N.S. reports 17 new cases of COVID-19; active cases drop to 127
HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia reported 17 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. With 32 previously reported cases now considered recovered, the total number of active cases has dropped to 127.
Sixteen of Wednesday's new cases were identified in the Central Zone, including one case connected to St. Margaret's Bay Elementary School, which was first reported Tuesday evening. The other case was identified in the Northern Zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada.
"We are a week into the new tighter restrictions in the greater Halifax area and limiting travel in and out of this part of the province," said Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil in a news release. "These are important steps to help contain the virus. We all need to continue following the protocols so we can slow the spread and keep each other safe."
On Tuesday, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 3,295 Nova Scotia tests.
Nova Scotia health says there were also 247 tests administered at the rapid-testing pop-up site in Halifax and 453 tests administered at the rapid-testing pop-up site in Wolfville.
There was one positive test result identified at the Wolfville site on Tuesday. That person was directed to self-isolate and has been referred for a standard test.
Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 69,559 tests. During the second wave, there have been 243 positive COVID-19 cases, no deaths, and 116 cases are now resolved, leaving 127 active cases. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70.
"I'm pleased to see that our case numbers have remained relatively low these past few days," said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health in a release. "This does not mean that we can ignore the restrictions that are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Everyone needs to do their part - wear a mask, adhere to the gathering limits, practise social distancing, wash your hands and avoid non-essential travel in and out of the Halifax area."
Since the pandemic began in March, Nova Scotia has reported a total of 1,332 cases and 1,140 resolved cases. There have been 65 deaths.
Fifty-seven per cent of cases are female and 43 per cent are male.
Cases have been 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: 62 cases
- Central Zone: 1,134 cases
- Northern Zone: 81 cases
- Eastern Zone: 55 cases
ANOTHER CASE CONFIRMED AT CENTRAL ZONE SCHOOL
One of the new cases identified in the Central zone includes a case at St. Margarets Bay Elementary School.
Five schools are temporarily closed after COVID-19 cases were linked to them.
At Bedford South School, testing is still taking place, but there have been no new cases since one case was reported there.
"That school will remain closed until at least next Monday, then we'll reassess, but were very encouraged by the cooperation from the community and the epidemiology that's coming back looks very good," said McNeil during a news update on Tuesday.
MOBILE TESTING UNITS LAUNCHED
The province has launched two mobile testing units to support more COVID-19 testing in communities that need it.
The mobile units are 20-foot vans that can travel to communities around the province. They are staffed by public health team members trained in testing and investigation processes, such as public health nurses.
On Wednesday, one of the two mobile units will be at Northeast Kings Education Centre in Canning, N.S. -- one of four schools closed in the province due to a confirmed case of COVID-19.
"The Nova Scotia Health Authority has done a tremendous job to get these mobile units in place in a very short period of time to better support testing in communities and I thank them for this work," said Dr. Robert Strang in a news release issued Wednesday. "These mobile units are another tool in our toolbox to target our testing in places and situations where it is needed to help public health investigate and manage cases and help prevent further spread."
COVID ALERT APP
Canada’s COVID-19 Alert app is available in Nova Scotia.
The app, which can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or Google Play, notifies users if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
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
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 for non-essential reasons is required to self-isolate for 14 days and must fill out a self-declaration form before coming to the province. Travellers must self-isolate alone, away from others. If they cannot self-isolate alone, their entire household must also self-isolate for 14 days.
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.