Province Announces Four More Deaths In Northwood And 8 New Cases Of COVID-19 Friday

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PRESS RELEASE
COVID-19 / HEALTH / WELL-BEING
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Today, May 15, Nova Scotia reports four more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 55. The deaths occurred at the Northwood long-term care home in the Regional Municipality of Halifax .

As of May 15, Nova Scotia has 1,034 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date. Eight new cases were identified Thursday, May 14.

The microbiology laboratory at the QEII Health Sciences Center conducted 473 tests in Nova Scotia on May 14 and is operational 24 hours a day.

Nova Scotia has three licensed long-term care homes and unlicensed facilities for the elderly with active COVID-19 cases. Northwood in Halifax currently has 25 residents and 15 employees with active cases. Another establishment has a staff member with an active case of COVID-19 and another establishment has a resident with an active case.

If you have two or more of the following symptoms, visit https://811.novascotia.ca to determine if you should call 811 for further assessment:
– fever
– new or worsening cough
– sore throat
– runny nose
– headache

To date, Nova Scotia has obtained 35,375 negative test results, 1,034 positive COVID-19 test results and 55 deaths. Confirmed cases vary from less than 10 years to more than 90 years. Nine people are currently hospitalized, including five in the ICU. Nine hundred and eighteen people have now recovered and their COVID-19 cases are considered resolved. Cases have been identified in all regions of the province. A map and graphical presentation of the case data are available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data.

The province is renewing the state of emergency for two more weeks. The ordinance will take effect on Sunday, May 17, at noon and will continue until Sunday, May 31, at noon, unless the government cancels or extends it.

Public health is working to identify and test people who may have been in close contact with 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 be isolated for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who exhibits symptoms of acute respiratory disease should limit contact with others until they feel better.

It is now more important than ever for Nova Scotians to adhere strictly to public health orders and directives – practice good hygiene, maintain a physical distance of two meters or six feet from others, limit essential gatherings to no more than five people and stay at home as much as possible.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

Quick facts:
– the test numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
– a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended until May 31

Additional resources:
Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada Toll Free Information Line 1-833-784-4397

The Provincial Mental Health Crisis Line is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to anyone struggling with a mental health or drug addiction crisis, or to anyone concerned about it, by dialing 1- 888-429-8167 (toll free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll free)

For help or information about family violence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll free)
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