Nova Scotians urged to avoid Campbellton region; no new COVID-19 cases reported
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 Scotians are being urged to avoid unnecessary travel to New Brunswick’s Campbellton-Restigouche region, which is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19.
As of Thursday, New Brunswick was reporting 55 active cases in the Campbellton-Restigouche region. Three new cases were also announced.
While there are no changes to Nova Scotia’s border policy, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang has issued a travel advisory, asking residents to avoid the region, if possible.
NO NEW CASES IN NOVA SCOTIA
Nova Scotia reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. One previously reported case is now considered recovered, leaving four active cases in the province.
Thursday is the fourth consecutive day no new cases were identified, breaking a three-day streak of new cases being reported.
From Friday to Sunday, five new cases were reported, all in the Nova Scotia Health Authority's central zone, and all related to travel outside of the Atlantic bubble.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 975 Nova Scotia tests on Wednesday, with no new cases identified.
To date, Nova Scotia has 106,965 negative test results.
There are 1,097 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, but 1,028 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: 919 cases
- Northern zone: 68 cases
- Eastern zone: 54 cases
STATE OF EMERGENCY RENEWED UNTIL NOVEMBER
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.
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.