Nova Scotia announced on Sunday that it had identified 17 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the provincial total to 445.
The microbiology laboratory at the QEII Health Sciences Center conducted 778 tests in Nova Scotia on Saturday.
Ninety-seven people have now recovered and their COVID-19 cases are considered resolved.
Displacement has been removed as a requirement for COVID-19 testing as spread to the community is becoming more common. Although most cases in Nova Scotia are related to travel or a known case.
“On a weekend where many of us would visit family and observe tradition, let us pay tribute to those who work on the front lines in the best possible way – by staying at home,” said the Prime Minister Stephen McNeil. “Thank you to everyone who stays, minimizing contact with others and helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. “
The list of symptoms being screened has recently been expanded, with the province warning Nova Scotians who have at least two of the following symptoms:
Message to the province
Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang, also made a statement to Nova Scotians.
“The only way to overcome this deadly virus is to work together and support each other in the direction of public health,” said Strang. “None of this is easy. But it is vitally important for every Nova Scotian to do their part in ensuring the safety of their fellow citizens, especially those most at risk, including all who provide an essential service. “
Distribution of cases
To date, Nova Scotia has recorded 14,295 negative test results, 445 positive COVID-19 results and two deaths.
Confirmed cases vary from less than 10 years to more than 90 years.
Nine people are currently hospitalized, including four in the ICU.
Cases have been identified in all regions of the province. A map and graphical presentation of the case data are available at novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data.
Meanwhile, public health is working to identify and test people who may have been in close contact with the confirmed cases. Those who have been confirmed are forced to isolate themselves at home, away from the public, for 14 days.
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at novascotia.ca/coronavirus.