It will likely get worse before it gets better so don’t falter in following public health measures.”
Quick Facts:
— visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/   to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing fever or a new cough or you are experiencing two or more of sore throat, runny nose/nasal congestion, headache and shortness of breath
— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Nov. 29
— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax
Additional Resources:
Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus
Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)
The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)
Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)
For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)
For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/
The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

November 24      5:15 PM

As of today, November 23, Nova Scotia has 87 actives case of COVID-19. There were 37 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

With the growing case numbers, further restrictions were added today. Some are provincewide. Most are for areas of HRM and Hants County. Read the news release in English or French and see attached FAQs for more information.

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Thirty-seven New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Nov. 24, Nova Scotia has 87 active cases of COVID-19. Thirty-seven new cases are being reported today.

Thirty-five of the new cases are in Central Zone, and a case in Northern Zone is connected to exposures in Central Zone. All of those cases were identified Monday, Nov. 23.

There is also a case, identified today, at Northeast Kings Education Centre in Canning, Kings. Co., in Western Zone.

The person is not in school today and is self-isolating. Public health will be in touch with close contacts as part of their ongoing investigation and advise of next steps. Everyone in a class which a confirmed case attended is being tested and asked to self-isolate for 14 days. Northeast Kings Education Centre will be closed for the remainder of the week and students will be supported to learn at home.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,561 Nova Scotia tests on Nov. 23.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has had 35,188 negative test results, 138 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Fifty-one cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/ nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

As of Nov. 23, rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Starting today, Nov. 24, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island requires a 14-day self-isolation. Starting Wednesday, Nov. 25, all non-essential travel into Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation period. These changes will be in effect for two weeks. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Nov. 29

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

November 23      4:25 PM

As of today, November 23, Nova Scotia has 51 actives case of COVID-19. Eleven new cases were identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health will provide an update tomorrow, November 24, at 3 p.m. This update will be livestreamed on https://novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast

The Atlantic provinces are advising caution relating to non-essential travel within the Atlantic Bubble. The news release is below.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

As of today, Nov. 23, Nova Scotia has 51 active cases of COVID-19. Eleven new cases were identified Sunday, Nov. 22.

All 11 new cases are in Central Zone. Eight are connected to previously reported cases; three are under investigation. One of the cases was detected Saturday, Nov. 21, in a pilot rapid COVID-19 screening program for bar staff and patrons in downtown Halifax.

The recent rise in cases has led to new restrictions in metro Halifax Regional Municipality and parts of Hants County which came into effect today, Nov. 23. The restrictions can be found at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/county-restrictions/ .

Also today, the Atlantic premiers are calling on people in the region to limit their travel.

“Nova Scotia is urging people to limit travel for the next two weeks. I respect the decision of the provinces of Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador to take further steps at this time,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Our border with New Brunswick continues to be monitored. There are a number of people on both sides of our shared border who drive back and forth for work or other essential reasons, and they can continue to do so. But for anyone considering a shopping trip or other non-essential travel, we are asking you not to go. This is another step we can take to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The Atlantic premiers agreed that measures will be reviewed with the advice of Atlantic chief medical officers of health.

“Today’s changes to the Atlantic bubble – with two Atlantic provinces asking their citizens to quarantine after visiting here – is a stark reminder that we need to do all that we can to stop the spread of this virus in Nova Scotia,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health. “COVID-19 has found its way back into our communities. It is the responsibility of all of us to move quickly and stop it from spreading further. Reduce your social circle and activities, and strictly follow public health measures.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,143 Nova Scotia tests on Nov. 22.

