35 of 37 new COVID cases announced on Tuesday are in the central area

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PRESS RELEASE
COVID-19 / HEALTH / WELL-BEING
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As of November 24, Nova Scotia has 87 active cases of COVID-19. Thirty-seven new cases are reported today.Thirty-five of the new cases are in the central zone, and one case in the northern zone is linked to exposures in the central zone. All of these cases were identified on Monday, November 23.

There is also a case, identified today, at the Northeast Kings Education Center in Canning, Kings. Co., in the western area.

The person is not in school today and is self-isolating. Public health will be in close contact with their ongoing investigation and will inform next steps. Everyone in a class that a confirmed case has attended is tested and asked to self-isolate for 14 days. The Northeast Kings Education Center will be closed for the remainder of the week and students will be supported to learn at home.

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs performed 1,561 tests in Nova Scotia on November 23.

Since October 1, Nova Scotia has recorded 35,188 negative test results, 138 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently hospitalized. Cases range from under 10 to over 70. Fifty-one cases have now been resolved. 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 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 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 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 November 23, the rules for interprovincial travel to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. Premiers of the four Atlantic provinces warn against non-essential travel to neighboring provinces. As of today, November 24, all non-essential trips to Prince Edward Island require 14-day self-isolation. As of Wednesday, November 25, all non-essential trips to Newfoundland and Labrador require a 14-day self-isolation period. These changes will be in effect for two weeks. All public health guidelines from each province must be followed. Under the authority of the Nova Scotia Health Protection Act, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days.

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 November 29
– Online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians taking a test at all primary assessment centers or at the IWK Health Center in Halifax

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

For more information on COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus / symptoms-and-tests /

The COVID-19 self-assessment can be found at https: // covid-self-evaluation.novascotia.ca/

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