No new COVID-19 cases but prolonged state of emergency

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As of today, August 8, Nova Scotia has two active cases of COVID-19

PRESS RELEASE
COVID-19 / HEALTH / WELL-BEING
*************************As of today, August 8, Nova Scotia has two active cases of COVID-19. No new cases were identified on Friday August 7.

The microbiology lab at QEII Health Sciences Center performed 501 tests in Nova Scotia on August 7 and is operating 24 hours a day.

To date, Nova Scotia has 65,949 negative test results, 1,071 positive cases for COVID-19 and 64 deaths. There is currently no one in the hospital due to COVID-19. The cases vary in age from under 10 to over 90 years old. 1005 cases are now resolved. Cases have been identified in all regions of the province. The cumulative cases by area may change as data is updated in Panorama.

The province is renewing the state of emergency to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians and ensure the safe reopening of businesses and services. The ordinance will take effect at noon on Sunday August 9 and will extend until Sunday August 23 at noon, unless the government terminates or extends it.

If you have any of the following symptoms, visit https://811.novascotia.ca to determine if you should call 811 for further evaluation:
– 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 fatigue
– loss of smell or taste
– red, purple or bluish lesions on the feet, toes or fingers with no clear cause

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health will work to identify and test people who may have been in close contact with that person. People who have been confirmed are to self-isolate in their homes, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has traveled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit contact with others until they feel better.
It remains important for Nova Scotians to adhere strictly to public health ordinances and directives – practicing good handwashing and other hygiene practices, maintaining physical distance when and where necessary. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

As of July 3, interprovincial travel to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the obligation to self-isolate for residents permanent staff from Atlantic Canada, are authorized. All public health guidelines from each province must be followed. Under the Nova Scotia Health Protection Act order, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories are required to self-isolate for 14 days. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have isolated themselves for 14 days in another Atlantic province can travel to Nova Scotia without isolating themselves again.

Nova Scotians can find accurate and up-to-date 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.

Fast facts:
– test figures are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
– the state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended until August 23.

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 available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to anyone experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis, or anyone concerned about it, by calling 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 24/7 help or information about domestic violence, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll free)

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