COVID 19

June 21 6:20 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 79 active cases of COVID-19. No new cases of COVID-19 and four recoveries 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 Tuesday, June 22 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–No New Cases of COVID-19, Four Recoveries

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Today, June 21, Nova Scotia is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 and four recoveries.

There is limited community spread in Central Zone. Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

“What a great way to begin summer with no new cases being reported today,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “The epidemiology is headed in the right direction, but in order for us to continue to see low to no new cases, we must all follow the public health measures and get fully vaccinated as soon as we can. And of course, remember to get tested.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 79 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, three people are in hospital COVID-19 units, including one in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 52 for non-ICU and 55 for people in ICU.

On June 20, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,580 tests.

As of June 20, 775,902 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 84,854 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“Today is the first day since March 29 that we are reporting no new cases of COVID-19,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We should all be proud of our efforts to get to this point, but please don’t let your guard down. We need to continue to follow the public health measures, get tested often and get vaccinated until we get to Phase 5 of our reopening.”

Since April 1, there have been 4,049 positive COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 3,946 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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to June 27, 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

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)

June 18 7:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 93 active cases of COVID-19. Eleven new cases of COVID-19 and 15 recoveries are being reported in Nova Scotia today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Second Dose Rescheduling

Nova Scotians who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on or before May 14 and are scheduled to receive their second dose on or before August 27 can now reschedule their appointments for earlier dates. Notification emails will go out in batches over several days.

The news release is available in English and 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–11 New Cases of COVID-19, 15 recoveries

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Today, June 18, Nova Scotia is reporting 11 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 recoveries.

Nine cases are in Central Zone. Six are close contacts of previously reported cases, two are under investigation and one is related to travel.

Two cases are in Eastern Zone and are related to travel.

There is limited community spread in Central Zone. Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

“Nova Scotia will receive its largest shipment of vaccine in the coming weeks,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “When you get an email to reschedule your second dose for an earlier date, do it. The sooner we can get Nova Scotians fully vaccinated, the sooner we will get back to normal.”

There were 4,066 COVID-19 cases from March 15 to June 15, 2021. Of those:

— 25 (0.6 per cent) were fully vaccinated

— 218 (5.4 per cent) were partially vaccinated

— 3,823 (94 per cent) were unvaccinated

There were 250 people hospitalized. Of those:

— 2 (0.8 per cent) were fully vaccinated

— 27 (10.8 per cent) were partially vaccinated

— 221 (88.4 per cent) were unvaccinated

Twenty-four people died. Of those:

— 1 (4.2 per cent) was fully vaccinated

— 3 (12.5 per cent) were partially vaccinated

— 20 (83.3 per cent) were unvaccinated

As of today, Nova Scotia has 93 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, six people are in hospital COVID-19 units, including three in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 52 for non-ICU and 55 for people in ICU.

On June 17, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 5,602 tests.

There were 12,423 tests administered between June 11 and 17 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Sydney, Sackville, Bedford, Halifax, Dartmouth and Shelburne.

As of June 17, 752,599 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 73,600 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“It’s important to continue to get tested for COVID-19, even if you’ve had one dose of vaccine,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Testing remains key to our COVID-19 response and that will continue as we reopen.”

Since April 1, there have been 4,042 positive COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 3,925 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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to June 27, 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

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)

June 17 6:05 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 97 active cases of COVID-19. Fourteen new cases of COVID-19 and nine recoveries 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, provided a livestreamed update  today, June 17 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–14 New Cases of COVID-19, Nine recoveries

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Today, June 17, Nova Scotia is reporting 14 new cases of COVID-19 and nine recoveries.

Twelve cases are in Central Zone. Eleven are close contacts of previously reported cases and the other is under investigation.

One case is in Eastern Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

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

There is limited community spread in Central Zone. Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 97 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, six people are in hospital COVID-19 units, including three in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 52 for non-ICU and 55 for people in ICU.

On June 16, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 5,977 tests.

As of June 16, 735,008 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 66,248 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since April 1, there have been 4,031 positive COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 3,910 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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to June 27, 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

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)

June 16 7:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 92 active cases of COVID-19. Eight new cases of COVID-19 and 13 recoveries 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 Thursday, June 17 at 3:00 p.m.

 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Second Dose Rescheduling

Nova Scotians who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on or before May 1 and are scheduled to receive their second dose on or before August 14 can now reschedule their appointments for earlier dates.

The news release is available in English and 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–Eight New Cases of COVID-19, 13 recoveries

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Today, June 16, Nova Scotia is reporting eight new cases of COVID-19 and 13 recoveries.

Five of the cases are in Central Zone. Four are close contacts of previously reported cases and the other is under investigation.

Three cases are in Eastern Zone. Two are close contacts of previously reported cases and the other is under investigation.

There is limited community spread in Central Zone. Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

“Nova Scotians should be proud of the work they have done to get us where we are today,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Although our cases continue to be in the single digits and people are following the public health measures, it is important to continue to get tested. Testing is a key part of our reopening plan as it will help to identify cases quickly before they have the chance to spread.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 92 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, five people are in hospital COVID-19 units, including four in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 52.5 for non-ICU and 55 for people in ICU.

On June 15, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 5,142 tests.

As of June 15, 715,070 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 58,854 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“As we work our way through the reopening plan, entering Phase 2 today, it is important to remember to continue to get tested for COVID-19 and get vaccinated as soon as you can,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Many of our new cases are among people who are not vaccinated, or who got the virus within two weeks of their first dose, before the vaccine has taken effect.”

Since April 1, there have been 4,017 positive COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 3,901 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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to June 27, 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

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)

June 15 7:35 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 97 active cases of COVID-19. Four new cases of COVID-19 and 29 recoveries are being reported in Nova Scotia today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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In-home COVID-19 Vaccination Program Expands

Nova Scotians who are unable to attend a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in their community because of significant health and mobility challenges are now able to receive their first vaccination at home.

Beginning today, June 15, people who are not able to leave their homes to attend a scheduled vaccine appointment can request an in-home appointment by calling 211. Vaccines will be administered by Nova Scotia Health following a screening process to confirm eligibility. In-home vaccinations will be administered in July and August.

The release is available in English and in French.

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Nova Scotia Starting Second Phase of Reopening, Opening Border to Atlantic Canada

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced today, June 15, that Nova Scotia will start the second phase of its reopening plan on Wednesday, June 16, and open the border to Atlantic Canadians on June 23.

The news release is available in English and in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, provided a livestreamed update  today, June 15 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–Four New Cases of COVID-19, 29 recoveries

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Today, June 15, Nova Scotia is reporting four new cases of COVID-19 and 29 recoveries.

Three of the cases are in Central Zone and are close contacts of previously reported cases.

The other case is in Eastern Zone and is related to travel.

There is limited community spread in Central Zone. Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 97 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, six people are in hospital COVID-19 units, including four in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 52.5 for non-ICU and 55 for people in ICU.

On June 14, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 3,757 tests.

As of June 14, 705,565 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 54,361 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since April 1, there have been 4,009 positive COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 3,888 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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to June 27, 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

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)

June 14 7:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 124 active cases of COVID-19. One death, eight new cases of COVID-19 and 22 recoveries 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 Tuesday, June 15 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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COVID-19 Vaccine Second Dose Rescheduling

Nova Scotians who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on or before April 24 and are scheduled to receive their second dose on or before Aug. 7 can now reschedule their appointments for earlier dates. The news release is available in English and in French.

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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 Death, Eight New Cases of COVID-19, 22 recoveries

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Today, June 14, Nova Scotia is reporting a death related to COVID-19. A woman in her 80s has died in Central Zone.

Nova Scotia is also reporting eight new cases of COVID-19 and 22 recoveries.

All of the cases are in Central Zone. Three are close contacts of previously reported cases, three are under investigation and two are related to travel.

There is limited community spread in Central Zone. Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

“I want to extend my condolences to those who are grieving the loss of their loved one,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “This virus is serious and can have devastating impacts. Please continue to follow the public health measures, get tested regularly and get vaccinated as soon as you can.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 124 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, six people are in hospital COVID-19 units, including four in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 53 for non-ICU and 55 for people in ICU.

On June 13, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 3,348 tests.

As of June 13, 698,979 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 51,536 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the woman who has passed away,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Getting vaccinated will not only protect you but also your loved ones. We must continue to work together and follow the public health protocols as we work our way through the reopening plan.”

Since April 1, there have been 4,007 positive COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 3,859 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/enfor primary assessment centres across the province. Those with no symptoms are strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to June 27, 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

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)

June 11 6:35 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 143 active cases of COVID-19. One death, 8 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 recoveries are being reported in Nova Scotia today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Update on Asymptomatic Testing, New Workplace Testing Initiative

The province continues to expand its asymptomatic testing strategy with the new Nova Scotia COVID-19 Rapid Screening Program for Workplaces.

The program supports employers across the province to put in place regular screening for their staff.

The news release is available in English and in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, provided a livestreamed update  today, June 11 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–One Death, Eight New Cases of COVID-19, Delta Variant Cases Identified, State of Emergency Renewed

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Today, June 11, Nova Scotia is reporting a death related to COVID-19. A man in his 50s has died in Central Zone.

Nova Scotia is also reporting eight new cases of COVID-19 and 11 recoveries.

There are six new cases in Central Zone. Three of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases. Two are related to travel and one is under investigation.

Two new cases are in Eastern Zone and are close contacts of previously reported cases.

There is limited community spread in Central Zone. Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

The National Microbiology Lab has confirmed two Delta variant cases. These cases were previously reported, and both were related to travel.

There have been 4,009 cases from March 15 to June 8, 2021. Of those:

— 25 (0.6 per cent) were fully vaccinated

— 206 (5.1 per cent) were partially vaccinated

— 3,778 (94.2 per cent) were unvaccinated

There were 247 individuals hospitalized. Of those:

— 2 (0.8 per cent) were fully vaccinated

— 26 (10.5 per cent) were partially vaccinated

— 219 (88.7 per cent) were unvaccinated

Twenty-two individuals died. Of those:

— 1 (4.5 per cent) was fully vaccinated

— 2 (9.1 per cent) were partially vaccinated

— 19 (86.4 per cent) were unvaccinated

As of today, Nova Scotia has 143 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, 10 people are in hospital COVID-19 units, including six in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 53 for non-ICU and 55 for people in ICU.

On June 10, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 4,918 tests.

There were 15,734 tests administered between June 4 and 10 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Sydney, Bridgewater, Dartmouth and Halifax.

As of June 10, 678,615 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 47,930 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since April 1, there have been 3,987 positive COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 3,821 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/enfor primary assessment centres across the province. Those with no symptoms are strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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.

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, June 13, and extend to noon, Sunday, June 27, unless government terminates or extends it.

Quick Facts:

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020, and extended to June 27, 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

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)

June 10 7:25 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 147 active cases of COVID-19. 15 new cases of COVID-19 and 31 recoveries 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, June 11 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–15 New Cases of COVID-19, 31 Recoveries

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Today, June 10, Nova Scotia is reporting 15 new cases of COVID-19 and 31 recoveries.

There are 12 new cases in Central Zone. Seven of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases. Three are related to travel and two are under investigation.

Three new cases are in Eastern Zone. Two of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases and one is related to travel.

There is limited community spread in Central Zone. Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

“As more and more Nova Scotians get vaccinated, I want to remind people of the continued importance of getting tested for COVID-19,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Testing is a key part of our reopening plan. If people continue to get tested, the health system can identify new cases of COVID-19 early on and limit the spread of the virus.”

In addition to these cases, Nova Scotia is reporting one additional case of COVID-19 today, June 10, connected to Citadel High School in Halifax.

Because the case came in after the cut-off for reporting, it will not appear on the COVID-19 data dashboard until tomorrow, June 11.

Because of a previously reported case, the school is closed to students until Monday, June 14, to allow for testing of close contacts. Students will continue to learn from home tomorrow, June 11. Families and students will receive an update before June 14.

Public health will be in touch with any close contacts of positive cases and advise of next steps, including testing. Everyone who is a close contact will be notified, tested and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Out of an abundance of caution, public health is recommending that all students and staff be tested for COVID-19, whether or not they have symptoms. No self-isolation is required while they wait for test results, unless they have been identified as a close contact by public health or have symptoms.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 147 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, 10 people are in hospital COVID-19 units, including six in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 53 for non-ICU and 55 for people in ICU.

On June 9, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 4,761 tests.

As of June 9, 663,840 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 46,630 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“With the federal government’s announcement about the expected shipment of additional Moderna vaccine, I am hopeful that this will allow us to move through our vaccine rollout plan quicker than we had anticipated,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Getting two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine is crucial to reach maximum protection against COVID-19 and its variants.”

