N.S. reports a 'probable case' of COVID-19, no new confirmed cases
Dalhousie University is seen in Halifax on May 28, 2020.
HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia has now gone two weeks without reporting a new confirmed case of COVID-19. There are no active cases in the province.
However, while the province isn't reporting any new confirmed cases of COVID-19, it is reporting one probable case of the disease.
The provincial government said the case involves a Dalhousie University student who received “indeterminate test results.”
The student recently returned to Nova Scotia after travelling outside the Atlantic region. The student lives off-campus and has been self-isolating, as required. No other details about the student have been released.
While the test results are inconclusive, the case is being treated as a positive case as a precaution.
“Indeterminate test results do not provide a negative or positive. They may occur because someone previously had COVID-19 and the virus is still detectable in their system, or someone has been tested before the virus is fully detectable,” explained the provincial government in a news release on Monday.
“In these situations, public health conducts further assessment, including whether someone had or has symptoms or was recently exposed to someone with COVID-19, to inform how the case is treated.”
Since probable cases are not confirmed to be positive, they are not included in the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 587 Nova Scotia tests on Sunday.
The last confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in the central zone on Sept. 7.
To date, Nova Scotia has 87,928 negative test results.
There are 1,086 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, but 1,021 cases are considered resolved, and 65 people have died, leaving no active cases in the province.
No one is currently 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: 55 cases
- central zone: 910 cases
- northern zone: 67 cases
- eastern zone: 54 cases
LIST OF SYMPTOMS
Anyone who experiences a new or worsening fever or cough, or two or more of the following new or worsening symptoms, is encouraged to take an online test to determine if they should call 811 for further assessment:
- 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 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.
The provincial state of emergency, which was first declared on March 22, has been extended to Oct. 4.