Public health says the cases are still under investigation.
“As there is an upsurge in cases, I am increasingly concerned that people are living as though we are not in the middle of a pandemic,” Premier Stephen McNeil said.
According to infectious disease specialist Dr. Lisa Barrett, even though cases in the region have remained at the lower end, things can change very quickly, just as they have in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
“I think the time has come, without being said, to just reduce the number of outings we do. I know that’s not what everyone wants to hear, but if we do it now for a few weeks, we could save ourselves a full lockdown later, ”Barrett said.
The province reported six new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday also all in the central area, the largest one-day increase in cases the province has seen since May.
According to health officials, the six cases are contacts of previously reported cases.
One of the new cases is linked to the Bitter End in Halifax, a restaurant that appears to be linked to the Clayton Park cluster reported earlier this week.
The province said the remaining cases were part of an emerging cluster that is under public health investigation.
“As we’ve seen in other provinces, cases of COVID-19 can increase in no time at all,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health.
“We must not let our guard down in Nova Scotia. Please continue to adhere to the protocols and limit the number of your close social contacts and social activities. “CALLS FOR STRONGER PENALTIES, Mandatory Contact Follow-up
The group representing Nova Scotia restaurants is urging the province to make contact tracing mandatory and enforce tougher penalties for those who break the rules.
“People who break protocol and come out knowing they are infected,” said Gordon Stewart of the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia.
“Not without knowing it, but knowing that they are still infected. There should be severe penalties for these people, because that is the weakest link in the chain. ”
Prime Minister Stephen MacNeil shared his frustration on Sunday, urging everyone to follow public health protocols.
“I know most Nova Scotians follow public health guidelines to protect each other,” MacNeil said.
“However, people who don’t respect them are not only putting their health on the line, but also that of others. We all have a responsibility to behave responsibly in order to stop the spread of the virus. “
POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO COVID-19
Nova Scotia has reported 10 possible COVID-19 exposures across HRM in just two days.
Health officials are asking anyone who visited the local bar and restaurant on November 9 between 4 p.m. and near to contact 811 and arrange for a COVID-19 test, whether you are showing symptoms of the virus or not. .
The updated information came in a public health press release on Saturday night.
“Our investigation is continuing into several cases in the central area, primarily in the Halifax area at this time. Sometimes we collect information throughout our investigation, which means we have to issue new information and new advice, ”said Dr Claudia Sarbu, regional medical officer of the province, in a press release on Saturday evening. .
“These steps are being taken to help us contain and manage the spread of COVID-19 and to protest the health of Nova Scotians.
Originally, officials said Friday that anyone at the restaurant should self-monitor for symptoms until November 23 inclusive.
The local bar and restaurant is located in downtown Halifax at 2037 Gottingen Street.
Nine other potential COVID-19 exposures were also identified on Friday and Saturday at the following dates and times:
The Economy Shoe Shop Bar and Restaurant le 8 novembre, entre 20h30 et 23h
John W. Lindsay YMCA on Sackville Street November 9-10, 6-8 a.m., but only in the gymnasium section of this facility.
Tim Hortons on Verdi Drive, (Bedford Commons) November 12 from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Real Fake Meats in Halifax located at 2278 Gottingen Street on October 31 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Antojo Tacos and Tequila in Halifax located at 1667 Argyle Street on October 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
MEC in Halifax located at 1550 Granville Street on November 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Aerobics First in Halifax located at 6166 Quinpool Rd. On November 7 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Pet Valu in Halifax located at 5686 Spring Garden Rd. On November 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
East Preston Recreation Center – Gym / Basketball Court in East Preston, NS, located at 24 Brooks Drive, November 9 from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
According to Nova Scotia Health, anyone who was at any of these nine locations on the dates and times listed above should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days, after the day of the day. exposure.
If symptoms of COVID-19 develop, they should self-isolate and take the online self-assessment or call 811 to get tested.
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:
Nova Scotia Health Authority labs performed 714 tests in Nova Scotia on Saturday.
To date, Nova Scotia has recorded 121,974 negative test results and 1,144 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of these, 1,058 cases are now considered resolved and 65 people have died from the novel coronavirus.
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: 954 cases
North zone: 77 cases
East Zone: 55 cases
ONLINE RESERVATION FOR COVID TESTS
Nova Scotia’s online booking for COVID-19 testing is now available to everyone across the province.
Nova Scotians must first complete the online self-assessment to determine if they need a COVID-19 test. If they require a test, they will be directed to the online booking site to make an appointment.
Tests should be scheduled within 48 hours of completing the self-assessment.
COVID ALERT APPLICATION
Earlier in October, Nova Scotia Health announced that the Canadian COVID-19 alert app is now available in the province.
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.
RENEWED STATE OF EMERGENCY
The provincial state of emergency, which was first declared on March 22, has been extended until November 29, unless the government ends or extends it before then.
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 must isolate themselves, far 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 self-isolated in another Atlantic province for 14 days can travel to Nova Scotia without having to isolate themselves again.