Since April 1, there have been 3,979 positive COVID-19 cases and 22 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 3,810 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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to June 13, 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

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)

June 9 6:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 164 active cases of COVID-19. 13 new cases of COVID-19 and 20 recoveries are being reported in Nova Scotia today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Second Dose Rescheduling

Nova Scotians who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on or before April 10 and are scheduled to receive their second dose on or before July 24 can now reschedule their appointments for earlier dates. The news release is available in English and in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, provided a livestreamed update  today, June 9 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–13 New Cases of COVID-19, 20 Recoveries

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Today, June 9, Nova Scotia is reporting 13 new cases of COVID-19 and 20 recoveries.

There are seven new cases in Central Zone. Two of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases. Two are related to travel and three are under investigation.

Six new cases are in Eastern Zone. Three of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases. Two are related to travel and one is under investigation.

There is limited community spread in Central Zone. Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

In addition to these cases, Nova Scotia is reporting one additional case of COVID-19 today, June 9, connected to Citadel High School in Halifax. The person was not in school today.

Because the case came in after the cut-off for reporting, it will not appear on the COVID-19 data dashboard until tomorrow, June 10.

The school will close to students until Monday, June 14, to allow for testing of close contacts and a deep cleaning of the school. Students will learn from home during the closure beginning Thursday, June 10. Families and students will receive an update before June 14.

Public health will be in touch with any close contacts of positive cases and advise of next steps, including testing. Everyone who is a close contact will be notified, tested and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

The initial public health assessment has indicated a defined, limited number of close contacts.

Out of an abundance of caution, public health is recommending that all students and staff be tested for COVID-19, whether or not they have symptoms. No self-isolation is required while they wait for test results, unless they have been identified as a close contact by public health or have symptoms.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 164 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, 15 people are in hospital COVID-19 units, including seven in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 53 for non-ICU and 55 for people in ICU.

On June 8, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 4,171 tests.

As of June 8, 647,604 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 45,372 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since April 1, there have been 3,965 positive COVID-19 cases and 22 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 3,779 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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to June 13, 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

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)

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Media Contact: COVID-19 Media Line

                          902-424-3310

                          Email: COVID19media@novascotia.ca

June 8 5:45 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 171 active cases of COVID-19. 17 new cases of COVID-19 and 28 recoveries 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, June 9 at 3:00 p.m.

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AstraZeneca Vaccine Second Dose Rescheduling

 

Nova Scotians who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in the province on or before April 21 will be able to reschedule their second dose appointment before June 30. The release is available in English and 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–17 New Cases of COVID-19, 28 Recoveries

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Today, June 8, Nova Scotia is reporting 17 new cases of COVID-19 and 28 recoveries.

There are nine new cases in Central Zone. Five of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases and four are under investigation.

One of the cases in Central Zone was reported Monday, June 7, and is connected to Halifax West High School. This case is under investigation. Although this case was reported yesterday, because it came in after yesterday’s cut-off for reporting, it will appear on the COVID-19 data dashboard today.

Seven new cases are in Eastern Zone. All are close contacts of previously reported cases.

One case is in Western Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

There is limited community spread in Central Zone. Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

“I’m pleased to see our cases remain low and Nova Scotians should be proud of their efforts,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “As we move through our reopening phases, we still need to be cautious. Remember to continue to follow the public health measures and make testing a regular part of your routine.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 171 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, 17 people are in hospital COVID units, including seven in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 53 for non-ICU and 55 for people in ICU.

On June 7, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,536 tests.

As of June 7, 642,718 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 44,876 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“It is nice to see Nova Scotians getting back to doing some of the things we had to pause during lockdown, but we need to stay vigilant,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “As excited as we are to see friends and loved ones again, please remember to keep the gatherings outdoors, keep your groups small and consistent, maintain distance between groups, get tested often, and practice good public health protocols like masking and washing your hands.”

Since April 1, there have been 3,952 positive COVID-19 cases and 22 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 3,759 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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to June 13, 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

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)

June 7 8:15 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 182 active cases of COVID-19. 14 new cases of COVID-19 and 36 recoveries are being reported in Nova Scotia today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

Please see attached for an updated version of the Vaccine FAQ.

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Media briefing

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, provided a livestreamed update  today, June 7 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–14 New Cases of COVID-19, 36 Recoveries

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Today, June 7, Nova Scotia is reporting 14 new cases of COVID-19 and 36 recoveries.

There are 11 new cases in Central Zone. Nine of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases and two are under investigation.

Two of the cases in Central Zone were reported Sunday, June 6, and are connected to Graham Creighton Junior High in Dartmouth and Bedford and Forsyth Education Centres (Dartmouth Campus). Both cases are close contacts of previously reported cases. Although these cases were reported yesterday, because they came in after yesterday’s cut-off for reporting, they will appear on the COVID-19 data dashboard today.

Two new cases are in Eastern Zone. Both are close contacts of previously reported cases.

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

There is limited community spread in Central Zone. Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 182 active cases of COVID-19. There are 22 people in hospital, including seven in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 53 for non-ICU, and 55 for people in ICU.

On June 6, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,057 tests.

As of June 6, 637,911 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 44,567 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since April 1, there have been 3,935 positive COVID-19 cases and 22 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 3,731 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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to June 13, 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

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)

June 4 7:25 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 251 active cases of COVID-19. 15 new cases of COVID-19 and 37 recoveries 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, provided a livestreamed update  today, June 4 at 2:00 p.m.

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Voluntary Airport Testing for Travellers, Changes to Self-isolation Requirements for Vaccinated Rotational Workers

Starting June 8, travellers flying into Nova Scotia can receive a COVID-19 test kit at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

Also effective June 8, there will be changes to self-isolation requirements for rotational workers based on vaccine status.

The release is available in English and in French. Please see attached for a FAQ.

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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–15 New Cases of COVID-19, 37 Recoveries

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Today, June 4, Nova Scotia is reporting 15 new cases of COVID-19 and 37 recoveries.

There are nine new cases in Central Zone. Six of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases, two are related to travel and one is under investigation.

Six cases are in Eastern Zone. Four of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases and two are related to travel.

There is limited community spread in Central Zone. Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

Nova Scotia will report breakthrough cases weekly, starting today. A breakthrough case involves a person becoming COVID-19 positive two weeks after receiving either one or two doses of COVID-19 vaccine. These cases will also be reported weekly on the province’s COVID-19 data dashboard starting next Friday, June 11.

There have been 3,902 cases from March 15 to June 1, 2021. Of those:

— 24 (0.6 per cent) were fully vaccinated

— 187 (4.8 per cent) were partially vaccinated

— 3,691 (94.6 per cent) were unvaccinated

242 individuals were hospitalized, of those:

— 2 (0.8 per cent) were fully vaccinated

— 26 (10.7 per cent) were partially vaccinated

— 214 (88.4 per cent) were unvaccinated

19 individuals died, of those:

— 1 (5.3 per cent) was fully vaccinated

— 2 (10.5 per cent) were partially vaccinated

— 16 (84.2 per cent) were unvaccinated

As of today, Nova Scotia has 251 active cases of COVID-19. There are 21 people in hospital, including eight in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 52.5 for non-ICU, and 55.5 for people in ICU.

On June 3, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 4,557 tests.

There were 14,783 tests administered between May 28 and June 3 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Dartmouth, Halifax and Sydney.

As of June 3, 621,661 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 44,188 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since April 1, there have been 3,891 positive COVID-19 cases and 22 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 3,618 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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to June 13, 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/coronavirus/docs/reopening-safely-with-COVID-19-plan-overview.pdf

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

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)

June 3 7:30 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 273 active cases of COVID-19. One death, 25 new cases of COVID-19 and 60 recoveries 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, June 4 at 2:00 p.m.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Second Dose Rescheduling

Nova Scotians who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine between March 11 and 21 and are scheduled to receive their second dose between June 24 and July 3 can now reschedule their appointments for earlier dates.

The release is available in English and 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 Death, 25 New Cases of COVID-19, 60 Recoveries

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Today, June 3, Nova Scotia is reporting one death related to COVID-19. A man in his 30s has died in Central Zone.

Nova Scotia is also reporting 25 new cases of COVID-19 and 60 recoveries.

There are 15 new cases in Central Zone. Eleven of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases, two are related to travel and two are under investigation.

Eight cases are in Eastern Zone. Six of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases, one is related to travel and one is under investigation.

Two cases are in Northern Zone. One is related to travel and the other is under investigation.

There is limited community spread in Central Zone. Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

“On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I wish to offer sincere condolences to the family and friends who are mourning the loss of a loved one,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Please get vaccinated as soon as you can, get tested on a regular basis and follow the restrictions and public health measures.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 273 active cases of COVID-19. There are 22 people in hospital, including nine in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 52.5 for non-ICU, and 55.5 for people in ICU.

On June 2, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 5,235 tests.

As of June 2, 608,488 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 43,917 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“My thoughts and prayers are with those who are grieving,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “This is the youngest Nova Scotian who has died from COVID-19 and is a stark reminder that the virus can have devastating impacts. Do your part and book your vaccine appointment if you haven’t done so already. Together we can slow the spread of the virus.”

Since April 1, there have been 3,876 positive COVID-19 cases and 22 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 3,581 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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to June 13, 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/coronavirus/docs/reopening-safely-with-COVID-19-plan-overview.pdf

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

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)

June 1 6:35 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 369 active cases of COVID-19. 12 new cases of COVID-19 and 91 recoveries 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, June 2 at 3:00 p.m.

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Nova Scotia Resumes Use of AstraZeneca Vaccine

Nova Scotia will resume the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for second doses only, effective today, June 1.

The decision comes after the National Advisory Committee on Immunization updated its guidance on the interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccines approved for use by Health Canada.

The release is available in English and 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–12 New Cases of COVID-19, 91 Recoveries

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Today, June 1, Nova Scotia is reporting 12 new cases of COVID-19 and 91 recoveries.

There are eight new cases in Central Zone. Six of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases and two cases are under investigation.

Three cases are in Eastern Zone. Two of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases and the other case is under investigation.

One case is in Northern Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

There is limited community spread in Central Zone. Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

“I’m pleased to see our cases trending downward and Nova Scotians should be proud of their efforts,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “But just because we are seeing fewer cases does not mean we can disregard the public health measures. We are in a good position as we enter Phase 1 of our reopening plan tomorrow. Let’s continue do our part by following the public health protocols and getting tested for COVID-19.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 369 active cases of COVID-19. There are 38 people in hospital, including 15 in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 53 for non-ICU, and 55.5 for people in ICU.

On May 31, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 3,576 tests.

As of May 31, 588,991 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 43,561 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“While I’m encouraged to see low case numbers being reported, I want to remind Nova Scotians to remain vigilant and follow all the public health measures and protocols,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “The quickest way we will work through our reopening plan is by adhering to the restrictions that are in place. The decision to move to the next phase is not only based on COVID-19 activity, but also on public health and testing capacity, hospitalizations and vaccination rates.”

Since April 1, there have been 3,837 positive COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 3,449 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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to June 13, 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/coronavirus/docs/reopening-safely-with-COVID-19-plan-overview.pdf

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

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)

May 31 6:35 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 448 active cases of COVID-19. 17 new cases of COVID-19 and 74 recoveries 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, provided a livestreamed update  today, May 31 at 3:00 p.m.

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In-person Classes to Resume in Halifax Regional Municipality, Sydney

In-person classes at public and private schools in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and Sydney will resume on Thursday, June 3.

This decision is based on advice from public health about the province’s improving epidemiology. All public health measures as outlined in Nova Scotia’s Back to School plan will remain in place.

The release is available in English and 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–17 New Cases of COVID-19, 74 Recoveries

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Today, May 31, Nova Scotia is reporting 17 new cases of COVID-19 and 74 recoveries.

All the new cases are in Central Zone.

There is limited community spread in Central Zone. Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 448 active cases of COVID-19. There are 40 people in hospital, including 16 in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 52.5 for non-ICU, and 55.5 for people in ICU.

On May 30, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 3,781 tests.

As of May 30, 583,873 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 43,463 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since April 1, there have been 3,825 positive COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 3,358 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Travel within Nova Scotia:

Nova Scotians should remain as close to their home and community as possible, unless travel is essential for work, caregiving, necessary shopping or medical appointments, including vaccination appointments. In this instance, ‘community’ is defined as one’s municipality or county. Detailed information is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .

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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to June 13, 2021

— due to an increased number of investigations, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not available by release time; a breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly

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/coronavirus/docs/reopening-safely-with-COVID-19-plan-overview.pdf

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

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)

May 28 8:30 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 585 active cases of COVID-19. One death, 40 new cases of COVID-19 and 92 recoveries 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, provided a livestreamed update  today, May 28 at 3:00 p.m.

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Nova Scotia Gradually Reopening for Summer

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced today, May 28, that the province will reopen gradually under a five-phase plan. The release is available in English and in French. Please see attached for updated FAQs.

