COVID 19

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.

—————————————————————-
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.

—————————————————————-
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.

—————————————————————-
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/

March 8      5:00 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 24 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 9 at 12:30 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 8.

“It’s encouraging to see a day with no new cases being reported,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Nova Scotians continue to show their commitment to follow the public health measures and we are seeing that their efforts are working to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

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

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,768 Nova Scotia tests on March 7.

As of March 7, 39,444 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 14,433 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 249,957 tests. There have been 570 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 546 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“We wouldn’t be where we are today without the co-operation of Nova Scotians,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Let’s keep up the good work by remaining vigilant – wear a mask, limit social contacts, practise social distancing, adhere to the gathering limit, stay home if you feel unwell and wash your hands.”

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 5      5:00 PM

As of today, March 5, Nova Scotia has 31 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 today. You can watch a video recording of the update.

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Two New Cases of COVID-19, State of Emergency Renewed

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Two new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 5.

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

As of today, Nova Scotia has 31 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 5,589 Nova Scotia tests on March 4.

As of March 4, 38,676 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 14,395 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 239,100 tests. There have been 562 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Three people are currently in hospital. Of those, one is in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. There are 531 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

There were 5,618 tests administered between Feb. 26 and March 2 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Eastern Passage, Halifax and Spryfield.

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, Mar. 7 and extend to noon Sunday, Mar. 21, unless government terminates or extends it.

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

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

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

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island 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 4    6:30 PM

As of today, March 4, Nova Scotia has 29 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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Restrictions Lifted in Halifax Regional Municipality

Given low COVID-19 cases, the province is lifting or altering restrictions currently in place for Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and its neighbouring communities. Many restrictions that came into effect on Feb. 27, such as restaurant hours, sport competitions, culture performances and non-essential travel, will end Friday, March 5 at 8 a.m. For more information, read the news release 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, will provide a livestreamed update Friday, March 5 at 1 p.m.

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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Three new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 4.

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

“We continue to see new COVID-19 cases every day. So, it’s very apparent the virus is still in our communities,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Let’s continue to be vigilant. Let’s keep doing what we have been doing so well to keep the virus under control, such as following our public health measures.”

As of today, March 4, Nova Scotia has 29 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 6,551 Nova Scotia tests on March 3.

As of March 3, 37,590 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 14,219 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“I’m pleased to see our efforts to contain the virus continue to work and our case numbers are remaining low,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We need to continue to be cautious and keep each other safe by adhering to the gathering limits, keeping a consistent social group, washing your hands, staying home if you are feeling unwell and self-isolating if required.”

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 233,511 tests. There have been 560 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Five people are currently in hospital. Of those, two are in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. There are 531 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 7, 2021

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 3    7:00 PM

As of today, March 3, Nova Scotia has 30 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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Nova Scotia to Receive AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine

Nova Scotia will receive an initial 13,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine next week. It is the third COVID-19 vaccine approved for use by Health Canada. For more information, read the news 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–Three New Cases of COVID-19

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Three new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 3.

Two cases are in Central Zone and the other case is in Northern Zone. All cases are close contacts of previously reported cases.

“Nova Scotians should be proud of their efforts to keep our case numbers low,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “We know how easily the virus can spread, but by following all the public health measures, we can prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

As of today, March 3, Nova Scotia has 30 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 6,875 Nova Scotia tests on March 2.

As of March 2, 35,291 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 13,512 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs set another one-day record, completing over 6,800 tests,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “This is an indication of the strong uptake in testing among Nova Scotians. Let’s continue to make testing a part of our regular COVID-19 prevention measures.”

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 226,960 tests. There have been 557 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Four people are currently in hospital. Of those, two are in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. There are 527 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 7, 2021

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 2    5:00 PM

As of today, March 2, Nova Scotia has 29 active cases of COVID-19. One new case of COVID-19 is being reported in Nova Scotia today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

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

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COVID-19 Immunization Plan Update

Dr. Strang provided a vaccine update at today’s briefing. The province’s vaccine rollout is on track, as it expands to include initial pharmacy clinics and community health-care providers.

