Nova Scotia Reports 9 New Cases of Coronavirus, 1 Linked to Bedford South School – Halifax


Nova Scotia health officials report nine new cases of the coronavirus on Friday.All are located in the central area.

A case first detected on Friday is a student at Bedford South School, Premier Stephen McNeil confirmed in a provincial COVID-19 update on Friday.

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The individual was out of school Friday and is self-isolating, health officials say.

COVID-19 case detected at Bedford South School in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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However, the school will remain closed until December 2 for cleaning.

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Everyone in a class that a confirmed case has attended will be tested and must self-isolate for 14 days, confirmed Dr Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health.

Relevant students will be transferred to home learning and public health officials are trying to get in touch with close contacts.

As a result of the positive tests reported on Friday, there are now 118 active cases in Nova Scotia.

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Quick test of a model for other provinces

Strang asked for patience on Friday as health teams across the province scramble to test large numbers of people, including those being tested at the rapid testing locations offered this week.

He said the rapid test pop-up site in downtown Halifax completed 1,142 of 3,109 tests conducted on Thursday.

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Four people tested positive at the Clyde Street pop-up and were asked to self-isolate and were referred for a standard test.

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The COVID-19 rapid test site is located at the Alderney Gate Public Library in Dartmouth on Friday. It will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Strang stressed that the rapid tests are less accurate than the normal tests used by the province, but allow them to treat more people.

He said the provinces of Canada are looking closely at the model they have tried to develop.

He thanked Dr. Lisa Barrett, an infectious disease specialist at Dalhousie University, and Dr. Todd Hatchette who took charge of the rapid testing sites.

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The best doctor in the province said Wolfville will likely receive a pop-up rapid test site next week. This decision comes after the wastewater test and the detection of the presence of COVID-19.

Strang said this could indicate COVID-19 has spread outside of HRM.

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The provincial update also focused on the challenge that health officials have faced in trying to track and track a growing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Less than a week ago, the Nova Scotia Department of Public Health had 276 ongoing investigations, each with an average of five or six close contacts.

On Friday, public health was processing 1,058 open investigations.

Each case they diagnose as positive has an average of seven close contacts, although some have quite a few more, Strang said.

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Upcoming tests in long-term care homes

Nova Scotia also launched a new voluntary screening program in long-term care homes across the province on Friday.

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Volunteers, designated caregivers and employees who provide direct care to residents will now be tested every two weeks.

The aim is to monitor, reduce and prevent the spread of the virus.

Ongoing testing has started at three long-term care facilities: Northwood, Ocean View and St. Vincent’s and will expand to six more facilities over the next two weeks.

Essential travel only

The Premier has warned Nova Scotians – especially those in the Central Zone – that they should be aware of what they are doing this weekend as the holiday season unofficially begins on Black Friday.

“We recommend that you only travel for what is essential,” McNeil said. “Shopping is not an essential service. ”

It was a message picked up by Strang.

“The second wave is clearly here in Halifax and we’re trying to keep it here in Halifax,” Strang said.

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The province implemented new restrictions in the Halifax area this week.

New Brunswick joined Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador on Thursday in tightening border restrictions and taking a break from the Atlantic bubble.

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Anyone entering New Brunswick, including Nova Scotians, will now be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Strang said on Friday the province has not made a decision to implement more restrictions at this time, which means there is no need to self-isolate for 14 days if travelers come from other places. Atlantic provinces.

He stressed that travel should only be for essential reasons. This includes not only out-of-province travel, but also travel to or from HRM.

McNeil said the province considers essential travel to be for medical appointments or things of that nature.

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Nova Scotia also renewed its state of emergency for another two weeks.

The renewed ordinance will take effect at noon on November 29 and continue until noon on December 13, unless the province terminates or extends it.

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