The reopening plan can be found at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/docs/reopening-safely-with-COVID-19-plan-overview.pdf

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In-person Classes to Resume in Most Regions, Licensed Child Care Returns to Full Capacity

 

In-person classes will resume Wednesday, June 2, at all Nova Scotia public and private schools outside of Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and Sydney.

Also on June 2, licensed child-care centres and family daycare homes across the province can return to 100 per cent capacity. The release is available in English and 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:

May 27 6:20 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 638 active cases of COVID-19. 33 new cases of COVID-19 and 182 recoveries 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, May 28 at 3:00 p.m.

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People Aged 12 to 19 Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

Starting today, May 27, COVID-19 vaccine appointments are open to booking provincewide for people aged 12 and older.

Nova Scotia currently has two vaccines approved for use. The Pfizer vaccine is available to anyone 12 and older. The Moderna vaccine is only available to people 18 and older. The release is available in English and in French.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet in 12 Languages

 

A fact sheet about the COVID vaccine and how to get it has been translated into Arabic, Cantonese, Farsi, Mi’kmaq, Nepali, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya, and Traditional Chinese. It is available in these 10 languages, as well as English and French, at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/resources/#vaccination . The French fact sheet can be found here:  https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/resources/fr/.

The English and French versions are attached.

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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–33 New Cases of COVID-19, 182 Recoveries

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Today, May 27, Nova Scotia is reporting 33 new cases of COVID-19 and 182 recoveries.

There are 18 cases in Eastern Zone, 14 in Central Zone and one in Northern Zone.

One of the cases in Eastern Zone involves a staff member at Harbourstone Enhanced Care, a long-term care facility in Sydney. Public health is providing direction on isolation and other requirements.

There is still community spread in Central Zone and limited community spread in Sydney. Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

“We continue to see virus activity across the province, which serves as a reminder of the importance of going out and getting tested, even if you have no symptoms,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Testing helps detect cases early on, which helps to manage and limit the spread of the virus.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 638 active cases of COVID-19. There are 63 people in hospital, including 21 in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 52 for non-ICU, and 57 for people in ICU.

On May 26, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 6,413 tests.

As of May 26, 542,196 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 42,904 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“We just opened up vaccine booking eligibility to people 12 and older, and I encourage parents and guardians to talk with their children about the vaccine,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “By getting vaccinated you are protecting yourself, your friends and family, and your community.”

Since April 1, there have been 3,715 positive COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 3,064 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Travel within Nova Scotia:

Nova Scotians should remain as close to their home and community as possible, unless travel is essential for work, caregiving, necessary shopping or medical appointments, including vaccination appointments. In this instance, ‘community’ is defined as one’s municipality or county. Detailed information is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .

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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to May 30, 2021

— due to an increased number of investigations, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not available by release time; a breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly

Additional Resources:

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

More information on testing for the Sydney, Bridgewater and Annapolis Valley areas can be found at: https://www.nshealth.ca/news/public-health-increasing-covid-19-testing-capacity-across-province-address-areas-concern-0

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

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)

May 26 6:40 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 787 active cases of COVID-19. 37 new cases of COVID-19 and 94 recoveries are being reported in Nova Scotia today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Province Strengthens Support for Restaurant and Bar Industry

The Nova Scotia government is amending the Liquor Licensing Regulations to help the restaurant and bar industry while ensuring protections are still in place for the safe and responsible sale and consumption of alcohol. The release is available in English.

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Vaccinate NS Facebook Profile Frame

 

A Vaccinate NS frame is available for your Facebook profile photo. By following the simple instructions attached, you can choose from multiple frame options,  including English, French, Gaelic, Mi’kmaw and English in an African Nova Scotian colour palette. The Facebook frames match the “Be Part of Way Forward” vaccine campaign that is currently in market in Nova Scotia. The hashtag is #VaccinateNS.

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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–37 New Cases of COVID-19, 94 Recoveries

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Today, May 26, Nova Scotia is reporting 37 new cases of COVID-19 and 94 recoveries.

There are 22 cases in Central Zone, 11 in Eastern Zone and four in Northern Zone.

There is still community spread in Central Zone and limited community spread in Sydney. Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

“Nova Scotians are eager to get back to doing the things they love,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “The quickest way to do this is by following the public health measures, getting tested regularly, and booking your COVID-19 vaccine appointment when it is your turn. Together we can slow the spread of the virus.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 787 active cases of COVID-19. There are 72 people in hospital, including 19 in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 52 for non-ICU, and 58 for people in ICU.

On May 25, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 5,023 tests.

As of May 25, 521,053 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 42,205 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“I am pleased to see that our vaccine rollout is ahead of schedule. When the opportunity comes, please do your part by booking your appointment,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “The sooner we get to population immunity, the sooner we get to our new normal.”

Since April 1, there have been 3,682 positive COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 2,882 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Travel within Nova Scotia:

Nova Scotians should remain as close to their home and community as possible, unless travel is essential for work, caregiving, necessary shopping or medical appointments, including vaccination appointments. In this instance, ‘community’ is defined as one’s municipality or county. Detailed information is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .

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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to May 30, 2021

— due to an increased number of investigations, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not available by release time; a breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly

Additional Resources:

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

More information on testing for the Sydney, Bridgwater and Annapolis Valley areas can be found at: https://www.nshealth.ca/news/public-health-increasing-covid-19-testing-capacity-across-province-address-areas-concern-0

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

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)

May 25 7:40 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 846 active cases of COVID-19. 54 new cases of COVID-19 and 102 recoveries 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, provided a livestreamed update  today, May 25 at 3:00 p.m.

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People Aged 20 to 24 Now Eligible for Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines

 

Starting today, May 25, people aged 20 and older can book appointments for the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at clinics across the province. The release is available in English and in French. Please see attached for an updated FAQ.

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Vaccine Plan Ahead of Schedule, Earlier Second Doses

Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan is ahead of schedule. People 20 and older became eligible to book a vaccine today, May 25, and those 12 and older will become eligible to book an appointment by the end of May.

The province also has a plan to speed up the delivery of second doses by two to four weeks. The release is available in English and 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–54 New Cases of COVID-19, 102 Recoveries

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Today, May 25, Nova Scotia is reporting 54 new cases of COVID-19 and 102 recoveries.

There are 35 cases in Central Zone, 15 in Eastern Zone, three in Northern Zone and one in Western Zone. Cumulative cases by zone have changed as data was recently updated in Panorama. Changes can occur when large volumes of case data are validated at one time.

Starting today, the province will start reporting episode date on the COVID-19 data dashboard. Episode date is the date of illness onset; when a person first starts experiencing symptoms. If the person is asymptomatic, it is defined as the date the laboratory specimen was collected.

There is community spread in Central Zone and in Sydney. Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 846 active cases of COVID-19. There are 72 people in hospital, including 20 in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 53 for non-ICU, and 58 for people in ICU.

On May 24, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 3,973 tests.

As of May 24, 510,054 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 41,479 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since April 1, there have been 3,647 positive COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 2,788 resolved cases.

Travel within Nova Scotia:

Nova Scotians should remain as close to their home and community as possible, unless travel is essential for work, caregiving, necessary shopping or medical appointments, including vaccination appointments. In this instance, ‘community’ is defined as one’s municipality or county. Detailed information is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .

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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to May 30, 2021

— due to an increased number of investigations, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not available by release time; a breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly

Additional Resources:

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

More information on testing for the Sydney, Bridgwater and Annapolis Valley areas can be found at: https://www.nshealth.ca/news/public-health-increasing-covid-19-testing-capacity-across-province-address-areas-concern-0

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

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)

May 21 7:10 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,028 active cases of COVID-19. Two deaths, 84 new cases of COVID-19 and 197 recoveries 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, provided a livestreamed update  today, May 21 at 2:00 p.m.

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Province Increases Support for Businesses

 

The Nova Scotia government is investing $17.2 million more in the Small Business Impact Grant Part 3 program to support small businesses affected by the ongoing provincial COVID-19 restrictions. The release is available in English.

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Moving to Nova Scotia, Travelling from Prince Edward Island

 

The Nova Scotia government is expanding the criteria for people who are moving to the province and adding flexibility for travel from Prince Edward Island. The release is available in English and in French.

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More Options for Residential Rental Property Showings

 

To ensure the health and safety of tenants and landlords, the province is introducing new options for showing residential rental properties during the third wave of COVID-19. The release is available in English.

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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–Two Deaths, 84 New Cases of COVID-19, 197 Recoveries

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Today, May 21, Nova Scotia is reporting two deaths related to COVID-19. Two men in their 70s have died in Central Zone.

There have now been 76 COVID-19 related deaths in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia is also reporting 84 new cases of COVID-19 and 197 recoveries today.

There are 66 cases in Central Zone, 11 in Eastern Zone, six in Northern Zone and one in Western Zone.

One case in Central Zone is a staff member of Melville Lodge, a nursing home in Halifax. At the direction of public health and as an added precaution, residents and staff from the affected unit are being tested. Most residents have been fully vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

There is community spread in Central Zone and in Sydney. Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread. There are some areas of concern, particularly in Bridgewater, New Minas and Kentville. Testing has been increased in these areas.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,028 active cases of COVID-19. There are 84 people in hospital, including 21 in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 55 for non-ICU, and 59 for people in ICU.

On May 19, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 7,041 tests.

There were 27,953 tests administered between May 14 and 20 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Sydney, Dartmouth, Halifax, Bridgewater, New Minas and Kingston.

As of May 20, 483,549 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 40,900 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since April 1, there have been 3,407 positive COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 2,369 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Travel within Nova Scotia:

Nova Scotians should remain as close to their home and community as possible, unless travel is essential for work, caregiving, necessary shopping or medical appointments, including vaccination appointments. In this instance, ‘community’ is defined as one’s municipality or county. Detailed information is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .

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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to May 30, 2021

— due to an increased number of investigations, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not available by release time; a breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly

Additional Resources:

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

More information on testing for the Sydney, Bridgwater and Annapolis Valley areas can be found at: https://www.nshealth.ca/news/public-health-increasing-covid-19-testing-capacity-across-province-address-areas-concern-0

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

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)

May 20 6:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,143 active cases of COVID-19. 65 new cases of COVID-19  and 184 recoveries 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, May 21 at 2:00 p.m.

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People Aged 25 to 29 Now Eligible for Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines

 

Starting today, May 20, people aged 25 and older can book appointments for the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at clinics across the province. The release is available in English and in French. Please see attached for an updated FAQ.

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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:

May 19 6:55 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,262 active cases of COVID-19. Two deaths, 83 new cases of COVID-19 and 164 recoveries 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, provided a livestreamed update  today, May 19 at 3:00 p.m.

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Restrictions Extended into June

 

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced today, May 19, that current public health restrictions will remain in place across Nova Scotia until at least the second week of June. The release is available in English and in French. Please see attached for updated FAQs.

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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–Two Deaths, 83 New Cases of COVID-19, 164 Recoveries

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Today, May 19, Nova Scotia is reporting two deaths related to COVID-19. A man in his 60s has died in Eastern Zone and a woman in her 60s has died in Central Zone.

There have now been 74 COVID-19 related deaths in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia is also reporting 83 new cases of COVID-19 and 164 recoveries today.

There are 59 cases in Central Zone, 19 in Eastern Zone, three in Western Zone and two in Northern Zone.

An additional patient in a non-COVID unit at the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre has tested positive for COVID-19. The other patients in the non-COVID unit have tested negative and are being closely monitored. As a precaution, Nova Scotia Health Authority is testing staff and doctors who have worked in the unit.

Two of the cases in the Eastern Zone involve a resident and outside agency staff member at Harbourstone Enhanced Care, a long-term care facility in Sydney. A third case in the Eastern Zone involves a staff member of My Cape Breton Home for Seniors in North Sydney. Staff and residents in the impacted units of both facilities are being tested and residents are being cared for in their rooms. Most residents of both facilities have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

One of the cases in Central Zone involves a staff member at The Ivy Meadows, a long-term care facility in Beaver Bank. This is the second case involving a staff member at this facility. Most residents have been fully vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

There is community spread in Central Zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread. There are some areas of concern, particularly in Sydney, Bridgewater and the Annapolis Valley from New Minas to Kentville. Testing has been increased in these areas.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,262 active cases of COVID-19. There are 101 people in hospital, including 20 in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 57 for non-ICU, and 59 for people in ICU.

On May 18, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 7,324 tests.

As of May 18, 442,535 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 40,096 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since April 1, there have been 3,258 positive COVID-19 cases and eight deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 1,988 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Travel within Nova Scotia:

Nova Scotians should remain as close to their home and community as possible, unless travel is essential for work, caregiving, necessary shopping or medical appointments, including vaccination appointments. In this instance, ‘community’ is defined as one’s municipality or county. Detailed information is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .

