Two new cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

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PRESS RELEASE
COVID-19 / HEALTH / WELL-BEING
*************************As of October 17, Nova Scotia has five active cases of COVID-19. Two new cases were identified on Friday October 16.

The two new cases are in the central area and both are linked to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The two individuals self-isolated, if necessary.

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs performed 1,039 tests in Nova Scotia on October 16.

To date, Nova Scotia has 104,392 negative test results, 1,095 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. No one is currently hospitalized. Cases range from under 10 to over 90 years old. One thousand and twenty-five cases have now been 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.

Visitez https: // covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or are currently living:
– fever (i.e. chills / sweats) or cough (new or worsening)
Or:
Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
– sore throat
– runny nose / nasal congestion
– headache
– shortness of breath

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or if you want to talk to a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works 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 guidelines – practicing good hand washing and other hygienic 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, 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
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 24/7 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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