Nova Scotia reports 1 new case of COVID-19 in central zone; 4 active cases
Employees work at the Canadian Hospital Specialities (CHS) helping take dual COVID-19 testing swab kits and separating them into two units to help with swab capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic in Oakville, Ont., on Monday, June 8, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)
HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia reported one new case of COVID-19 on Friday in the province's central zone. There are now four active cases in the province.
According to the province, the new case is related to travel outside of the Atlantic bubble, and the individual is self-isolating as required.
There is no longer anyone in hospital as a result of COVID-19.
Friday's new case is Nova Scotia's first in six days. The province last reported three new cases on Saturday, in the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s central zone.
Two of Saturday's cases were related to travel outside Canada while the third case is a close contact. The people are self-isolating, as required.
The cases are not related to the outbreak in New Brunswick.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 879 Nova Scotia tests on Thursday, with one new case identified.
To date, Nova Scotia has 103,590 negative test results.
There are 1,093 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, but 1,024 cases are considered resolved, and 65 people have died, leaving four 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: 915 cases
- northern zone: 68 cases
- eastern zone: 54 cases
STATE OF EMERGENCY RENEWED
The provincial state of emergency, which was first declared on March 22, has been extended to Nov 1, unless government terminates or extends it before then.
COVID ALERT APP NOW AVAILABLE
Nova Scotia health announced Thursday that Canada’s COVID-19 Alert app is now available in the province.
The app, which can be downloaded through the Apple of Google Play app stores, 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
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.