One death, two new cases of COVID-19

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Province reports one death and two new cases in northern zone, for a total of seven active cases

PRESS RELEASE
COVID-19 / HEALTH / WELL-BEING
*************************As of August 23, Nova Scotia has seven active cases of COVID-19. Two new cases were identified on Saturday August 22.

Nova Scotia reports one additional death from COVID-19, bringing the total to 65. A man over 80 has died in the northern area. His case is linked to a previous case of a traveler coming from outside the Atlantic bubble. He was not a resident of a long-term care home.

The new positive cases are in the northern area and are currently under public health investigation. They are linked to previous positive cases.

“My hearts are with this man’s family and loved ones,” Premier Stephen McNeil said. “It’s a stark reminder that COVID-19 is still in our province and still poses a risk. We must all continue to work together and follow public health advice and protocols to protect each other and keep our citizens safe. ”

The microbiology laboratory at QEII Health Sciences Center performed 425 tests in Nova Scotia on August 22 and is operating 24 hours a day.

To date, Nova Scotia has recorded 71,018 negative test results, 1,080 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. No one is currently hospitalized. The cases vary in age from under 10 to over 90 years old. One thousand eight cases are now resolved. Cases have been identified in all regions of the province. The cumulative cases by area may change as the data is updated in Panorama.

“I am saddened by this loss and also extend my deepest condolences to the family,” said Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health. “Please be vigilant for the virus. Wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and keep your physical distance. If you are traveling and are out of the Atlantic bubble, isolate yourself when you return home to Nova Scotia. Our actions protect us and we protect each other. ”

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. Those who have been confirmed are to self-isolate at 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 when needed. 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, with no obligation to self-isolate for permanent residents of the Atlantic Canada, are permitted. All public health guidelines from each province must be followed. Under the authority of the Nova Scotia Health Protection Act, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must 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
– state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended until September 6

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 on domestic violence, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll free)

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