Active COVID-19 cases drop to 1; N.S. goes 6 days without a new case
A laboratory technical assistant at LifeLabs, handles a specimen to be tested for COVID-19 after scanning its barcode upon receipt at the company's lab, in Surrey, B.C., on March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
HALIFAX -- There are no new cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia and the number of active cases has dropped to one.
Nova Scotia has now gone six days without a new case of COVID-19. The last positive case was reported last Wednesday, in a Nova Scotia truck driver who travelled outside Canada as an essential worker.
The QEII Health Sciences Centre's microbiology lab completed 310 Nova Scotia tests on Monday. No new cases were identified.
To date, Nova Scotia has 57,949 negative test results.
1,002 COVID-19 CASES RESOLVED
The total number of COVID-19 cases remains at 1,066, but 1,002 cases are now considered resolved and 63 people have died, leaving only three active cases in Nova Scotia.
Among the 63 Nova Scotians who died from COVID-19 are 53 residents of the Northwood long-term care home in Halifax.
There are no active cases of COVID-19 in any long-term care facilities and the Northwood outbreak is considered resolved.
According to a news release from the provincial government, there is still one person in hospital, and there has only been one person in hospital for several days. The province says that person’s infection is considered resolved, but they still require treatment.
However, CTV News has learned one man who had COVID-19 was released from hospital on Tuesday after 101 days.
CTV News reached out to the province for clarification on hospital numbers and received the following response:
"Our releases reflect the information we have available at the time of reporting. Any releases or updates that occur after the cut-off period will be included in the following day's update."
The province's confirmed cases range in age from under 10 to over 90.
Sixty-one per cent of cases are female and 39 per cent are male.
There are cases confirmed across the province, but most have been identified in the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s central zone.
The provincial government says cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama, the province’s electronic information system.
The numbers changed slightly on Tuesday, with the central zone reporting one additional case and the eastern zone reporting one less case.
The numbers reflect where a person lives, and not where their sample was collected.
- western zone: 54 cases
- central zone: 902 cases
- northern zone: 57 cases
- eastern zone: 53 cases
The provincial state of emergency has been extended to July 26.
SYMPTOMS AND SELF-ISOLATION
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.
Anyone who travels to Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic region is also required to self-isolate for 14 days and must fill out a self-declaration form online before coming to the province.
Residents of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador are no longer required to self-isolate when travelling to Nova Scotia, but they must provide proof of their place of residency at provincial borders.
Anyone who experiences one of the following symptoms is encouraged to take an online test to determine if they should call 811 for further assessment:
- fever (i.e. chills, sweats)
- cough or worsening of a previous cough
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
- muscle aches
- nasal congestion/runny nose
- hoarse voice
- unusual fatigue
- loss of sense of smell or taste
- red, purple or blueish lesions on the feet, toes or fingers without clear cause