To date, Nova Scotia has had 128,972 negative test results, 1,190 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. One thousand and seventy-four cases are now resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

  • fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or: Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

  • sore throat
  • runny nose/ nasal congestion
  • headache
  • shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador are changing. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Starting Tuesday, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island requires a 14-day self-isolation. Starting Wednesday, all non-essential travel into Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation period. These changes will be in effect for two weeks. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must self-isolate for 14 days. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic province may travel to Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

  • testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
  • a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Nov. 29
  • online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dr. Andrew Furey, Chair of the Council of Atlantic Premiers, was joined today with New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs, Prince Edward Island Premier Dennis King, and Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil in recommending caution regarding non-essential travel within the Atlantic Provinces.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for all Canadians, and especially our most vulnerable populations. Premiers noted that second waves of COVID-19 are happening across Canada and around the world. Given this, Premiers discussed the need for extra caution on non-essential travel in the region and agreed to monitor this closely over the next two weeks. Some provinces may take additional measures. Premiers agreed that measures will be reviewed with the advice of Atlantic Chief Medical Officers of Health.

Premiers wish to acknowledge the sacrifices all residents have made to help contain the spread of the virus and recognize the ongoing cooperation and dedication of businesses, individuals and families throughout Atlantic Canada. Premiers remain committed to working together to support economic and social recovery while ensuring the health and safety of all residents. For more information about the COVID-19 response and specific public health requirements from each of the Atlantic Provinces, please consult the following links below:

November 20      4:30 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 28 active cases of COVID-19. Five new cases were identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

Several announcements were made today:

  • New restrictions on gathering limits and social circles in urban and many suburban areas of Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County
  • Auburn Drive High School in Cole Harbour and Graham Creighton Junior High in Cherry Brook will remain closed for two weeks after cases of COVID-19 were identified there earlier this week
  • New provincewide requirements that limit the movement of long-term care residents outside their facilities
  • New provincewide requirements for full-service restaurants and licenced establishments to collect the contact information of all patrons
  • Additional information for people who must self-isolate when entering Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic Bubble
  • Bar staff in peninsular Halifax will be tested over seven days starting early next week

Please read the news release in English or French and see the attached new and updated FAQs for more information.

Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Five New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Nov. 20, Nova Scotia has 28 active cases of COVID-19. Five new cases were identified Thursday, Nov. 19.

The new cases are in Central Zone. One was reported last night – a close contact of the Auburn Drive High School case. Another case is also connected to a previously reported case. Three cases are still under investigation.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,384 Nova Scotia tests on Nov. 19.

To date, Nova Scotia has 126,446 negative test results, 1,160 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. One thousand and sixty-seven cases are now resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/ nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

As of July 3, interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the requirement to self-isolate for permanent Atlantic Canadian residents, is permitted. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must self-isolate for 14 days. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic province may travel to Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Nov. 29

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

November 19      3:15 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 23 active cases of COVID-19. One new case was identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

As part of government’s commitment to protect the health and safety of seniors in long-term care, six Regional Care Units will be established across the province to reduce and manage the spread of COVID-19. Read the news release in English or French.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–One New Case of COVID-19

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As of today, Nov. 19, Nova Scotia has 23 active cases of COVID-19. One new case was identified Wednesday, Nov. 18.

The new case is in the Central Zone and is currently under investigation.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,314 Nova Scotia tests on Nov. 18.

To date, Nova Scotia has 125,434 negative test results, 1,155 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. One person is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. One thousand and sixty-seven cases are now resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/ nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

As of July 3, interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the requirement to self-isolate for permanent Atlantic Canadian residents, is permitted. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must self-isolate for 14 days. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic province may travel to Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Nov. 29

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

November 18      12:15 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 24 active cases of COVID-19. Three new cases were identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Three New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Nov. 18, Nova Scotia has 24 active cases of COVID-19. Three new cases were identified Tuesday, Nov. 17.

The new cases are in the Central Zone. All the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,184 Nova Scotia tests on Nov. 17.

To date, Nova Scotia has 124,272 negative test results, 1,154 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. One thousand and sixty-five cases are now resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/ nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

As of July 3, interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the requirement to self-isolate for permanent Atlantic Canadian residents, is permitted. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must self-isolate for 14 days. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic province may travel to Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Nov. 29

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

November 17      4:30 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 24 active cases of COVID-19. Five new cases were identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French. Two of those cases are in schools and were announced yesterday – see the news release in English and French.

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Five New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Nov. 17, Nova Scotia has 24 active cases of COVID-19. Five new cases were identified Monday, Nov. 16.

