COVID 19

September 14  5:30 PM

Phase 5 of Reopening Delayed to October 4

It was announced today that, due to current epidemiology in the province and Atlantic region, the start of Phase 5 of Nova Scotia’s reopening plan will be delayed until October 4. This is the same day that the proof of full vaccination policy begins for certain events and activities. Current restrictions, including gathering limits, physical distance and masking, will stay in place until that date.

The news release is available in English and French. You can watch a recording of today’s media briefing on YouTube. Our current information on the proof of vaccination policy is available online and FAQs are attached. More information will be added to the website as it becomes available.

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COVID-19 Testing

 

With a highly vaccinated population, regular asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 is no longer recommended. Starting September 15, appointments can only be booked for people who need an asymptomatic test for certain reasons, such as after travel or because they were at an exposure site.

Targeted asymptomatic testing will continue via mobile units and pop ups as needed in communities with outbreaks. Testing will continue to be available for everyone who has symptoms.

People will still book appointments at a primary assessment centre. 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.

September 10, 5:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 78 active cases of COVID-19. Eleven new cases and six recoveries are being reported today. Vaccination efforts are on track with about 72.2% of people in the province fully vaccinated. Today’s news release is below and is also available in French. News releases for the past week are also available.

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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.

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Thank you for your interest and support.

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–11 New Cases of COVID-19, Six Recoveries

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NOTE: Nova Scotia is not issuing COVID-19 news releases or updating the COVID-19 data dashboard on weekends. Monday updates will include weekend data.

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Today, Sept. 10, Nova Scotia is reporting 11 new cases of COVID-19 and six recoveries.

Ten of the cases are in Central Zone. Two are close contacts of previously reported cases. Three are related to travel. Five are under investigation.

One case is in Eastern Zone and is related to travel.

There have been 4,422 cases from March 15 to Sept. 9, 2021. Of those:

— 82 (1.9 per cent) were fully vaccinated

— 265 (6.0 per cent) were partially vaccinated

— 4,075 (92.1 per cent) were unvaccinated

There were 257 people hospitalized. Of those:

— 2 (0.8 per cent) were fully vaccinated

— 28 (10.9 per cent) were partially vaccinated

— 227 (88.3 per cent) were unvaccinated

Twenty-eight people died. Of those:

— 1 (3.6 per cent) was fully vaccinated

— 3 (10.7 per cent) were partially vaccinated

— 24 (85.7 per cent) were unvaccinated

As of today, Nova Scotia has 78 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, one person is in a hospital COVID-19 unit.

There were 2,838 tests administered between Sept. 3 and Sept. 9 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Halifax and Dartmouth.

On Sept. 9, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 3,364 tests.

As of Sept. 9, 1,464,075 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 701,708 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since April 1, there have been 4,375 positive COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 4,269 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Testing advice:

Nova Scotians with or without symptoms can book a test at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en for primary assessment centres across the province. Those with no symptoms are encouraged to use one of the primary assessment centres with drop-in testing, pop-up sites or public health mobile units if they want to be tested.

More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is advised to self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results, unless they are fully vaccinated. If they are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the exposure date, they do not need to self-isolate as long as they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. They should still get tested and should monitor for symptoms up to 14 days after the exposure date. If symptoms develop, they should get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.

Symptoms and self-assessment:

Nova Scotians should visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours they have had or are currently experiencing:

— cough (new or worsening)

Or two or more of the following symptoms:

— fever (chills, sweats)

— headache

— runny nose or nasal congestion

— sore throat

— shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

People should call 811 if they cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about their symptoms.

Anyone with symptoms should immediately self-isolate and book a test.

Quick Facts:

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020, and has been extended to Sept. 19, 2021

Additional Resources:

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

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

Nova’s Scotia’s five-phase reopening plan, announced May 28, 2021: https://novascotia.ca/reopening-plan/

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

A list of primary assessment locations, including locations with drop-in testing, is available at: https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting#assessment-centre-locations

More information about public health text notifications of positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts is available here: https://www.nshealth.ca/news/public-health-begins-contacting-positive-covid-19-cases-close-contacts-text-message

More information on what is considered essential travel is available here: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/travel/#from-outside-atlantic-canada

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

Anyone needing help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern can 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