Four pharmacy prototype clinics will launch in the following communities this month:

— March 9: Halifax Regional Municipality and Shelburne

— March 16: Port Hawkesbury

— March 23: Springhill

These prototypes will help inform any changes in how vaccine is delivered through pharmacies before expanding to other locations in April. Those eligible to receive the vaccine through one of these initial clinics will receive an invitation to participate from their pharmacy.

Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 immunization plan is also expanding to include anyone who works in a hospital and may come into contact with patients and community health-care providers who provide direct patient care. This includes:

— doctors, nurses and continuing care assistants who work in community practice or provide care in the home

— dentists, dental assistants and dental hygienists

— pharmacists, pharmacy assistants and pharmacy technicians

For more information, read the news release 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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Property Tax Relief for Small Businesses

Government announced a $7 million rebate program today, March 2, to help the service sector weather the impact of the COVID-19 shutdowns. The Small Business Real Property Tax Rebate Program provides qualified businesses a one-time rebate of a portion of their paid property taxes. Qualified businesses can choose a rebate of $1,000 or 50 per cent of the commercial real property taxes paid for the final six months of the 2020-21 tax year. Read the news release for more information.

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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, Additional Variant Cases Identified

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One new case of COVID-19 is being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 2.

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

Unrelated to the case being announced today, two more cases of the UK variant, formally called B.1.1.7, and five more cases of the South African variant, formally called 501.V2 have been identified by the National Microbiology Lab among Nova Scotia residents.

Two cases with the UK variant are in Western Zone and Central Zone and are connected to a previously reported UK variant. The people were tested late last month. One case is resolved, the other case is self-isolating.

Five cases in the Central Zone have been identified with the South African variant. One case is related to travel and the other four cases are household contacts of the traveller. The case related to travel is now considered resolved, the other four cases remain in self-isolation.

This brings the total number of cases of the UK variant in Nova Scotia to eight and South African variant to six.

As of today, March 2, Nova Scotia has 29 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 5,146 Nova Scotia tests on March 1.

As of March 1, 33,471 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 12,891 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 220,085 tests. There have been 554 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Four people are currently in hospital. Of those, two are in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. There are 525 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 7, 2021

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 1    5:30 PM

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

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Media briefing

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 26    10:30 PM

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

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Media briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 25    10:00 PM

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

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Media briefing

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 24    6:30 PM

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

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Media briefing

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 23    5:00 PM

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

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Media briefing

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 22    5:00 PM

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 18    5:00 PM

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

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Media briefing

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 17    5:00 PM

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 16     4:30 PM

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

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Media briefing and vaccine update

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

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

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

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

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 12    5:00 PM

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

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Media briefing

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 11     4:30 PM

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

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Media briefing

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 11     4:30 PM

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

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Media briefing

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 10     3:30 PM

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 9     9:00 PM

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

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Media briefing

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

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

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Vaccine update

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

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

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

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 8     4:30 PM

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

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Media briefing

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

February 5     7:30 PM

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

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Media briefing and restrictions update

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

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 4     3:30 PM

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

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Media briefing

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

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Vaccine

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

February 3     4:30 PM

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

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Media briefing and vaccine update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 2     4:30 PM

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

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Media briefing

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 29     4:30 PM

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

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Media briefing

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

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or:

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

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

Additional Resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 28     4:30 PM

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

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Media briefing

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

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COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 7, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 27     4:30 PM

 

As of today, Jan. 27, Nova Scotia has 12 active cases of COVID-19. Four new cases are being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Arts and culture grants

In November, government announced $2.1 million in one-time grant funding for arts and culture organizations impacted by the pandemic. Grants for 89 organizations were announced today to help them adapt and maintain their operations through this difficult time. Read the news release.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

—————————————————————-

Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Four New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Jan. 27, Nova Scotia has 12 active cases of COVID-19. Four new cases are being reported today.

Two cases are in Central Zone and the other two cases are in Eastern Zone. All cases are close contacts of previously reported cases.

“The virus is still here and we know it is always looking for an opportunity to spread,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “That’s why we are being cautious, keeping restrictions in place and encouraging everyone to continue following all of the public health protocols.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,516 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 26.