The new cases are in the Central Zone. Two are the school-based cases announced yesterday. The other three are close contacts of previously reported cases.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 966 Nova Scotia tests on Nov. 16.

To date, Nova Scotia has 123,422 negative test results, 1,151 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. One thousand and sixty-two cases are now resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/ nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

As of July 3, interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the requirement to self-isolate for permanent Atlantic Canadian residents, is permitted. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must self-isolate for 14 days. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic province may travel to Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Nov. 29

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

November 16      4:30 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 19 active cases of COVID-19. Two new cases were identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Two New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Nov. 16, Nova Scotia has 23 active cases of COVID-19. Two new cases were identified Sunday, Nov. 15.

The new cases are in the Central Zone. Both are connected to previously reported cases and are still under investigation.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 844 Nova Scotia tests on Nov. 15.

To date, Nova Scotia has 122,682 negative test results, 1,146 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. One thousand and fifty-eight cases are now resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/ nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

As of July 3, interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the requirement to self-isolate for permanent Atlantic Canadian residents, is permitted. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must self-isolate for 14 days. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic province may travel to Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Nov. 29

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

November 13      12:30 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 19 active cases of COVID-19. No new cases were identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

We are working on clarifying Monday’s announcement about self-isolation for non-essential travel. An expanded FAQ is attached. We will share more answers as we have them.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–No New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Nov. 12, Nova Scotia has 19 active cases of COVID-19. No new cases were identified Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 891 Nova Scotia tests on Nov. 11.

To date, Nova Scotia has 119,799 negative test results, 1,134 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. One thousand and fifty cases are now resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/ nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives — practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

As of July 3, interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the requirement to self-isolate for permanent Atlantic Canadian residents, is permitted. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must self-isolate for 14 days. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic province may travel to Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Nov. 15

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test through primary assessment centres in the Northern Zone, Western Zone, Central Zone or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

November 10      4:15 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 18 active cases of COVID-19. Three new cases were identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Three New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Nov. 10, Nova Scotia has 18 active cases of COVID-19. Three new cases were identified Monday, Nov. 9.

The new cases are in the Central Zone. One case is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The traveller self-isolated, as required. The other two cases are linked to the cluster of cases in Clayton Park. One is a close contact of a previously reported case and the other is connected to the Bitter End in Halifax. Both cases remain under investigation.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 842 Nova Scotia tests on Nov. 9.

To date, Nova Scotia has 118,317 negative test results, 1,132 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. One thousand and forty-nine cases are now resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/ nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

As of July 3, interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the requirement to self-isolate for permanent Atlantic Canadian residents, is permitted. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must self-isolate for 14 days. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic province may travel to Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Nov. 15

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test through primary assessment centres in the Northern Zone, Western Zone, Central Zone or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

November 9      12:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 16 active cases of COVID-19. Eight new cases were identified since last week. The news release is below and is also available in French.

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update today, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m.

Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–One New Case of COVID-19

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As of today, Nov. 9, Nova Scotia has 16 active cases of COVID-19. One new case was identified Sunday, Nov. 8.

The new case is in the Central Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 658 Nova Scotia tests on Nov. 8.

To date, Nova Scotia has 117,623 negative test results, 1,129 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. One thousand and forty-eight cases are now resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Due to a technical issue, the full number of completed tests and negative test results from laboratories outside of Central Zone is not included in today’s testing numbers. Numbers will be updated when the issue is resolved and the information is available.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/ nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives — practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

As of July 3, interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the requirement to self-isolate for permanent Atlantic Canadian residents, is permitted. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must self-isolate for 14 days. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic province may travel to Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Nov. 15

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test through primary assessment centres in the Northern Zone, Western Zone, Central Zone or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

November 6      4:15 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 16 active cases of COVID-19. Two new cases were identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Two New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Nov. 6, Nova Scotia has 16 active cases of COVID-19. Two new cases were identified Thursday, Nov. 5.

The new cases are in the Central Zone. One case is a close contact of the case reported Thursday, Nov. 5. Those linked cases remain under investigation. Today’s other case is also under investigation.

