The number of COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia rose to 549 on Wednesday, following the announcement of 32 new positive tests.
The microbiology laboratory at the QEII Health Sciences Center performed 855 tests on Tuesday and operates 24 hours. So far, there have been 17,419 negative tests.
Most cases are related to a trip or a known case, but the community spreads.
Nine people are hospitalized with COVID-19, while four of them are in the intensive care unit.
Premier Stephen McNeil and Nova Scotia’s Surgeon General, Dr. Robert Strang, are expected to provide an update on the virus at 3:00 p.m. AT. CBC News will share the live stream from the press conference.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority has announced potential exposures to COVID-19 at several locations in the Halifax area, including:
- The Atlantic Superstore at 8 Braemar Drive in Dartmouth on April 9 and 11.
- Halifax Transit route 61 to the Bridge / Halifax terminal between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on April 11.
- Halifax Transit Route 10 to Dalhousie via Bridge Bridge between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 11.
Public Health directly contacts people known to be in close contact with people confirmed to have a positive test for COVID-19. Although most people have been contacted, it is possible that there may be more people affected.
The province recently expanded the list of symptoms screened for COVID-19. They are:
- New or worsened cough.
- Throat irritated.
- Runny nose.
Anyone with two or more of these symptoms should visit the 811 website for a self-assessment questionnaire to determine if 811 should be called for further evaluation.
Sobeys employee positive
Sobeys confirmed on Wednesday that one of its employees at the Forest Hills Parkway site in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, had a positive COVID-19 test result.
The company says the employee last worked on April 6.
“Public health has reviewed the circumstances of this case and has indicated that the risk of exposure to other employees and customers is low,” Sobeys said in a statement to CBC News.
“All the measures recommended by public health have been fully implemented and are finished. “
The company said the store remains open due to its “strict and constant cleaning protocols”. He said public health had not asked for the site to be closed.