As of Jan. 26, 12,286 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,709 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 155,517 tests. There have been 487 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and seventy-five cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“We’ve been seeing low case numbers the past few days, which indicates that our public health measures are working,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Continue to do your part by wearing a mask, limiting social contacts, practising social distancing, adhering to the gathering limit, staying home if you feel unwell and washing your hands.”

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 7, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 26     5:00 PM

 

As of today, Jan. 26, Nova Scotia has 11 active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing and vaccine update

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

Dr. Strang provided an update on Nova Scotia’s 30-day vaccine rollout plan. As of Jan. 25, 11,622 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,708 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Vaccine data is reported on the data dashboard accessible via https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/. Data on doses administered is update daily. Vaccine supply and other details are updated every Tuesday.

Over the next three months, efforts are focusing on vaccine delivery to healthcare workers directly involved in patient care, as well as staff, residents and designated caregivers in long-term care and residential care facilities.

This week, healthcare worker clinics are running in Halifax, Sydney, Kentville and Truro. Progress is also being made in long-term care facilities. Vaccination is complete at Northwood Halifax and Bedford campuses, Harbourstone Enhanced Care, and Oceanview Continuing Care Centre. Parkstone Enhanced Care is 98% complete, and will finish this week. By Thursday of this week, an additional seven long-term care facilities across the province will have vaccine to start their immunization programs.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–One New Case of COVID-19

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As of today, Jan. 26, Nova Scotia has 11 active cases of COVID-19. One new case is being reported today.

The case is in Central Zone and is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The person is self-isolating, as required.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,592 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 25.

As of Jan. 25, 11,622 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,708 Nova Scotians have received their second dose. Starting today, Jan. 26, additional information on vaccinations and vaccine supply will be reported weekly at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 154,002 tests. There have been 483 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and seventy-two cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 7, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 25     5:00 PM

 

Nova Scotia has 15 active cases of COVID-19. No new cases are being reported today, Jan. 25. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update Tuesday, January 26 at 3:00 p.m.

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Meetings

Several groups have recently asked about the number of people who can attend meetings and training. The gathering limit of 10 applies to meetings and training, with physical distancing and no matter how big the space is.

Although some people such as first responders are exempt from the gathering limit when necessary to carry out the duties of their work, the limit of 10 for meetings and training applies to them. This has been the case since December 21.

While some people are exempt from physical distancing to carry out the duties of their work, they are only exempt from physical distancing in training when it is necessary for that specific aspect of their training.

In the new version of the public health order dated January 23, a provision was added to allow support groups meetings for mental health and addictions to have 25 people with physical distancing. The FAQ on restrictions attached has been updated to reflect this provision.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–No New Cases of COVID-19

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NOTE: An error was made in yesterday’s daily case release regarding the number of resolved cases since Oct. 1. As of Jan. 24, the correct number of resolved cases since Oct. 1 was 463, not 466 as reported.

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Nova Scotia has 15 active cases of COVID-19. No new cases are being reported today, Jan. 25.

“Coming out of a weekend with just one new case is something all Nova Scotians can be proud of,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I thank everyone for their work in keeping our case numbers low. We can keep them low if we continue following all the public health protocols.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 837 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 24.

As of Jan. 24, 11,083 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,708 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 152,410 tests. There have been 482 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and sixty-seven cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“Another day where no new cases have been identified is a step in the right direction,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “I worry that people will see no new cases and think they no longer need to follow the public health measures. Let’s work to keep our numbers low by remaining vigilant – wear a mask, limit social contacts, practise social distancing, adhere to the gathering limit, stay home if you feel unwell and wash your hands.”

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available on https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 7, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 22     5:30 PM

 

Four new cases of COVID-19 are being reported today, Jan. 22. Nova Scotia has 22 active cases. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

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Restrictions update

Most restrictions are remaining in effect until at least February 7. Some restrictions, mainly for sports and arts and culture organizations, will be eased starting January 25. Read the news release in English or French. See updated restrictions FAQs and FAQs on sports attached.

