HALIFAX, N.S. –
Nova Scotia has 27 new cases of COVID-19, officials said Monday.
No new deaths have been reported.
The cases, which were identified on Sunday, bring the total in the province to 900, the statement said.
The province did not hold a formal briefing with Premier Stephen McNeil and Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang on Monday, instead of including quotes from the two in the news release.
“We will get through this extremely difficult time by pulling together and supporting each other,” said McNeil in the release. “Please continue to reach out to your loved ones, be there for those who are grieving or having a difficult time and who know that we will overcome this. “
To date, 24 deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported in Nova Scotia.
There have been 26,231 negative test results in the province, the release said. Of the confirmed cases, 509 have recovered and are considered resolved. Cases have been identified in all regions of the province.
Twelve people are hospitalized, three of whom are in ICU.
The microbiology laboratory at the QEII Health Sciences Center conducted 645 tests in Nova Scotia on Sunday and operates 24 hours a day, the statement said.
“Aggressive and accessible testing remains an essential part of Nova Scotia’s fight against COVID-19. We need to identify and deal with as many cases as possible, “said Strang in the statement.
“If you have two of these symptoms – fever, new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose or headache – please visit the 811 website. If you do not have access to the Internet, please call 811. “
According to the most recent data, 10 licensed long-term care homes and unregistered seniors’ facilities in Nova Scotia had confirmed cases of COVID-19, involving 198 residents and 95 employees.
Public health is working to identify and test those 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.
Anyone who has traveled outside of Nova Scotia must isolate themselves for 14 days, but as the spread to the community is now confirmed, travel is not required for testing.
The statement stresses the importance of strict compliance with public health ordinances and guidelines to maintain a physical distance of two meters from each other, limit essential gatherings to a maximum of five people, and stay at home as much as possible. Practicing good hygiene and washing your hands remains a priority.
Over the weekend, Halifax Regional Police issued 12 tickets for violations of the Health Protection Act and the Emergency Management Act, bringing the total to 151 since the province declared a state of emergency, according to a police press release.
“The majority of them were about being in areas prohibited under the Emergency Management Act,” said the HRP statement. “Since the declaration of the state of emergency, HRP has responded to a total of 1,402 calls related to COVID-19.”