N.S. health officials advise of potential COVID-19 exposure on flight; 1 new case reported
An Air Canada jet prepares to land at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on September 30, 2004. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia health officials are advising of a potential COVID-19 exposure on an Air Canada flight from Toronto to Halifax over the weekend.
Air Canada flight AC 626 left Toronto at 9:30 p.m. Saturday and arrived in Halifax at 12:15 a.m. Sunday.
Nova Scotia Health says passengers in rows 18 to 24, seats A, B and C, are most likely to have been exposed to the novel coronavirus. Those passengers are asked to call 811 for advice and continue to self-isolate.
Anyone who was on the flight, but was not seated in the identified rows and seats, should continue to self-isolate and self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
Health officials say anyone who was exposed to COVID-19 on the flight may develop symptoms up to, and including, Nov. 7.
ONE NEW COVID-19 CASE
Nova Scotia reported one new case of COVID-19 on Monday. Two more cases are considered resolved, bringing the number of active cases in the province down to five.
The provincial government says the latest case is located in the central zone and is a close contact of a previously-confirmed travel-related case.
No other details about the case were released.
Nova Scotia didn't report any new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, but three new cases were announced on Saturday. Those cases are all related to travel outside Atlantic Canada and the individuals are all self-isolating.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 285 Nova Scotia tests on Sunday. One new case was identified.
To date, Nova Scotia has 109,032 negative test results.
There are now 1,101 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, but 1,031 cases are now considered resolved, and 65 people have died, leaving five active cases in the province.
There is no one 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: 56 cases
- central zone: 922 cases
- northern zone: 68 cases
- eastern zone: 55 cases
LIST OF SYMPTOMS
Anyone who experiences a fever or new or worsening cough, or two or more of the following new or worsening symptoms, is encouraged to take an online test or call 811 to determine if they need to be tested for COVID-19:
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
- runny nose/nasal congestion
SELF-ISOLATION AND MANDATORY MASKS
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 required to self-isolate for 14 days and must fill out a self-declaration form before coming to the province.
However, the province has eased some self-isolation requirements for out-of-province rotational workers.
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.
It is mandatory to wear a non-medical mask in most indoor public places in Nova Scotia.
The provincial state of emergency, which was first declared on March 22, has been extended to Nov. 1.