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Nova Scotia-New Brunswick travel protocol

A new Nova Scotia-New Brunswick travel protocol has been established specifically for people traveling between these two provinces. Updated travel FAQs reflect the new protocol.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Four New Cases of COVID-19, Variant Cases Identified, State of Emergency Renewed

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Four new cases of COVID-19 are being reported today, Jan. 22. Nova Scotia has 22 active cases.

One case is in Central Zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The person is self-isolating, as required.

Two cases are in Western Zone and are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. Both people are self-isolating, as required. One of the cases is a student at Acadia University in Wolfville. The student had completed the required 14-day self-isolation but tested positive shortly afterward and is self-isolating again.

One case is in Northern Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

One of the cases reported Thursday, Jan. 21 in Northern Zone is connected to École acadienne de Truro, a pre-primary to Grade 12 school in Truro. Although the case was reported yesterday, because it came in after yesterday’s cut-off for reporting, it will appear on the data website and dashboard as one of the cases being reported today.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,450 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 21. The lab confirmed today that the National Microbiology Lab identified two variant cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, one UK and one South African variant, tested in December. Both of the cases were related to travel outside of Canada and were reported in Central Zone.

As part of ongoing surveillance, Nova Scotia has been submitting samples to the National Microbiology Laboratory for sequencing since the first wave of the pandemic. The province has submitted all the positive samples from the first wave for sequencing and there were none that were of the UK or South African variant. Samples will continue to be submitted for sequencing as necessary based on case information.

As of Jan. 21, 10,575 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,705 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

There were 918 tests administered between Jan. 15 and 21 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Halifax, Bridgewater, Wolfville and Millbrook.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 149,042 tests. There have been 481 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and fifty-nine cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

The province is renewing the state of emergency to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians and ensure safety measures and other important actions can continue. The order will take effect at noon Sunday, Jan. 24 and extend to noon Sunday, Feb. 7, unless government terminates or extends it.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available on https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Feb. 7, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 20     3:00 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 23 actives case of COVID-19. There were 3 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and [Search%20Results]@nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Three New Cases of COVID-19
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As of today, Jan. 20, Nova Scotia has 23 active cases of COVID-19. Three new cases are being reported today.One case is in Northern Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.One case is in Central Zone and is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.The other case is in Eastern Zone and works on the Marine Atlantic ferry. This case is currently under investigation by public health in close collaboration with Marine Atlantic, as well as public health in Newfoundland and Labrador.”Thanks to the sacrifices of all Nova Scotians, we are managing to control the spread of the virus,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We can be proud of our efforts, but we cannot become complacent. We need to continue following all the public health protocols.”Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,685 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 19.As of Jan. 19, 9,175 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,507 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 146,003 tests. There have been 475 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and fifty-two cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.”We are reporting another day where the new case numbers are in the single digits but the virus is still in the province,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We must continue to follow the public health measures – wear a mask, limit social contacts, practise social distancing, adhere to the gathering limit, stay home if you feel unwell and wash your hands.”Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit  https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/  to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.Visit  https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/  to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:
— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)Or:
Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
— sore throat
— runny nose/nasal congestion
— headache
— shortness of breath/difficulty breathingCall 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practice good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at  https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus  .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at  https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia  .

Quick Facts:
— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available on  https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/
— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 24, 2021
— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at  https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:
Government of Canada:  https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit  https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 19     5:00 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 22 actives case of COVID-19. There were 4 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

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Vaccine update

Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues to expand this week with clinics at two more long-term care facilities and another regional hospital. Read the news release in English or French.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Four New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Jan. 19, Nova Scotia has 22 active cases of COVID-19. Four new cases are being reported today.

One case is in Northern Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

The other three cases are in Central Zone and are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required. One of the cases is a student who virtually attends two Nova Scotia universities. The student lives off-campus.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,016 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 18.

As of Jan. 18, 8,520 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,215 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 144,318 tests. There have been 472 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and fifty cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available on https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 24, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 18      3:12 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 25 actives case of COVID-19. There were no new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

News releases announcing cases on the weekend are available:
Saturday, January 16 –English and French
Sunday, January 17 – English and French

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–No New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Jan. 18, Nova Scotia has 25 active cases of COVID-19. No new cases are being reported today.

