Province Announces New COVID-19 Case Wednesday

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The source of the infection is still under investigation by Public Health and the person is hospitalized

PRESS RELEASE
COVID-19 / HEALTH / WELL-BEING
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As of today, July 15, Nova Scotia has two active cases of COVID-19. A new case was identified on Tuesday July 14.The source of infection for this new case, which is located in the central area, is still under investigation by public health and this person is hospitalized.

The microbiology laboratory at the QEII Health Sciences Center performed 444 tests in Nova Scotia on July 14 and operates 24 hours a day.

There are no long-term care homes licensed in Nova Scotia with active cases of COVID-19.

The Nova Scotian who remained in hospital after his COVID-19 infection was considered resolved has been discharged.

To date, Nova Scotia has 58,315 negative test results, 1,067 positive COVID-19 cases, 63 deaths and two active COVID-19 cases. The age of the cases varies from less than 10 to more than 90 years. One thousand two cases are now resolved. One person is currently hospitalized. Cases have been identified in all regions of the province. Cumulative cases by area may change as the data is updated in Panorama.

If you have any of the following symptoms, visit https://811.novascotia.ca to determine if you should call 811 for further assessment:
– fever (i.e. chills, sweating)
– cough or worsening of a previous cough
– sore throat
– headache
– shortness of breath
– muscle aches
– sneezing
– nasal congestion / runny nose
– hoarsely
– diarrhea
– unusual tiredness
– loss of smell or taste
– red, purple or bluish lesions on the feet, toes or fingers without a clear cause

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health will try to identify and test people who may have been in close contact with that person. 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 Atlantic Canada must isolate themselves for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian with symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to public health order and guidelines – practice good hand washing and other hygienic measures, maintain physical distance when and where required, and wearing a non-medical mask is strongly recommended when physical distance is difficult.

Since July 3, interprovincial trips to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, with no obligation to isolate themselves for permanent residents of Canada Atlantic, are allowed. All public health guidelines in each province must be followed. Visitors to other provinces and territories of Canada are required to isolate themselves for 14 days under the Nova Scotia Health Protection Act. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have been isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic province can travel to Nova Scotia without isolating themselves again.

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

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them reopen safely at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia.

Quick facts:
– the test numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
– state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended until July 26

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

Government of Canada Information Line 1-833-784-4397 (toll free)

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

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 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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