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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to May 30, 2021

— due to an increased number of investigations, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not available by release time; a breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly

Additional Resources:

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

More information on testing for the Sydney, Bridgwater and Annapolis Valley areas can be found at: https://www.nshealth.ca/news/public-health-increasing-covid-19-testing-capacity-across-province-address-areas-concern-0

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

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)

May 18  6:30 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,345 active cases of COVID-19. 90 new cases of COVID-19  and 180 recoveries 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, May 19 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–90 New Cases of COVID-19, 180 Recoveries

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Today, May 18, Nova Scotia is reporting 90 new cases of COVID-19 and 180 recoveries.

There are 64 cases in Central Zone, 17 in Eastern Zone, seven in Northern Zone and two in Western Zone.

“I am pleased that the number of recoveries remains substantially higher than the number of new cases,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “If we continue to follow public health restrictions, we will get through this third wave together.”

There is community spread in Central Zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread. There are some areas of concern, particularly in Sydney, Bridgewater, New Minas and Kentville. Testing has been increased in these areas.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,345 active cases of COVID-19. There are 103 people in hospital, including 25 in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 56.5 for non-ICU, and 59 for people in ICU.

On May 17, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 6,216 tests.

As of May 17, 436,054 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 39,561 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“Over 70,000 Nova Scotians are scheduled to receive their vaccine this week,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “When you are eligible to book your vaccine, please do so, and when you get your first dose, encourage your friends and family to get theirs, too. Let’s be a part of the way forward.”

Since April 1, there have been 3,175 positive COVID-19 cases and six deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 1,824 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Travel within Nova Scotia:

Nova Scotians should remain as close to their home and community as possible, unless travel is essential for work, caregiving, necessary shopping or medical appointments, including vaccination appointments. In this instance, ‘community’ is defined as one’s municipality or county. Detailed information is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .

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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites if they are not showing symptoms but 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to May 30, 2021

— due to an increased number of investigations, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not available by release time; a breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly

Additional Resources:

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

More information on testing for the Sydney, Bridgwater and Annapolis Valley areas can be found at: https://www.nshealth.ca/news/public-health-increasing-covid-19-testing-capacity-across-province-address-areas-concern-0

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

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)

May 17 7:10 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,435 active cases of COVID-19. 91 new cases of COVID-19  and 187 recoveries 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, provided a livestreamed update  today, May 17 at 3:00 p.m.

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People Aged 30 to 34 Now Eligible for Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines

 

Starting today, May 17, people aged 30 and older can book appointments for the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at clinics across the province. The release is available in English and in French. Please see attached for an updated FAQ.

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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–91 New Cases of COVID-19, 187 Recoveries

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Today, May 17, Nova Scotia is reporting 91 new cases of COVID-19 and 187 recoveries.

There are 66 cases in Central Zone, 17 in Eastern Zone, five in Northern Zone and three in Western Zone.

Two additional patients in a non-COVID unit at the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre have tested positive for COVID-19. They have been transferred to the COVID-19 unit. The other patients in the non-COVID unit have tested negative and are being closely monitored. As a precaution, Nova Scotia Health Authority is testing staff and doctors who have worked in the unit.

There is community spread in Central Zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread. There are some areas of concern, particularly in Sydney, Bridgewater and the Annapolis Valley from New Minas to Kentville. Testing has been increased in these areas.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,435 active cases of COVID-19. There are 95 people in hospital, including 21 in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 56.5 for non-ICU, and 59 for people in ICU.

On May 16, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 7,536 tests.

As of May 16, 430,856 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 39,235 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since April 1, there have been 3,085 positive COVID-19 cases and six deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 1,644 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Travel within Nova Scotia:

Nova Scotians should remain as close to their home and community as possible, unless travel is essential for work, caregiving, necessary shopping or medical appointments, including vaccination appointments. In this instance, ‘community’ is defined as one’s municipality or county. Detailed information is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .

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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites if they are not showing symptoms but 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to May 30, 2021

— due to an increased number of investigations, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not available by release time; a breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly

Additional Resources:

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

More information on testing for the Sydney, Bridgwater and Annapolis Valley areas can be found at: https://www.nshealth.ca/news/public-health-increasing-covid-19-testing-capacity-across-province-address-areas-concern-0

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

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)

May 14 6:10 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,537 active cases of COVID-19. One death, 117 new cases of COVID-19  and 151 recoveries 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, provided a livestreamed update  today, May 14 at 2:00 p.m.

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People Aged 35 to 39 Now Eligible for Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines

 

Starting today, May 14, people aged 35 and older can book appointments for the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at clinics across the province. The release is available in English and in French. Please see attached for an updated FAQ.

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Injunction Granted to Stop Anti-Vaccine, Anti-Lockdown Protests

The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has ordered a halt to anti-vaccine and anti-public health order protests, effective immediately. The release is available in English.
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Expanded Small Business Real Property Tax Rebate Program Opens

More types of businesses are now eligible for the Small Business Real Property Tax Rebate Program, which opened to applications today, May 14. The release is available in English.

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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 Death,117 New Cases of COVID-19, State of Emergency Renewed

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Today, May 14, Nova Scotia is reporting a death related to COVID-19. A man in his 80s has died in Central Zone.

There have now been 72 COVID-19 related deaths in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia is also reporting 117 new cases of COVID-19 and 151 recoveries today.

There are 97 cases in Central Zone, nine in Eastern Zone, seven in Western Zone and four in Northern Zone.

A ninth patient in a non-COVID unit at the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre has tested positive for COVID-19. The other patients in the non-COVID unit have tested negative and are being closely monitored. As a precaution, Nova Scotia Health Authority is testing staff and doctors who have worked in the unit.

One of the cases in Western Zone is a resident of Harbour View Haven, a nursing home in Lunenburg. Staff and residents from the affected unit are being tested. At the direction of public health and as an added precaution, some residents are being isolated and cared for in their rooms. Most residents have been fully vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

There is community spread in Central Zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,537 active cases of COVID-19. There are 89 people in hospital, including 21 in ICU.

On May 13, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 7,779 tests.

There were 41,331 rapid tests administered between May 7 and 13.

As of May 13, 415,570 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 38,830 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since April 1, there have been 2,782 positive COVID-19 cases and six deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 1,239 resolved cases. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 55 for non-ICU, and 59 for people in ICU. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Travel within Nova Scotia:

Nova Scotians should remain as close to their home and community as possible, unless travel is essential for work, caregiving, necessary shopping or medical appointments, including vaccination appointments. In this instance, ‘community’ is defined as one’s municipality or county. Detailed information is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .

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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites if they are not showing symptoms but 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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.

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, May 16, and extend to noon, Sunday, May 30, unless government terminates or extends it.

Quick Facts:

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020, and extended to May 30, 2021

— due to an increased number of investigations, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not available by release time; a breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly

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

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

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)

May 13 6:50 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,572 active cases of COVID-19. 110 new cases of COVID-19 and 155 recoveries 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, May 13 at 1:00 p.m.

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New Travel Application Process

Starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 14, permanent Nova Scotia residents and people travelling for essential reasons must apply to enter the province. The release is available in English and in French. Please see attached for an updated FAQ.

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Vaccine Plan on Track, 400,000 Doses Administered

 

The province reached 400,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in arms today, May 13. The release is available in English and 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–110 New Cases of COVID-19, 155 Recoveries

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Today, May 13, Nova Scotia is reporting 110 new cases of COVID-19 and 155 recoveries.

There are 83 cases in Central Zone, 12 in Eastern Zone, nine in Western Zone and six in Northern Zone.

Eight patients in a non-COVID unit at the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre have been identified as positive for COVID-19. They have been transferred to a COVID-19 unit. The other patients in the non-COVID unit have tested negative and are being closely monitored. As a precaution, Nova Scotia Health Authority is testing staff and doctors who have worked in the unit.

There is community spread in Central Zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread. Public health has cleared the backlog of positive cases and resumed normal processes for contacting cases and contacts.

“I am pleased that case numbers are not rising in Central Zone where the outbreak has been most serious,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “We all must keep at it to ensure that we stop the spread of fast-moving variants. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home. By following the public health measures, we are working to keep each other safe.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,572 active cases of COVID-19. There are 85 people in hospital, including 15 in ICU.

On May 12, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 7,205 tests.

As of May 12, 402,733 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 38,421 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“We are seeing early signs that our case numbers are declining, which is an indication that the restrictions that are in place are working,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “The cases we are seeing have fewer close contacts than cases in previous weeks. We’re headed in the right direction, so let’s keep up the good work by strictly adhering to the public health protocols.”

Since April 1, there have been 2,665 positive COVID-19 cases and five deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 1,088 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Travel within Nova Scotia:

Nova Scotians should remain as close to their home and community as possible, unless travel is essential for work, caregiving, necessary shopping or medical appointments, including vaccination appointments. In this instance, ‘community’ is defined as one’s municipality or county. Detailed information is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .

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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites if they are not showing symptoms but 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to May 16, 2021

— due to an increased number of investigations, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not available by release time; a breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly

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

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

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)

May 12 6:55 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,621 active cases of COVID-19. 149 new cases of COVID-19  and 119 recoveries 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, provided a livestreamed update  today, May 12 at 3:00 p.m.

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Nova Scotia Pauses Use of AstraZeneca Vaccine

Nova Scotia will pause the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine as the first dose effective today, May 12.

The decision is based on an abundance of caution due to an observed increase in the rare blood clotting condition linked to this vaccine and because Nova Scotia has enough mRNA vaccine to immunize people age 40 and older.

The release is available in English and in French. Please see attached for updated FAQs.

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Access to Paid Sick Leave for Nova Scotians

Nova Scotians who must take time off work due to COVID-19 may now qualify for up to four paid sick days under Nova Scotia’s new COVID-19 Sick Leave Program. The $16 million program is expected to help more than 100,000 Nova Scotians.

The release is available in English. Please see attached for updated FAQs.

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Provincial Parks Delay Camping Season

Nova Scotia Provincial Parks is delaying the start of camping season at provincial camping parks until at least June 1 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The release is available in English. Please see attached for updated FAQs.

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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–149 New Cases of COVID-19, 119 Recoveries

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Today, May 12, Nova Scotia is reporting 149 new cases of COVID-19 and 119 recoveries.

There are 116 cases in Central Zone, 13 in Western Zone, 11 in Eastern Zone and nine in Northern Zone.

There is community spread in Central Zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread. Public health has cleared the backlog of positive cases. All positive cases have been contacted and entered into Panorama, the data system. Public health has resumed contacting new positive cases after receiving lab confirmation.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,621 active cases of COVID-19. There are 73 people in hospital, including 14 in ICU.

On May 11, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 7,289 tests.

As of May 11, 387,683 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 38,152 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since April 1, there have been 2,559 positive COVID-19 cases and five deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 933 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Travel within Nova Scotia:

Nova Scotians should remain as close to their home and community as possible, unless travel is essential for work, caregiving, necessary shopping or medical appointments, including vaccination appointments. In this instance, ‘community’ is defined as one’s municipality or county. Detailed information is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .

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 strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites if they are not showing symptoms but 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. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

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 mild symptoms, including:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/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 extended to May 16, 2021

— due to an increased number of investigations, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not available by release time; a breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly

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

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

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)

May 11  6:15 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,591 active cases of COVID-19. 118 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, May 12 at 3:00 p.m.

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People Aged 40 to 44 Now Eligible for Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines

Starting today, May 11, people aged 40 and older can book appointments for the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at clinics across the province. The release is available in English and in French. Please see attached for an updated FAQ.

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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–118 New Cases of COVID-19

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Nova Scotia is reporting 118 new cases of COVID-19 today, May 11.

There are 98 cases in Central Zone, 11 in Eastern Zone, five in Western Zone and four in Northern Zone.

“This week is National Nurses Week. On behalf of all Nova Scotians, thank you. Each and every one of you plays a critical role within the health-care sector. Thank you for the many sacrifices you have made,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Let’s show our support and appreciation to all nurses by following the public health measures.”

There is community spread in Central Zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread. Public health continues to work through the backlog of positive cases that need to be contacted and entered into Panorama, the data system. To allow for timely notification, public health is contacting confirmed COVID-19 cases and close contacts by text message when possible.

Nova Scotia Health has created a team that is immediately calling all positive cases to advise they are positive and determine whether they need supports. Public health will continue to do detailed follow up on cases and contacts as soon as they are able.

Given delays, anyone tested due to a potential exposure, because they have symptoms, or were advised by public health that they were a close contact or needed to self-isolate until receiving test results, should continue to self-isolate until they receive a negative result. Their household should also isolate until contacted. Close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases and those who were present at high-risk exposure locations are required to self-isolate for a full 14 days, regardless of their test result. In addition, anyone who becomes unwell should assume that they have COVID-19, isolate along with their household and arrange testing.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,591 active cases of COVID-19. There are 64 people in hospital, including 10 in ICU.