One of the cases reported on Sunday, Jan. 17 in Eastern Zone was tested in Nova Scotia, but is a resident of another province or territory and is therefore being removed from our cumulative provincial data. The person has been self-isolating as required.

“I want to thank all Nova Scotians for their hard work in keeping our case numbers low,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I also want to remind everyone that we can’t let our guard down. We still have provincewide restrictions in place, and we will be providing an update on them by the end of the week. Let’s continue to protect the health of each other by following all the public health protocols.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,079 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 17.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 142,302 tests. There have been 468 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and forty-three cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“This is the second day since the new year that we are reporting no new cases of COVID-19,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “I am pleased to see this, but it is not a sign that the virus is no longer in our province. We must continue to follow all the public health measures as we work to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 24, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 15     3:45 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has 32 actives case of COVID-19. There were 2 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Two New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Jan. 15, Nova Scotia has 32 active cases of COVID-19. Two new cases are being reported today.

One case is in Northern Zone and the other case is in Central Zone. Both cases are close contacts of previously reported cases.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,010 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 14.

There were 808 tests administered between Jan. 8 and 14 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Halifax, Sackville and Yarmouth.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 137,534 tests. There have been 461 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and twenty-nine cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 24, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 14     4:15 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 32 actives case of COVID-19. There were 6 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide a livestreamed update Friday, January 15 at noon.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Six New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Jan. 14, Nova Scotia has 32 active cases of COVID-19. Six new cases are being reported today.

Three of the cases are in Northern Zone and are close contacts of previously reported cases.

Three of the cases are in Central Zone. One of the cases is a close contact of a previously reported case. The other cases are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required. One of the travel-related cases is a student at Dalhousie University in Halifax who lives off campus.

“We are seeing a low number of cases because people are taking our public health protocols and the health of others seriously,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I want to thank everyone for staying vigilant and looking out for one another.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,096 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 13.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 135,524 tests. There have been 459 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and twenty-seven cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“We know how easily the virus can spread when we let our guard down,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Let’s keep up our efforts and ensure we continue to follow the public health measures – wear a mask, limit social contacts, maintain physical distance, wash our hands and stay home if feeling unwell.”

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 24, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 8     5:30 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 29 actives case of COVID-19. There were 2 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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New Brunswick border tightened, restrictions extended

Starting January 9 at 8.m., people entering Nova Scotia from New Brunswick must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form before arriving and self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. See attached FAQs on travel and post-secondary students.

Most restrictions put in place for the holiday season have been extended to January 24. However, retail businesses and malls can operate at 50% (up from 25%) starting January 11. The same day, the Halifax casino, VLTs and First Nations gaming centres that were closed in areas of HRM/Hants County can reopen. See attached FAQs on extended restrictions.

Read the news release in English or French. Updates to our website are in progress.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Two New Cases of COVID-19, State of Emergency Renewed

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As of today, Jan. 8, Nova Scotia has 29 active cases of COVID-19. Two new cases are being reported today.

One case is in Eastern Zone and one case is in Central Zone. Both cases are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,831 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 7.

There were 558 tests administered between Jan 3 and 7 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Halifax.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 124,483 tests. There have been 437 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and eight cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

As of Jan. 4, restaurants and licensed establishments in areas of Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County can reopen for dine-in service. They must follow the provincewide restrictions, including ending service by 10 p.m. and closing by 11 p.m. They can continue takeout and delivery service with no restrictions. The Halifax casino and VLTs remain closed.

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from outside of Atlantic Canada are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day 6, 7, or 8 of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

The province is renewing the state of emergency to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians and ensure safety measures and other important actions can continue. The order will take effect at noon Sunday, Jan. 10 and extend to noon Sunday, Jan. 24, unless government terminates or extends it.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 24, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 7     5:30 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 28 actives case of COVID-19. There were 4 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Vaccine

An updated FAQ on vaccine rollout in Nova Scotia is attached. The website will continue to be updated as there is more information available.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

—————————————————————-

Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Four New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Jan. 7, Nova Scotia has 28 active cases of COVID-19. Four new cases are being reported today.

Two cases are in Central Zone and are close contacts of previously reported cases.

One case is in Eastern Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

One case is in Northern Zone and is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.

