N.S. has 4 active COVID-19 cases after new case identified in northern zone
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 now has four active cases of COVID-19 after a new case was identified on Sunday.
The latest case is in the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s northern zone and is connected to one of the new cases reported last week.
Nova Scotia had gone 11 days without a new case of COVID-19 before a new case was reported on Friday. Two more cases were reported on Saturday. Those cases are all in the northern zone and are all travel-related.
The northern zone has now seen 61 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Four of those cases are considered active.
The QEII Health Sciences Centre's microbiology lab completed 221 Nova Scotia tests on Sunday.
To date, Nova Scotia has 68,638 negative test results.
The latest case brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 1,075, but 1,007 cases are considered resolved, and 64 people have died, leaving four active case 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: 61 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 not 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.
Visitors from outside the Atlantic region who have already self-isolated in another Atlantic province for 14 days may travel to Nova Scotia without having to self-isolate again.
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.