N.S. goes 8 days without new COVID-19 case; no active cases in province
Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at LifeLabs after being logged upon receipt at the company’s lab, in Surrey, B.C., March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia has now gone eight days without reporting a new case of COVID-19 and there are no longer any active cases in the province.
The provincial government says the last active case of the virus is now considered resolved.
The QEII Health Sciences Centre's microbiology lab completed 289 Nova Scotia tests on Sunday. No new cases were identified.
The province’s last two confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported on Aug. 2 in the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s central zone.
To date, Nova Scotia has 66,315 negative test results.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases remains at 1,071, but 1,007 cases are now considered resolved, and 64 people have died, leaving no active cases in the province.
Among the 64 Nova Scotians who died from COVID-19 are 53 residents of the Northwood long-term care home in Halifax. The outbreak at Northwood is considered resolved.
There are no patients in hospital as a result of COVID-19.
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 central zone, which contains the Halifax Regional Municipality.
The provincial government says cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama, the province’s electronic information system.
The numbers reflect where a person lives, and not where their sample was collected.
- western zone: 54 cases
- central zone: 907 cases
- northern zone: 57 cases
- eastern zone: 53 cases
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 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 be prepared to 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
The provincial state of emergency, which was first declared on March 22, has been extended to Aug. 23.