Due to a technical issue, the complete number of Nova Scotia tests and the number of negative test results are not currently available. Numbers will be updated when the issue is resolved and the information is available.

To date, Nova Scotia has 1,121 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. One thousand and forty cases are now resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/ nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives — practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

As of July 3, interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the requirement to self-isolate for permanent Atlantic Canadian residents, is permitted. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must self-isolate for 14 days. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic province may travel to Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Nov. 15

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test through primary assessment centres in the Northern Zone, Western Zone, Central Zone or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

November 5      1:30 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 19 active cases of COVID-19. Four new cases were identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

A new COVID-19 Emergency Support Program for Arts and Culture Organizations COVID-19 was announced yesterday. It will provide $2.1 million to help meet the immediate needs of arts and culture organizations that have faced a significant impact through the pandemic. Read the news release.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–One New Case of COVID-19

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As of today, Nov. 5, Nova Scotia has 18 active cases of COVID-19. One new case was identified Wednesday, Nov. 4.

The new case is in the Central Zone and is under investigation.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,058 Nova Scotia tests on Nov. 4.

To date, Nova Scotia has 114,607 negative test results, 1,119 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. One thousand and thirty-six cases are now resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/ nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives — practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

As of July 3, interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the requirement to self-isolate for permanent Atlantic Canadian residents, is permitted. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must self-isolate for 14 days. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic province may travel to Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.

On Oct. 22, New Brunswick announced further restrictions related to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Campbellton-Restigouche region of northern New Brunswick. Nova Scotians should avoid unnecessary travel to that area.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Nov. 15

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test through primary assessment centres in the Central Zone or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

November 4      12:15 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 19 active cases of COVID-19. Four new cases were identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

Nova Scotia municipalities are getting $67.5 million in federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement funding to help meet operating costs while impacted by lower revenue from transit and fees, as well as increased costs associated with COVID-19 infection prevention measures. Read the news release.

Further to yesterday’s announcement that Nova Scotia public school gyms will gradually reopen to community groups for physical activity and sports, some FAQs are attached. You can also read the news release in English or French.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Four New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Nov. 4, Nova Scotia has 19 active cases of COVID-19. Four new cases were identified Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Two of the new cases are in Central Zone and travelled outside of Atlantic Canada together. The individuals are self-isolating, as required. The other two cases are in the Northern Zone and are household contacts of a previously reported case.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 853 Nova Scotia tests on Nov. 3.

To date, Nova Scotia has 114,037 negative test results, 1,118 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. One thousand and thirty-four cases are now resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/ nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives — practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

As of July 3, interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the requirement to self-isolate for permanent Atlantic Canadian residents, is permitted. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must self-isolate for 14 days. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic province may travel to Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.

On Oct. 22, New Brunswick announced further restrictions related to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Campbellton-Restigouche region of northern New Brunswick. Nova Scotians should avoid unnecessary travel to that area.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Nov. 15

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test through primary assessment centres in the Central Zone or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

November 3      3:15 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 16 active cases of COVID-19. One new case was identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development announced today that Nova Scotia public school gyms will gradually reopen to community groups for physical activity and sports. Read the news release in English or French.

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–One New Case of COVID-19

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As of today, Nov. 3, Nova Scotia has 16 active cases of COVID-19. One new case was identified Monday, Nov. 2.

The new case is in the Northern Zone and is currently under investigation by public health.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s lab is updating their system and the complete number of Nova Scotia tests, number of negative test results and hospitalization data is not currently available. Please visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/ later today to get the most up-to-date data.

To date, Nova Scotia has 1,114 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. One thousand and thirty-three cases are now resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/ nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives — practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

As of July 3, interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the requirement to self-isolate for permanent Atlantic Canadian residents, is permitted. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must self-isolate for 14 days. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic province may travel to Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.

On Oct. 22, New Brunswick announced further restrictions related to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Campbellton-Restigouche region of northern New Brunswick. Nova Scotians should avoid unnecessary travel to that area.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Nov. 15

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test through primary assessment centres in the Central Zone or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

The COVID-19 self-assessment is at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/