On May 10, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 4,421 tests.

As of May 10, 374,903 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 37,784 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“I want to thank Nova Scotians for their continued support, hard work and commitment to following the public health protocols,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We are asking people to stick as close to home as possible and only travel outside your community when absolutely necessary. Everyone needs to use their judgment about what is necessary.”

Since April 1, there have been 2,410 positive COVID-19 cases and five deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 814 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Nova Scotia is currently under stronger restrictions to protect public health. In an effort to stop the spread of the virus, Nova Scotians are required to remain in their own communities except for essential travel for work, necessary shopping and medical appointments, including vaccination appointments. In this instance ‘community’ is defined as one’s municipality or county and Nova Scotians should remain as close to home as possible. Detailed information is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites if they are not showing symptoms but want to be tested. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing has reopened at the primary assessment centres across the province. To book an appointment, visit: https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en

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 mild symptoms, including:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (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.  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 instances. Information is at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/masks/ .

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 May 16, 2021

— due to an increased number of investigations in recent days, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not available by release time; a breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly

Additional Resources:

More information about public health contacting positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts by text message 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

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/

May 10  6:10 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,655 active cases of COVID-19. 121 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, provided a livestreamed update  today, May 10 at 3:00 p.m.

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New Border Restrictions in Effect

New border measures took effect today, May 10, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Only permanent residents of Nova Scotia and people travelling for essential reasons can enter the province.

The release is available in English and in French. Please see attached for updated FAQs.

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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–121 New Cases of COVID-19

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Nova Scotia is reporting 121 new cases of COVID-19 today, May 10.

There are 94 cases in Central Zone, 16 in Eastern Zone, six in Western Zone and five in Northern Zone.

There is community spread in Central Zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

Public health continues to work through the backlog of positive cases that need to be contacted and entered into Panorama, the data system. To allow for timely notification, public health is contacting confirmed COVID-19 cases and close contacts by text message when possible.

Nova Scotia Health has created a team that is immediately calling all positive cases to advise they are positive and determine whether they need supports. Public health will continue to do detailed follow up on cases and contacts as soon as they are able.

Given delays, anyone tested due to a potential exposure, because they have symptoms, or were advised by public health that they were a close contact or needed to self-isolate until receiving test results, should continue to self-isolate until they receive a negative result. Their household should also isolate until contacted. Close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases and those who were present at high-risk exposure locations are required to self-isolate for a full 14 days, regardless of their test result. In addition, anyone who becomes unwell should assume that they have COVID-19, isolate along with their household and arrange testing.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,655 active cases of COVID-19. There are 58 people in hospital, including nine in ICU.

On May 9, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 5,021 tests.

As of May 9, 366,089 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 37,699 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since April 1, there have been 2,296 positive COVID-19 cases and five deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 636 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Nova Scotia is currently under stronger restrictions to protect public health. In an effort to stop the spread of the virus, Nova Scotians are required to remain in their own communities except for essential travel for work, necessary shopping and medical appointments, including vaccination appointments. In this instance ‘community’ is defined as one’s municipality or county and Nova Scotians should remain as close to home as possible. Detailed information is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites if they are not showing symptoms but want to be tested. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing has reopened at the primary assessment centres across the province. To book an appointment, visit: https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en

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 mild symptoms, including:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (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.  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 instances. Information is at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/masks/ .

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 May 16, 2021

— due to an increased number of investigations in recent days, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not available by release time. A breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly

Additional Resources:

More information about public health contacting positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts by text message 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

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/

May 7   6:55 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,464 active cases of COVID-19. One death and 227 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, provided a livestreamed update  today, May 7 at 1:00 p.m.

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Border and Other Restrictions to Reduce Spread of COVID-19

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced further restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 today, May 7.

The measures include extended school closures, tighter border restrictions and isolation requirements for rotational workers, and limits on shoppers. The release is available in English and in French. Please see attached for updated FAQs.

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People Aged 45 to 49 Now Eligible for Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines

Starting today, May 7, people aged 45 and older can book appointments for the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at clinics across the province. The release is available in English and 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 Death, 227 New Cases of COVID-19

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Today, May 7, Nova Scotia is reporting a death related to COVID-19. A woman in her 70s has died in Central Zone.

There have now been 70 COVID-19 related deaths in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia is also reporting 227 new cases of COVID-19 today.

There are 202 cases in Central Zone, 14 in Eastern Zone, nine in Western Zone and two in Northern Zone.

There is community spread in Central Zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

Public health also continues to work through the backlog in data entry into Panorama and contacting new cases. Given delays, anyone tested due to a potential exposure, because they have symptoms, or were advised by public health to self-isolate until receiving test results, should continue to self-isolate until they receive a negative result. Their household should also isolate until contacted. Close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases and those who were present at high-risk exposure locations are required to self-isolate for a full 14 days, regardless of test result.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,464 active cases of COVID-19. There are 50 people in hospital, including nine in ICU.

On May 6, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 7,816 tests.

There were 31,128 tests administered between April 30 and May 6 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Dartmouth, Halifax, Sydney and Bridgewater.

As of May 6, 356,978 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 37,630 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since April 1, there have been 1,849 positive COVID-19 cases and four deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 381 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Nova Scotia is currently under stronger restrictions to protect public health. In an effort to stop the spread of the virus, Nova Scotians are required to remain in their own communities except for essential travel for work, necessary shopping and medical appointments, including vaccination appointments. In this instance ‘community’ is defined as one’s municipality or county and Nova Scotians should remain as close to home as possible. Detailed information is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites if they are not showing symptoms but want to be tested. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing has reopened at the primary assessment centres across the province. To book an appointment, visit: https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en

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 mild symptoms, including:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (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.  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 instances. Information is at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/masks/ .

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 May 16, 2021

— due to an increased number of investigations in recent days, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not available by release time. A breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly

Additional Resources:

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

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/

May 6   6:20 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,309 active cases of COVID-19. 182 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, May 7 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–182 New Cases of COVID-19

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Nova Scotia is reporting 182 new cases of COVID-19 today, May 6.

There are 155 cases in Central Zone, 16 in Eastern Zone, seven in Northern Zone and four in Western Zone.

Two of the cases in Central Zone involve a staff member and resident of the Clarmar Residential Care Facility, a residential care home in Dartmouth. This is the third staff member and third resident at the facility to test positive.

There is community spread in Central Zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

“The third wave is driven by variants and they spread faster and easier,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “We are at a crucial point in the pandemic. Please stay close to home, don’t gather, and make getting tested for COVID-19 part of your regular routine.”

As reported April 30, due to the volume of testing in the province, there was a backlog at the Nova Scotia Health Authority lab and in public health’s case data entry into Panorama. The backlog at the lab has been resolved. The lab is now processing tests within 48 to 72 hours. Public health also continues to work through the backlog in data entry into Panorama and contacting new cases, which is expected to be resolved in the coming days.

Given high testing volumes, it may take Nova Scotians up to five to seven days to learn test results via the 1-844 COVID-19 test results phone line. People tested due to a potential exposure, because they have symptoms, or were advised by public health to self-isolate until receiving test results, should continue to self-isolate until they receive a negative result. Close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases and those who were present at high-risk exposure locations are required to self-isolate for a full 14 days, regardless of test result.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,309 active cases of COVID-19. There are 45 people in hospital, including nine in ICU.

On May 5, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 7,733 tests.

As of May 5, 347,283 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 37,346 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“We continue to see high case numbers but regardless of the numbers, COVID-19 is here and it’s widespread in the Halifax area,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “The restrictions in place are critical and we all need to follow them if we’re going to get this outbreak under control. They are difficult, but absolutely necessary.”

Since April 1, there have been 1,622 positive COVID-19 cases and three deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 310 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Nova Scotia is currently under stronger restrictions to protect public health. In an effort to stop the spread of the virus, Nova Scotians are required to remain in their own communities except for essential travel for work, necessary shopping and medical appointments including vaccination appointments. In this instance ‘community’ is defined as one’s municipality or county. Nova Scotians should remain as close to home as possible. Detailed information is available at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites if they are not showing symptoms but want to be tested. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province. More information on testing can be found at: https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing has reopened at the primary assessment centres across the province. To book an appointment, visit: https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en

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 mild symptoms, including:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (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 and 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 instances. Information is at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/masks/ .

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 May 16, 2021

— due to an increased number of investigations in recent days, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not available by release time. A breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly.

Additional Resources:

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

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/

May 5   5:50 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,203 active cases of COVID-19. 175 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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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–175 New Cases of COVID-19

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Nova Scotia is reporting 175 new cases of COVID-19 today, May 5.

There are 149 cases in Central Zone, 13 in Eastern Zone, nine in Western Zone and four in Northern Zone.

There is community spread in Central Zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

As reported April 30, due to the volume of testing in the province, there was a backlog at the Nova Scotia Health Authority lab and in public health’s case data entry into Panorama. The backlog at the lab has been resolved. The lab is now processing tests within 48-72 hours. Public health also continues to work through the backlog in case contact and data entry into Panorama and that is expected to be resolved in the coming days.

Given testing high testing volumes, it may take Nova Scotians up to five to seven days to learn test results via the 1-844 COVID test results phone line. People tested due to a potential exposure, because they have symptoms, or were advised by public health to self-isolate until receiving test results, should continue to self-isolate until they receive a negative result. Close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases and those who were present at high-risk exposure locations are required to self-isolate for a full 14 days, regardless of test result.

“We’re still dealing with very high case numbers that do involve the variants,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “I want to thank all Nova Scotians for following the restrictions. Please continue to do your part to protect your province and keep each other safe.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,203 active cases of COVID-19. There are 40 people in hospital, including nine in ICU.

On May 4, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 11,506 tests.

As of May 4, 334,775 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 36,858 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“Case numbers continue to be very high and that’s not unexpected,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health “As the lab worked through its backlog, positive cases were added into our data system and the data entry is still a bit behind. That delay is reflected in the high numbers we’re still seeing. The team is working hard and I expect data entry will catch up quickly. We should not take any comfort from this – even without a lag our numbers would still be too high. Nova Scotians need to stay the course and follow restrictions.”

Since April 1, there have been 1,440 positive COVID-19 cases and three deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 234 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Nova Scotia is currently under stronger restrictions to protect public health. Information at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites if they are not showing symptoms but want to be tested. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing has reopened at the primary assessment centres across the province. To book an appointment, visit: https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en

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 mild symptoms, including:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (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 and 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 instances. Information is at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/masks/ .

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 May 16, 2021

— due to an increased number of investigations in recent days, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not available by release time. A breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly.

Additional Resources:

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

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/

May 4   5:40 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,060 active cases of COVID-19. Two deaths and 153 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, provided a livestreamed update  today, Tuesday May 4 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–Two Deaths, 153 New Cases of COVID-19

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Today, May 4, Nova Scotia is reporting two deaths related to COVID-19. A woman in her 50s and a man in his 70s have died in Central Zone.

There have now been 69 COVID-related deaths in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia is also reporting 153 new cases of COVID-19 today.

There are 139 cases in Central Zone, 10 in Eastern Zone, three in Northern Zone and one in Western Zone.

There is community spread in Central Zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

As reported April 30, due to the volume of testing in the province, the Nova Scotia Health Authority lab is experiencing a backlog. There is also a delay in public health’s case data entry into Panorama.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,060 active cases of COVID-19. There are 37 people in hospital, including eight in ICU.

On May 3, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 19,174 tests.

As of May 3, 325,218 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 36,687 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, there have been 1,918 positive COVID-19 cases and four deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 854 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Nova Scotia is currently under stronger restrictions to protect public health. Information at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites if they are not showing symptoms but want to be tested. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Due to the backlog, anyone who already has an asymptomatic appointment booked should cancel it following instructions in their confirmation email.

The following people can and should continue to book tests:

— anyone with symptoms

— anyone who has been notified that they are a close contact of a known case

— anyone who has been at an exposure location

— anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador

Surgery patients scheduled to undergo pre-operative COVID-19 testing 72 hours prior to surgery should not cancel their test.

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 mild symptoms, including:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (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 and 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 instances. Information is at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/masks/ .

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 May 16, 2021

— due to an increased number of investigations in recent days, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not available by release time. A breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly.

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/

May 3    6:30 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 943 active cases of COVID-19. One-hundred-forty-six 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, provided a livestreamed update  today, Monday May 3 at 3:00 p.m.

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People Aged 50 to 54 Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines; First Drive-Thru Clinic

Starting today, May 3, people aged 50 and older can book appointments for Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at clinics across the province. Read the release in English and in French. Please see attached for related FAQ.

