HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, as well as 14 recoveries, as the active number of cases in the province drops to 60 - the lowest number of active cases reported in the province since April 18.

"We wouldn't be where we are today without the co-operation and hard work of Nova Scotians," said Premier Iain Rankin in a news release. "I understand the restrictions are hard, but given the risks with the Delta variant, they are needed to protect Nova Scotians as we continue to work get people fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine."

It is the second time in three days that the province has reported no new cases. Officials reported two new cases on Tuesday, after reporting zero new cases on Monday, the first day with no new cases since March 29.

Public Health says there is now “limited community spread” in the Central zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

"Our case numbers have been very promising the past few days," said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health in a news release. "Thank you for continuing to look after each other by continuing to follow public health measures, getting tested regularly and getting vaccinated."

Late Wednesday evening, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Education said there was a confirmed case at Joseph Howe Elementary in Halifax.

"The school will be closed to students until Monday to allow for testing of close contacts and a deep cleaning of the school," the department said in a news release. "The school will inform families about at-home learning."

Families and students can expect to receive an update before Monday, the department said.

CASE DATA

On Tuesday, Nova Scotia labs processed 3,490 tests, and have now processed a total of 917,659 since the start of the pandemic.

There have been 5,793 cumulative COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia. Of those, 5,641 people have recovered, and 92 have died due to COVID-19.

According to the province's online dashboard, there are currently three individuals in hospital, including one person in an intensive care unit.

Since April 1, there have been 4,051 positive COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths. Of the new cases since April 1, 3,965 are now considered resolved.

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: 287 cases (four active cases)
  • Central zone: 4,607 cases (42 active cases)
  • Northern zone: 298 cases (four active case)
  • Eastern zone: 601 cases (10 active cases)

The provincial state of emergency, which was first declared on March 22, 2020, has been extended to June 27, 2021.

VACCINE UPDATE

The province's COVID-19 online dashboard provides an update on the number of vaccines that have been administered to date.

As of Wednesday, 808,713 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, with approximately 71.7 per cent of the province's overall population having received at least one dose. Of those, 112,328 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

The province says it has received a total of 924,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine since Dec. 15.

All Nova Scotians are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they are eligible. COVID-19 vaccination appointments can be made online or by phone at 1-833-797-7772.

NOVA SCOTIANS ENCOURAGED TO SEEK ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING

Public health is strongly encouraging Nova Scotians to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have had several social interactions, even with their own social circle.

COVID-19 tests can be booked through the province's online self-assessment COVID-19 tool, or by calling 811.

People can also visit one of Nova Scotia’s rapid pop-up testing sites that continue to operate throughout the province.

  • Alderney Gate (60 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth) from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Centennial Arena (27 Vimy Ave., Halifax) from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Halifax Central Library (5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS), from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Halifax Convention Centre (1650 Argyle St., Halifax), from noon to 7 p.m.
  • New Minas Fire Hall (6 Jones Rd., New Minas) from noon to 7 p.m.

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
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose/nasal congestion