“While the case numbers in our province are encouraging, we are closely monitoring the rise in cases in New Brunswick,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “The situation there is a reminder of how quickly the virus can spread, and also reminds us of the importance of following all the public health protocols.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,467 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 6.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 122,652 tests. There have been 435 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and seven cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“As we continue to see new COVID-19 cases every day, it is apparent that the virus is still in our communities,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We must remain vigilant and do our part by continuing to follow public health guidelines and orders.”

As of Jan. 4, restaurants and licensed establishments in areas of Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County can reopen for dine-in service. They must follow the provincewide restrictions, including ending service by 10 p.m. and closing by 11 p.m. They can continue takeout and delivery service with no restrictions. The Halifax casino and VLTs remain closed.

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from outside of Atlantic Canada are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day 6, 7, or 8 of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 10, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 6     5:15 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 29 actives case of COVID-19. There were 12 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

—————————————————————-

Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Twelve New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Jan. 6, Nova Scotia has 29 active cases of COVID-19. Twelve new cases are being reported today, Jan. 6.

Two cases are in Western Zone. One case is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The other case is a close contact of a previously reported case.

One case is in Eastern Zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The person is a student at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish. The student lives on campus and has been self-isolating, as required.

Nine cases are in Central Zone. Seven cases are close contacts of previously reported cases. One case is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The other case is under investigation.

One of the cases reported on Jan. 4, which remains under investigation, has been identified as a student at Dalhousie University in Halifax who lives on campus.

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from outside of Atlantic Canada are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day 6, 7, or 8 of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

“I want to welcome returning students and thank them for following public health protocols. I also remind asymptomatic students to get a COVID-19 test during their self-isolation,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Staying vigilant and following all the protective measures will help keep our case numbers low as our vaccine program is rolled out across the province.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,578 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 5.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 121,171 tests. There have been 431 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and two cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“It is crucial that we all do our part to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Together we have the ability to stop the virus from spreading exponentially by limiting social contacts, practising social distancing, wearing a mask, washing our hands and self-isolating when required.”

As of Jan. 4, restaurants and licensed establishments in areas of Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County can reopen for dine-in service. They must follow the provincewide restrictions, including ending service by 10 p.m. and closing by 11 p.m. They can continue takeout and delivery service with no restrictions. The Halifax casino and VLTs remain closed.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 10, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

January 5     5:00 PM

 

As of today, Nova Scotia has 19 actives case of COVID-19. There were 3 new cases identified yesterday. The news release is below and is also available in French.

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Media briefing

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today. You can watch a video recording of the update or listen to an audio recap from Dr. Strang.

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Vaccine rollout

 

Nova Scotia is building a strategic, flexible immunization plan with over a million doses of COVID-19 vaccine – enough for more than 500,000 people – expected to arrive in the province over the next six months. Read the new release in English or French.

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COVID-19 Testing

People with symptoms should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment and book an appointment to get tested if recommended. Only call 811 if you cannot complete the assessment online.

Asymptomatic testing is continuing into the new year. Most people without symptoms can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Asymptomatic testing via rapid test is also available at pop-up sites for people over the age of 16.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing.

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Please review the current possible exposure notices and follow the public health direction if a notice applies to you.

Please share this information with your staff, board members and stakeholders. We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government. Follow @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and the Nova Scotia Government Facebook page.

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Three New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, Jan. 5, Nova Scotia has 19 active cases of COVID-19. Three new cases are being reported today, Jan. 5.

All of the cases are in Central Zone. One case is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The other two cases are under investigation.

None of the cases reported today, Jan. 5, are connected to Churchill Academy.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,045 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 4.

Nova Scotia will report the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered weekly, starting today. There were 2,720 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered between Dec. 16 and Jan. 2.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 119,593 tests. There have been 419 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

As of Jan. 4, restaurants and licensed establishments in areas of Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County can reopen for dine-in service. They must follow the provincewide restrictions, including ending service by 10 p.m. and closing by 11 p.m. They can continue takeout and delivery service with no restrictions. The Halifax casino and VLTs remain closed.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

— sore throat

— runny nose/nasal congestion

— headache

— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to Jan. 10, 2021

— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/