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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/WELLNES–One-hundred-forty-six New Cases of COVID-19

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Nova Scotia is reporting 146 new cases of COVID-19 today, May 3.

There are 130 cases in Central Zone, nine in Eastern Zone, four in Northern Zone and three in Western Zone.

There is community spread in Central Zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

As reported April 30, due to the volume of testing in the province, the Nova Scotia Health Authority lab is experiencing a backlog. There is also a delay in public health’s case data entry into Panorama.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 943 active cases of COVID-19. There are 40 people in hospital, including six in ICU.

On May 2, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 17,092 tests.

As of May 2, 320,910 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 36,600 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, there have been 1,765 positive COVID-19 cases and two deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 820 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Nova Scotia is currently under stronger restrictions to protect public health. Information at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites if they are not showing symptoms but want to be tested. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Due to the backlog, anyone who already has an asymptomatic appointment booked should cancel it following instructions in their confirmation email.

The following people can and should continue to book tests:

— anyone with symptoms

— anyone who has been notified that they are a close contact of a known case

— anyone who has been at an exposure location

— anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador

Surgery patients scheduled to undergo pre-operative COVID-19 testing 72 hours prior to surgery should not cancel their test.

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 mild symptoms, including:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (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 and 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 instances. Information is at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/masks/ .

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 May 16, 2021

— due to an increased number of investigations in recent days, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not available by release time. A breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly

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/

April 30     7:45 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 589 active cases of COVID-19. Sixty-seven 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, provided a livestreamed update  today, Friday April 30 at 2:00 p.m.

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Vaccine Plan on Track, Tops 300,000 Doses

Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 vaccine plan is on target for every eligible Nova Scotian to receive their first dose by the end of June. Read the release in English and in French. Please see attached for related FAQ.

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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/WELLNES–Sixty-seven New Cases of COVID-19, Testing Changes

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Sixty-seven new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, April 30.

Fifty-seven cases are in Central Zone, four cases are in Western Zone, three cases are in Eastern Zone and three cases are in Northern Zone.

Due to the volume of testing in the province, the Nova Scotia Health Authority lab is experiencing a backlog in testing. About 45,000 tests are waiting to be processed. There is also a delay in public health’s case data entry into Panorama.

“Thousands and thousands of Nova Scotians have done what we have asked – get tested. Because of that, there currently is a large backlog in the lab of about three days,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We need to expect high case numbers in the days ahead as the lab and public health get caught up.”

The province and the Nova Scotia Health Authority developed a plan to shift the COVID-19 testing strategy for a short period of time to address the testing backlog.

“This is a short-term issue, and we have a plan to clear up the backlog,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Following the restrictions and public health measures are critical to protect you, your loved ones and the health system from being overwhelmed.”

In the interim, most Nova Scotians are encouraged to use pop-up testing sites instead of booking a COVID-19 lab test over the next few days. The following people can and should continue to book tests:

— anyone with symptoms

— anyone who has been notified that they are a close contact of a known case

— anyone who has been at an exposure location

— anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador

Anyone else who already has an appointment booked should cancel it following instructions in their confirmation email.

Efforts are being made to increase rapid testing capacity around the province.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 589 active cases of COVID-19. Twenty-two people are in hospital, including five in ICU.

One of the cases today in Central Zone is a staff member at Clarmar Residential Care Facility, a residential care home in Dartmouth. This is the second case involving staff at the facility.

The total number of tests and number of tests completed at the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs on April 29 is not available.

As of April 29, 312,493 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 36,381 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

There were 31,040 tests administered between April 23 and 29 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Dartmouth, Halifax, Sackville and Sydney.

Since Oct. 1, there have been 1,338 positive COVID-19 cases and two deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 747 resolved cases. 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, 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 and 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.

Quick Facts:

— pop-up sites are listed at http://www.nshealth.ca/service-details/COVID-19%20Rapid%20Testing.

— 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 has been extended to May 16, 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/

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Media Contact: COVID-19 Media Line

                           902-424-3310

                           Email: COVID19media@novascotia.ca

April 28     6:30 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 489 active cases of COVID-19. Seventy-five 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, provided a livestreamed update  today, Wednesday April 28 at 3:00 p.m.

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New Restrictions For Entire Province

Yesterday Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced new restrictions across the province to stop the spread of COVID-19 that came into effect today, April 28 at 8 a.m. Read the release in English and in French. Please see attached for related FAQs.

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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/WELLNES–Seventy-five New Cases of COVID-19

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Seventy-five new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, April 28.

Sixty-seven cases are in Central Zone, one case is in Western Zone, and one case is in Northern Zone.

Six cases are in Eastern Zone, one of which was identified Tuesday, April 27, at Strait Area Education Recreation Centre in Port Hawkesbury.

One of the cases in Central Zone is a staff member at Northwood’s Halifax Campus, a nursing home in Halifax. As a precaution, residents are being isolated and cared for in their rooms. All residents, staff and designated care providers are being tested. Most residents have been fully vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Another case in Central Zone is a staff member at Quest Regional Rehabilitation Centre in Lower Sackville. As a precaution, residents are being isolated and cared for in their rooms. All residents and staff are being tested. Most residents have been fully vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Due to an increased number of investigations in recent days, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not always available by release time. A breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly. There is community spread in Central Zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 489 active cases of COVID-19. Eleven people are in hospital, including three in ICU.

Due to technical difficulties, the total number of tests and number of tests completed at the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs on April 27 is not available.

As of April 27, 293,763 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 35,549 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, there have been 1,201 positive COVID-19 cases and two deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 710 resolved cases. 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 and 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 May 2, 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/

April 26      8:25 PM

Please see attached for a revised version of the FAQ sent today, April 26 at 6:55 p.m.

From: COVID19INFO
Sent: April 26, 2021 6:55 PM
Subject: NS Gov COVID-19 Update – April 26

April 26      6:55 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 323 active cases of COVID-19. Sixty-six 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, provided a livestreamed update  today, Monday April 26 at 3:00 p.m.

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Restrictions Added Across Nova Scotia

With a new record high number of COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia, tighter restrictions are returning in all areas of the province, Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced today, April 26. Read the release in English and in French. Please see attached for related FAQ.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Groups Expanded

Starting today, April 26, people 55 and older can book appointments for Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at clinics across the province. The release is available in English and 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/WELLNES–Sixty-six New Cases of COVID-19

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Sixty-six new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, April 26.

Sixty cases are in Central Zone, eight of which were identified Sunday, April 25, at:

— Chebucto Heights Elementary, Halifax

— Joseph Howe Elementary, Halifax

— Oxford School, Halifax

— Bedford South School, Bedford

— Atlantic View Elementary, Lawrencetown

— Brookhouse Elementary, Dartmouth

— Cole Harbour District High, Dartmouth

— Nelson Whynder Elementary, North Preston

Three cases are in Eastern Zone, one of which was identified Sunday, April 25, at Jubilee Elementary in Sydney Mines.

Two cases are in Western Zone, and one case is in Northern Zone.

Due to an increased number of investigations in recent days, exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not always available by release time. A breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly. There is community spread in Central Zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 323 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 11,335 Nova Scotia tests on April 25.

As of April 25, 276,075 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 34,816 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 391,079 tests. There have been 1,030 positive COVID-19 cases and two deaths. Five people are in hospital, two of which are in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 705 resolved cases. 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 and 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 May 2, 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/

April 26      6:55 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 323 active cases of COVID-19. Sixty-six 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, provided a livestreamed update  today, Monday April 26 at 3:00 p.m.

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Restrictions Added Across Nova Scotia

With a new record high number of COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia, tighter restrictions are returning in all areas of the province, Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced today, April 26. Read the release in English and in French. Please see attached for related FAQ.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Groups Expanded

Starting today, April 26, people 55 and older can book appointments for Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at clinics across the province. The release is available in English and 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/WELLNES–Sixty-six New Cases of COVID-19

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Sixty-six new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, April 26.

Sixty cases are in Central Zone, eight of which were identified Sunday, April 25, at:

— Chebucto Heights Elementary, Halifax

— Joseph Howe Elementary, Halifax

— Oxford School, Halifax

— Bedford South School, Bedford

— Atlantic View Elementary, Lawrencetown

— Brookhouse Elementary, Dartmouth

— Cole Harbour District High, Dartmouth

— Nelson Whynder Elementary, North Preston

Three cases are in Eastern Zone, one of which was identified Sunday, April 25, at Jubilee Elementary in Sydney Mines.

Two cases are in Western Zone, and one case is in Northern Zone.

Due to an increased number of investigations in recent days, exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not always available by release time. A breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly. There is community spread in Central Zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 323 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 11,335 Nova Scotia tests on April 25.

As of April 25, 276,075 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 34,816 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 391,079 tests. There have been 1,030 positive COVID-19 cases and two deaths. Five people are in hospital, two of which are in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 705 resolved cases. 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 and 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 May 2, 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/

April 23      5:40 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 150 active cases of COVID-19. Forty-four 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, provided a livestreamed update  yesterday, Thursday April 22 at 3:30 p.m.

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Restrictions Return for Halifax Regional Municipality

Due to increasing cases of COVID-19, restrictions are returning in Halifax Regional Municipality and some communities on its borders. The restrictions are effective today, Friday, April 23, at 8 a.m. and will remain in effect until at least May 20. They apply to all areas of Halifax Regional Municipality as well as these entire communities: Hubbards, Milford, Lantz, Elmsdale, Enfield, Mount Uniacke, South Uniacke, Ecum Secum and Trafalgar. Read the release in English and in French. Please see attached for related FAQs.

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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.

—————————————————————-
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–Forty-four New Cases of COVID-19, Additional Variant Cases Identified

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Forty-four new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, April 23.

Thirty-three cases are in Central Zone, five of which were identified Thursday, April 22, at Dartmouth South Academy in Dartmouth, Ross Road School in Westphal, Holland Road Elementary in Fletchers Lake, St. Catherine’s Elementary in Halifax and St. Joseph’s-Alexander McKay Elementary in Halifax.

Five cases are in Eastern Zone, four cases are in Western Zone and two are in Northern Zone.

One of the cases in Central Zone is a staff member at The Ivy Meadows, a long-term care facility in Beaver Bank. As a precaution, residents are being isolated and cared for in their rooms and the facility is closed to visitors and designated caregivers. The Ivy Meadows is working with public health on testing required for residents and staff. All residents were offered vaccinations earlier and the majority of residents accepted full vaccination with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Due to an increased number of investigations in recent days, exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or unknown) is not always available by release time. A breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly. There are signs of community spread in Central Zone. At this time there are no signs of community spread in Eastern, Northern or Western Zone.

Seven UK variant cases have been identified. There have been 73 cases of the UK variant, 12 cases of the South African variant and one case of the Brazil variant identified in Nova Scotia.

“With the new restrictions taking effect today, we are asking Nova Scotians to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “We’ve done this before and we can do it again. We all have a responsibility to follow the public health measures that help to keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 150 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 5,956 Nova Scotia tests on April 22.

There were 6,520 tests administered between April 16 and 22 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Halifax and Sackville.

As of April 22, 260,788 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 34,493 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 364,314 tests. There have been 849 positive COVID-19 cases and two deaths. Four people are in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 697 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“The new restrictions for the greater Halifax area come into effect today. I know it’s not easy, but it is a necessary step to allow us to limit the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “While the majority of the cases are in the Central Zone, COVID-19 can easily find its way into other parts of the province. We must all remain vigilant and continue working to limit spread within, and beyond, Halifax.”

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 and 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 May 2, 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/

April 22      8:45 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 111 active cases of COVID-19. Thirty-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, provided a livestreamed update  today, Thursday April 22 at 3:30 p.m.

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Restrictions Return for Halifax Regional Municipality

Due to increasing cases of COVID-19, restrictions are returning in Halifax Regional Municipality and some communities on its borders, Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced today, April 22.

The restrictions are effective Friday, April 23, at 8 a.m. and will remain in effect until at least May 20. They apply to all areas of Halifax Regional Municipality as well as these entire communities: Hubbards, Milford, Lantz, Elmsdale, Enfield, South Uniacke, Ecum Secum and Trafalgar. Read the release in English and in French.

—————————————————————-
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.

—————————————————————-
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–Thirty-eight New Cases of COVID-19, Additional Variant Case Identified

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Thirty-eight new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, April 22.

Thirty-three cases are in Central Zone. Two are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada and two are related to travel outside of Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required. Nineteen are close contacts of previously reported cases. Ten are under investigation, two of which were identified Wednesday, April 21, at Bell Park Academic Centre in Lake Echo and Shannon Park Elementary in Dartmouth.

Three cases are in Eastern Zone and are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required.

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

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

One of today’s cases is a confirmed UK variant case and is related to travel.

