COVID-19 / HEALTH / WELL-BEING
*************************As of August 2, Nova Scotia has four active cases of COVID-19. Two new cases were identified on Saturday August 1.
The new cases are in the central area and are linked to travel outside of Canada. People isolated themselves, if necessary. One case is linked to the two reported last week.
The microbiology lab at QEII Health Sciences Center performed 334 tests in Nova Scotia on August 1 and is operating 24 hours a day.
To date, Nova Scotia has 64,184 negative test results, 1,071 positive COVID-19 cases 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. 1003 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.
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
– shortness of breath
– muscle aches
– nasal congestion / runny nose
– 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.
– 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 9.
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 for 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)