Strang Confirms Community Spread, Second Wave Begins; NS reports 5 new cases of COVID-19

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HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s top doctor is sounding the alarm by confirming the province is starting to see community expand in the Halifax area and is also on the start of its second wave of COVID- 19. “We are starting to see the community spread. Travel is not only the leading cause of all cases in the province right now, ”Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang said at a press conference on Tuesday.

“We had seven cases where we could not identify a source directly related to travel. Therefore, we have to conclude that it may be from local transmission. This is of great concern and an important turn of events for us here in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia reported five new cases on Tuesday, two of which were linked to two Halifax-area schools. There are now 24 active cases in the province.

“It’s a wake-up call. COVID is not just entering two of our schools, it is rapidly infiltrating many of our neighborhoods, especially here in the central area, ”said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Public health is struggling to trace a number of these cases. This is very disturbing and it tells me that we are not taking COVID seriously.

Strang noted that only three new cases of COVID-19 were reported in September and 21 cases in October. So far this month, 42 cases have been announced, indicating that Nova Scotia is at the start of a second wave.

“It’s a trajectory that we can’t continue to follow,” Strang said. “The ultimate trajectory, again, is up to us.”

Strang and McNeil have expressed concern about the steady increase in cases this month and urge Nova Scotians to follow the protocols in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“We let our guard down over the summer and COVID was low, but we need to improve our game,” Strang said. “We need to pay special attention to our social activities and our social connections.”

He said Nova Scotians should reduce the number of times they go out to socialize and keep their social circle closed. Indoor gatherings should be limited to groups of no more than 10 people.

Strang made a special appeal to young people between the ages of 18 and 35, noting that the current epidemic is affecting people in this age group.

“You are important to Nova Scotia. You are our future and we need you now to be leaders in taking a stand against COVID-19, ”he said. “I want you to be able to come back to the pandemic and say that you contributed, that you did it right and that you did your part.”

Strang also had harsh words for people who refuse to wear a face mask.

“Stop making excuses because you don’t feel like wearing a mask,” he said. “Science is now clearly showing that it protects others around us by wearing a mask. ”

On travel, Strang said Nova Scotians should stay in the Atlantic bubble and avoid travel outside the bubble unless necessary.

Meanwhile, McNeil has warned that if cases in the province continue to climb, he will not hesitate to shut down the economy again.

“Some people don’t take this virus seriously. If this behavior persists, we will be able to shut down our economy again, ”McNeil said. “I don’t want to do this, but I’m not going to watch COVID overtake a community.”

FIVE NEW CASES

Nova Scotia on Tuesday reported five new cases of COVID-19 in the central area of ​​the province, bringing the number of active cases to 24. Four more cases are considered resolved.

Two of the new cases are the school-based cases first announced on Monday. The other three cases are close contacts of previously reported cases.

966 TESTS COVID-19

On Monday, the Nova Scotia Health Authority labs performed 966 tests in Nova Scotia.

To date, Nova Scotia has recorded 123,422 negative test results and 1,151 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of these, 1,062 cases are now considered resolved and 65 people have died from the new coronavirus, leaving 24 active cases in the province.

There is no one in the hospital because of COVID-19.

Confirmed cases in the province range from under 10 to over 90.

Sixty percent of cases are women and 40% are men.

There are confirmed cases across the province, but most have been identified in the central area, which contains the Halifax Regional Municipality.

The provincial government says cumulative cases by area may change as data is updated in Panorama, the province’s electronic information system.

The numbers reflect where a person lives, not where their sample was collected.

  • West zone: 58 cases

  • Central zone: 961 cases

  • North zone: 77 cases

  • East Zone: 55 cases

The provincial state of emergency, first declared on March 22, has been extended until November 29.

POTENTIAL EXHIBITION AT THE DARTMOUTH TIRE SHOP

Nova Scotia health officials are warning the public of potential exposure to COVID-19 at a Dartmouth business.

Nova Scotia Health says anyone who visited the GCR Tire & Service Center at 42 Isnor Drive between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on November 13 may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus.

These people are advised to watch for symptoms. They can develop symptoms until November 27 inclusive.

Anyone with symptoms should complete an online self-assessment or call 811.

COVID ALERT APPLICATION

The Canadian COVID-19 alert application is available in Nova Scotia.

The app, which can be downloaded through Apple’s App Store or Google Play, informs users if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

LIST OF SYMPTOMS

Anyone who has a new or worsening fever or cough, or two or more of the following new or worsening symptoms, is encouraged to take an online test or call 811 to determine if they should be tested for it. COVID-19:

SELF-INSULATION AND MANDATORY MASKS

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone traveling to Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic region for non-essential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days and must complete a self-report form before coming to the province. Travelers should isolate themselves, away from others. If they can’t self-isolate on their own, their entire household must also self-isolate for 14 days.

Residents of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador are not required to self-isolate when traveling to Nova Scotia, but they must be prepared to provide proof of their place of residence at the provincial borders.

Visitors from outside the Atlantic region who have already isolated themselves in another Atlantic province for 14 days can travel to Nova Scotia without having to isolate themselves again.

It is mandatory to wear a face shield in indoor public spaces in Nova Scotia.

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