There have been 66 cases of the UK variant, 12 cases of the South African variant, and one case of the Brazil variant identified in Nova Scotia.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 111 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 5,879 Nova Scotia tests on April 21.

As of April 21, 247,312 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 34,144 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 358,358 tests. There have been 805 positive COVID-19 cases and two deaths. Three people are in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 692 resolved cases. 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 and 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 May 2, 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/

April 21      6:45 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 79 active cases of COVID-19. Twenty-five 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 Thursday April 22 at 1:30 p.m.

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Further Restrictions on Travel to Nova Scotia

Yesterday, Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced additional restrictions on travel to the province.

Effective April 22 at 8 a.m., people from outside Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador will not be allowed to enter Nova Scotia unless their travel is essential or they are permanent residents of Nova Scotia. Read the release in English and 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–Twenty-five New Cases of COVID-19

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Twenty-five new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, April 21.

Nineteen cases are in Central Zone. Four are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required. Nine are close contacts of previously reported cases, two of which were identified Tuesday, April 20, at Dartmouth South Academy and Auburn Drive High. Six are under investigation, one of which was identified Tuesday, April 20, at Mount Edward Elementary.

Three cases are in Northern Zone. One is related to travel outside of Canada. The person is self-isolating, as required. The other two cases are currently under investigation.

Three cases are in Eastern Zone and are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required.

One of the cases that is under investigation in Central Zone is a staff member at Ocean View Continuing Care Centre, a long-term care facility in Eastern Passage. As a precaution, residents are being isolated and cared for in their rooms and the facility is closed to visitors and designated caregivers. Ocean View is working with public health on the testing that is required for residents and staff. All residents were offered vaccinations and the majority of residents accepted full vaccination with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Ocean View is encouraging and supporting vaccination of remaining residents and staff.

Another case that is under investigation in Central Zone is connected to Joseph Giles Elementary in Dartmouth. The school will remain closed to students until Tuesday, April 27. A deep cleaning will take place and students will learn from home during the closure. Families will receive an update before students return to school on Tuesday.

As with any positive case, public health will be in touch with any close contacts of these cases and advise of next steps, including testing. Everyone who is a close contact will be notified, tested and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Out of an abundance of caution, public health is recommending that all students and staff be tested. No self-isolation is required, unless people have been identified as a close contact by public health or have symptoms.

“I am very concerned with the rising number of cases in Nova Scotia, which are higher than we have seen in quite some time,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “We are seeing early signs of community spread and we must strictly follow all public health protocols to get back on track, especially in the greater Halifax region.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 79 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 4,562 Nova Scotia tests on April 20.

As of April 20, 230,801 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 33,356 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 352,477 tests. There have been 767 positive COVID-19 cases and two deaths. Three people are in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 686 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“We are seeing a concerning rise in cases,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “There are now early signs of community spread in the Sackville, Halifax, Dartmouth and Lawrencetown areas. We’re asking residents of these areas to closely follow public health measures and go get tested for COVID-19. Testing is one way to detect cases early on, which will help manage them and limit the spread of the virus.”

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 and 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 May 2, 2021

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

Additional Resources:

More information from Ocean View is available on https://OceanV.ca or by calling 902-465-2899

Information about COVID-19 cases connected to public schools can be found at: https://www.ednet.ns.ca/backtoschool/case-info.

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/

April 16      4:55 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 42 active cases of COVID-19. One death and six new cases of COVID-19 are being reported 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 Vaccine Plan on Track; 200,000 Doses Administered

The plan to give every Nova Scotian who is able to receive a vaccine a first dose by the end of June is on track, after reaching 200,000 doses in arms this week.

Read the news release in English and 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 Death, Six New Cases of COVID-19, Additional Variant Case Identified, State of Emergency Renewed

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Today, April 16, Nova Scotia is reporting a death related to COVID-19. A woman over 80 has died in Central Zone.

There have now been 67 COVID-related deaths in Nova Scotia.

Six new cases of COVID-19 are being reported today.

Three cases are in Central Zone. One is a close contact of a previously reported case and the other two are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.

Two cases are in Eastern Zone and one case is in Western Zone, all related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.

In all cases, the people are self-isolating, as required.

Unrelated to the cases announced today, an additional UK variant case has been identified. This case was previously reported and is included in the provincial data, though the person is not in Nova Scotia and has no known close contacts in the province.

This brings the total number of cases of the UK variant in Nova Scotia to 45. The number of South African variant cases remains at 10.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 42 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,032 Nova Scotia tests on April 15.

There were 248 tests administered between April 10 and 11 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Dartmouth and Halifax.

As of April 15, 194,792 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 32,255 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 338,855 tests. There have been 703 positive COVID-19 cases and two deaths. Three people are in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 659 resolved cases. 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 .

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, April 18, and extend to noon, Sunday, May 2, 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 and 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 May 2, 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/

April 15       5:20 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 42 active cases of COVID-19. Three new cases of COVID-19 are being reported 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, April 16 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/WELLNES–Three New Cases of COVID-19, Additional Variant Cases Identified

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Three new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, April 15.

Two cases are in Eastern Zone and the other case is in Western Zone. All are confirmed UK variant cases. The people are not in Nova Scotia, but since they are Nova Scotia residents, they are included in the cumulative provincial data. These cases have no known close contacts in Nova Scotia.

This brings the total number of cases of the UK variant in Nova Scotia to 44. The number of South African variant cases remains at 10.

“Today the restrictions on the New Brunswick border have been reinstated,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Our strong adherence to public health protocols has helped us limit the spread of the virus and it is important that we remain diligent to keep our communities safe.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 42 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,770 Nova Scotia tests on April 14.

As of April 14, 182,867 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 31,998 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 336,823 tests. There have been 697 positive COVID-19 cases and one death. Four people are in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 654 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“By following the public health measures and making testing part of our regular COVID-19 prevention measures we are working to limit the spread of the virus and protect our loved ones,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “It’s very important to 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 and 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 April 18, 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/

April 14      5:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 42 active cases of COVID-19. Two 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 on Monday. You can watch a video recording of the update.
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New Brunswick Travel Caution

Nova Scotians are asked to avoid non-essential travel to New Brunswick as a result of increased cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced yesterday, April 13, that restrictions on the New Brunswick border will be reinstated effective 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 15. From then, people coming from New Brunswick will have to self-isolate upon arrival in Nova Scotia and complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form.

Please see attached for an updated FAQ. The release is available in English and 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–Two New Cases of COVID-19, Additional Variant Cases Identified

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Two new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, April 14.

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

Unrelated to the cases announced today, 18 additional UK variant cases have been identified, many of which are now considered resolved. These were previously reported cases. Ten were related to travel, seven were close contacts of previously reported cases and the other case remains under investigation.

This brings the total number of cases of the UK variant in Nova Scotia to 41. The number of South African variant cases remains at 10.

“The variant cases are a reminder of the importance of following all the public health protocols,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Thanks to the efforts of Nova Scotians, we have been able to contain the variant cases so far, but we know how easily it can spread if we let our guard down.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 42 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,154 Nova Scotia tests on April 13.

As of April 13, 169,851 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 31,583 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 334,053 tests. There have been 694 positive COVID-19 cases and one death. Three people are in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 651 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“While we’re seeing more variant cases being identified in the province, it’s important to understand that most of these cases are related to travel and they are strictly adhering to the public health measures,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “I want to thank Nova Scotians for their continued efforts in preventing the spread of COVID-19.”

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 New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and 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.

Nova Scotians are asked to avoid non-essential travel to New Brunswick as a result of increased cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced yesterday, April 13, that restrictions on the New Brunswick border will be reinstated effective 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 15. From then, people coming from New Brunswick will have to self-isolate upon arrival in Nova Scotia and complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form.

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 April 18, 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/

April 9       5:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 41 active cases of COVID-19. Two new cases of COVID-19 are being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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COVID-19 Vaccine

Starting today, Nova Scotians 65 years of age and older are now  eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment at community clinics and participating pharmacy and primary care clinics that offer the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Read the news release in English and 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–Two New Cases of COVID-19

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Two new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, April 9.

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

There is also one case in Central Zone and it is under investigation.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 41 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,527 Nova Scotia tests on April 8.

There were 536 tests administered between April 2 and 8 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Wolfville, Dartmouth and Musquodoboit Harbour.

As of April 8, 138,348 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 30,838 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 323,435 tests. There have been 667 positive COVID-19 cases and one death. One person is in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 625 resolved cases. 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 New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and 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.

Nova Scotians are asked to avoid non-essential travel to the city of Edmundston and surrounding communities in New Brunswick as a result of increased cases of COVID-19 in that area.

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 April 18, 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/

April 8       5:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 40 active cases of COVID-19. Five new cases of COVID-19 are being reported today and one additional variant case has been identified. 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, 9 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–Five New Cases of COVID-19, Additional Variant Case Identified

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Five new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, April 8.

Three cases are in Central Zone and are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required.

There are also two cases in Eastern Zone. Both are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required.

Unrelated to the cases announced today, one new UK variant case has been identified. The person is a Nova Scotia resident who is living and working outside of the province. This case has no known close contacts in Nova Scotia.

This brings the total number of cases of the UK variant in Nova Scotia to 23. The number of South African variant cases remains at 10.

“Day after day we are seeing the results of the hard work of Nova Scotians to keep the COVID-19 case numbers low,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Let’s keep this up and stay ahead of the virus. Remember to follow the health protocols. We know how effective they are.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 40 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,020 Nova Scotia tests on April 7.

As of April 7, 129,809 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 30,400 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 320,908 tests. There have been 665 positive COVID-19 cases and one death. One person is in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 624 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“I’m pleased to see our efforts to contain the virus continue to work and our case numbers are remaining low. 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 wearing a mask, adhering to the gathering limits, washing your hands, staying home if you are feeling unwell and self-isolating if required.”

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 New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and 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.

Nova Scotians are asked to avoid non-essential travel to the city of Edmundston and surrounding communities in New Brunswick as a result of increased cases of COVID-19 in that area.

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 April 18, 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/

April 7      5:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 37 active cases of COVID-19. Two 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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Travel and restrictions update

As of 8 a.m. today, the Newfoundland and Labrador border is open. With this change, all residents of Atlantic Canada can come to Nova Scotia without having to self-isolate upon arrival and without having to complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form. Residents and travelers must continue to follow all public health measures in Nova Scotia.

In addition, malls, retail businesses and fitness facilities can return to operating at 100 per cent of their capacity, with physical distancing. Sports practices, training and games, and arts and culture rehearsals and performances can have 75 people. While physical distancing and masks are not required for these activities, they are recommended when possible. Spectators continue to be allowed at these events except when they are held at schools.

Read the news release in English and French and see updated FAQs attached.

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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–Two New Cases of COVID-19

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Two new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, April 7.

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

“Overall, our numbers are low because Nova Scotians are doing their part to follow public health measures,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Continuing the core measures of physical distancing, masking, getting together in small and consistent groups, and getting tested is how we will keep our case numbers low, especially as we open up more and welcome Atlantic Canadian visitors to Nova Scotia.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 37 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,989 Nova Scotia tests on April 6.

As of April 6, 123,166 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 30,069 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 318,871 tests. There have been 660 positive COVID-19 cases and one death. One person is in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 622 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“Low case numbers are a promising sign, but it does not mean we can become complacent,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We need to be mindful of what’s happening in other provinces and know that the situation in Nova Scotia could change quickly if we let our guard down.”

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 New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and 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.

Nova Scotians are asked to avoid non-essential travel to the city of Edmundston and surrounding communities in New Brunswick as a result of increased cases of COVID-19 in that area.

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 April 18, 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/

March 31      5:25 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 23 active cases of COVID-19. Two 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 Thursday April 1 at 1 p.m.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Still Available Next Week

 

There are still appointments available next week at vaccine clinics for Nova Scotians who are 75 and older. They are offering Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.  The release is available in English and in French.

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New Brunswick Travel Caution

Nova Scotians are asked to avoid non-essential travel to the city of Edmundston and surrounding communities in New Brunswick as a result of increased cases of COVID-19 in that area. The release is available in English and 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–Two New Cases of COVID-19, Additional Variant Case Identified

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Two new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 31.

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

Unrelated to the cases announced today, one new UK variant case has been identified in Central Zone. The case is related to international travel.

At this time, there is no sign of community spread from the variant case.

This brings the total number of cases of the UK variant in Nova Scotia to 18. The number of South African variant cases remains at 10.

“Passover, Easter and Ramadan are times to celebrate and gather with loved ones,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “As we work to contain the virus, let’s keep our gatherings small and continue to follow the public health protocols that are in place to keep our communities safe.”

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

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 4,446 Nova Scotia tests on March 30.

As of March 30, 100,832 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 26,599 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 303,341 tests. There have been 627 positive COVID-19 cases and one death. One person is in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 603 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“As we approach a holiday weekend, I want to remind Nova Scotians of the importance of celebrating safely,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Do your part by following the gathering limits, keeping a consistent social group, staying home if you are feeling unwell, washing your hands and self-isolating if required.”

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 New Brunswick and 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.

Nova Scotians are asked to avoid non-essential travel to the city of Edmundston and surrounding communities in New Brunswick as a result of increased cases of COVID-19 in that area.

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 April 4, 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/

March 30      5:20 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 24 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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New Brunswick Travel Caution

Nova Scotians are asked to avoid non-essential travel to the city of Edmundston and surrounding communities in New Brunswick as a result of increased cases of COVID-19 in that area. The release is available in English and in French.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Update

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

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, March 30.

One case is in Central Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case. Another case is in Northern Zone and is currently under investigation. The other case is in Eastern Zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The person is self-isolating, as required.

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

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,572 Nova Scotia tests on March 29.

As of March 29, 94,373 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 25,102 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 298,895 tests. There have been 625 positive COVID-19 cases and one death. One person is in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 80. There are 600 resolved cases. 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 New Brunswick and 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.

Nova Scotians are asked to avoid non-essential travel to the city of Edmundston and surrounding communities in New Brunswick as a result of increased cases of COVID-19 in that area.

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 April 4, 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/

March 29      5:25 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 24 active cases of COVID-19. No 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 Tuesday March 30 at 11:45 a.m.

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New Brunswick Travel Caution

Nova Scotians are asked to avoid non-essential travel to the city of Edmundston and surrounding communities in New Brunswick as a result of increased cases of COVID-19 in that area. The release is available in English and 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-No New Cases of COVID-19, Additional Variant Cases Identified

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No new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 29.

Three new UK variant cases have been identified in the province, none of which are connected to Kings Wharf. Two are in Central Zone and are related to international travel. One case is considered resolved, the other is still self-isolating. The other is in Eastern Zone and is related to travel within Canada. The case is considered resolved.

At this time, there is no sign of community spread from the variant cases.

This brings the total number of cases of the UK variant in Nova Scotia to 17 and the South African variant remains at 10.

“Nova Scotian’s vigilance is paying off as we continue to see few or no new cases being reported daily,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “However, as we’ve seen elsewhere, complacency can quickly open the door for the resurgence of COVID-19.”

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

“Our continued strong testing numbers in combination with people following the public health protocols is a good formula to keep us where we need to be,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We must stay the course. Please 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 Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,003 Nova Scotia tests on March 28.

As of March 28, 89,194 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 24,344 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 296,323 tests. There have been 622 positive COVID-19 cases and one death. One person is in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 80. There are 597 resolved cases. 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 New Brunswick and 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.

Nova Scotians are asked to avoid non-essential travel to the city of Edmundston and surrounding communities in New Brunswick as a result of increased cases of COVID-19 in that area.

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 April 4, 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/

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Media Contact: COVID-19 Media Line

                            902-424-3310

                            Email: COVID19media@novascotia.ca

March 26      5:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 27 active cases of COVID-19. Five new cases of COVID-19, as well as a probable case of COVID-19 connected to Sackville Heights Junior High School, 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 Vaccine Groups Expanded

Anyone 75 years of age and older can book their COVID-19 vaccine as of today, March 26. The release is available in English and in French.

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New Brunswick Travel Caution

Nova Scotians are asked to avoid non-essential travel to the city of Edmundston and surrounding communities in New Brunswick as a result of increased cases of COVID-19 in that area. The release is available in English and 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–Five New Cases of COVID-19, One Probable Case of COVID-19

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Five new cases of COVID-19, as well as a probable case of COVID-19 connected to Sackville Heights Junior High School, are being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 26.

The cases are in Central Zone. Two of the cases are under investigation. The other three cases are close contacts of previously reported cases, one of which was the case identified yesterday, March 25, at Millwood High School in Middle Sackville.

In addition to these new cases, the probable case at Sackville Heights Junior High School in Lower Sackville was identified today, March 26. The case is connected to a previously reported case. Based on public health assessment, the probable case is being treated as though it is a lab-confirmed positive to ensure all precautions are taken.

The person was not in school today and is self-isolating. The school will close to allow for deep cleaning, testing and contact tracing, and is expected to reopen to students on Thursday, April 1. Students will learn from home during the closure and families of the school will receive an update on Wednesday, March 31.

As with any positive or probable 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.

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

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,846 Nova Scotia tests on March 25.

There were 993 tests administered between March 19 and 22 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Halifax, New Glasgow and Liverpool.

As of March 25, 83,148 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 23,662 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 289,822 tests. There have been 615 positive COVID-19 cases and one death. No one is in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 80. There are 587 resolved cases. 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 New Brunswick and 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.

Nova Scotians are asked to avoid non-essential travel to the city of Edmundston and surrounding communities in New Brunswick as a result of increased cases of COVID-19 in that area.

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 April 4, 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/

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

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Three new cases of COVID-19, as well as a case connected to Millwood High School, are being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 25.

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

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

In addition to these new cases, a case connected to a school was identified today, March 25, at Millwood High School in Middle Sackville. Because the case came in after the cut-off for reporting, it is not included in today’s case update and will not appear on our data website, dashboard or daily COVID-19 case release until tomorrow, March 26.

The person was not in school today and is self-isolating. The school will close to allow for deep cleaning, testing and contact tracing, and is expected to reopen to students on Wednesday, March 31. Students will learn from home during the closure and families of the school will receive an update on Tuesday, March 30.

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.

“The best way to protect one another is by following all public health measures and making testing part of your regular COVID-19 prevention measures,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Wear a mask, wash your hands, maintain physical distance, adhere to the gathering limits and stay home if you are feeling unwell.”

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

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,851 Nova Scotia tests on March 24.

As of March 24, 77,431 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 22,917 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 286,976 tests. There have been 610 positive COVID-19 cases and one death. No one is in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 80. There are 584 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“Seeing low case numbers is a good sign, but we continue to have COVID-19 activity in the province,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “While the epidemiology shows our approach is working, it also is an indication that we need to continue to follow the public health measures that are in place.”

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 New Brunswick and 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 April 4, 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/

March 24      5:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 24 active cases of COVID-19. Five new cases are 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–Five New Cases of COVID-19

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

The cases are in Central Zone. Three of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases. The other two cases are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required.

“We must stay the course and continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the province,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “By following the public health protocols, we are protecting each other and slowing the spread of the virus.”

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

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,989 Nova Scotia tests on March 23.

As of March 23, 71,733 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 21,648 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 284,114 tests. There have been 607 positive COVID-19 cases and one death. No one is in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 80. There are 582 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“Nova Scotians continue to work hard to keep the virus contained,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Please 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 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 New Brunswick and 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 April 4, 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/

March 23      5:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 21 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 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 Vaccine Update

 

The province is on track to give every person who wants a COVID-19 vaccine in Nova Scotia their first dose by the end of June. The release is available in English and in French.

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

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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One new case of COVID-19 is being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 23.

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

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

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,756 Nova Scotia tests on March 22.

As of March 22, 66,287 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 20,579 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 282,116 tests. There have been 602 positive COVID-19 cases and one death. No one is in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 80. There are 580 resolved cases. 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 New Brunswick and 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 April 4, 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/

March 17     5:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 15 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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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–Two New Cases of COVID-19

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Two new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 17.

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

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

“Nova Scotians have made changes to their daily lives to limit the spread of COVID-19 and it’s no different for St. Patrick’s Day,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “We have been fortunate to have little to no new cases recently, but we know that the virus can quickly find its way back into our communities. It’s important to adjust your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations so as to be as safe as possible.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 15 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,749 Nova Scotia tests on March 16.

As of March 16, 52,352 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 17,822 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 270,011 tests. There have been 585 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 80. There are 570 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“St. Patrick’s Day celebrations need to look much different this year,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Keep your gatherings small, stick with your consistent social group, wear a mask, wash your hands 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 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/

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Media Contact: COVID-19 Media Line

               902-424-3310

               Email: COVID19media@novascotia.ca

March 16      5:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 17 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 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 Mobile Vaccination Clinics

 

Public health mobile units will start vaccinating at homeless shelters in Halifax in early April. The release is available in English and in French.

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

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–Two New Cases of COVID-19, Additional Variant Cases Identified

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Two new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 16.

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

The National Microbiology Lab confirmed four new variant cases – two more cases of the UK variant and two more cases of the South African variant.

This brings the total number of cases of the UK variant in Nova Scotia to 13 and the South African variant to 10.

One of the UK variants is in Central Zone and the other is in Western Zone. Both are directly linked to international travel. The two South African variants are in Central Zone and are linked to previously reported variant cases.

At this time, there is no sign of community spread from the variant cases.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 17 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,646 Nova Scotia tests on March 15.

As of March 15, 50,144 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 16,650 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 268,262 tests. There have been 583 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Two people are currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 80. There are 566 resolved cases. 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 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/

March 15      5:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 17 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 Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update Tuesday March 16 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–No New Cases of COVID-19

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No new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 15.

“As we reflect on the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, we can be proud of our efforts to slow the spread of the virus,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “This year has been far from easy, but Nova Scotians have stepped up and done their part by following the public health measures.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 17 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,667 Nova Scotia tests on March 14.

As of March 14, 48,077 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 16,113 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 266,616 tests. There have been 581 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 80. There are 564 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“One year ago, we announced our first presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “The past year has been difficult on us all  especially the 65 families who lost loved ones. From the beginning, Nova Scotians have come together to navigate COVID-19 and listened to public health advice to ensure we are living as safe as possible.”

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 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/

March 12      5:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 17 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 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 Vaccine Groups Expanded and FAQs

Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 vaccination program is expanding Monday, March 15 to include anyone who is 80 and older and born in May, June, July or August. The release is available in English and in French. Please see attached for the updated FAQs

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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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One new case of COVID-19 is being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 12.

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

As of today, Nova Scotia has 17 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,681 Nova Scotia tests on March 11.

There were 1,074 tests administered between March 5 and 11 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Spryfield, Bedford and Upper Tantallon.

As of March 11, 46,891 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 15,655 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 260,489 tests. There have been 577 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 80. There are 560 resolved cases. 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 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/

March 11      5:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 19 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 Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update Friday March 12 at 1:00 p.m.

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Restriction FAQs

Further to last week’s changes in public health restrictions, please see the attached FAQs that explain how and where the restrictions apply.

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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–No New Cases of COVID-19

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No new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 11.

“Our case numbers have been very promising over these past few days, but let’s not become complacent,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “We want to keep up the good work and continue to follow all of the public health measures.”

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

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,625 Nova Scotia tests on March 10.

As of March 10, 45,149 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 15,383 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 257,808 tests. There have been 576 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 80. There are 557 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“Nova Scotians continue to adjust their everyday behaviours to ensure they are following the public health measures,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “These seemingly small measures collectively help to prevent the spread of the virus and work to protect each other.”

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 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/

March 10      5:10 PM

As of today, March 10, Nova Scotia has 24 actives case of COVID-19. One new case was 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–One New Case of COVID-19

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One new case of COVID-19 is being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 10.

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

“Again, our case count is remaining low – no cases Monday, five cases yesterday and now just one today. This highlights the fact that Nova Scotians are putting in the work to stay safe and healthy,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Thank you for continuing to look after each other and know that the best way to protect everyone is by continuing to follow public health measures.”

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

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,382 Nova Scotia tests on March 9.

As of March 9, 42,556 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 15,086 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 255,180 tests. There have been 576 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Two people are currently in hospital. Of those, one is in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 80. There are 552 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“Although our case numbers remain low, we can’t become complacent,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We need to keep following all public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as we work to vaccinate all Nova Scotians.”

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 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/

March 9      5:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 26 active cases of COVID-19. Five new cases of COVID-19 are being reported 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 Nova Scotians ages 63 and 64 will be the first group eligible to access the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine starting Saturday, March 20. Read the news release in English or 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–Five New Cases of COVID-19, Additional Variant Cases Identified

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Five new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 9.

Three of the cases are in Central Zone and the other two are in Western Zone. They are all close contacts of previously reported cases.

The National Microbiology Lab confirmed five new variant cases – three more cases of the UK variant and two more cases of the South African variant, all of which are in Central Zone.

This brings the total number of cases of the UK variant in Nova Scotia to 11 and the South African variant to eight.

All three UK variant cases and one of the South African variant cases are directly linked to known cases or international travel.

The other South African variant case has no known link to a previously reported variant case or to travel. This person was tested earlier this month and their illness is considered resolved. The investigation is still ongoing and so far, none of their close contacts have tested positive.

At this time, there is no sign of community spread from the variant cases.

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

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,841 Nova Scotia tests on March 8.

As of March 8, 40,231 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 14,542 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 252,798 tests. There have been 575 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 80. There are 549 resolved cases. 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 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/