17 COVID cases announced on Wednesday

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Sixteen of the new cases are in the central area, including the case linked to St. Margaret’s Bay Elementary School which was reported last night.

PRESS RELEASE
COVID-19 / HEALTH / WELL-BEING
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As of December 2, Nova Scotia has 127 active cases of COVID-19. Seventeen new cases were identified on Tuesday December 1.
Sixteen of the new cases are in the central area, including the case linked to St. Margaret’s Bay Elementary School which was reported last night. The other case is in the northern zone and relates to travel outside of Atlantic Canada.

“We’re one week away with new, tougher restrictions in the greater Halifax area and restrictions on travel to and from this part of the province,” Premier Stephen McNeil said. “These are important steps to help contain the virus. We all need to continue to follow the protocols in order to slow the spread and protect each other. ”

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs performed 3,295 tests in Nova Scotia on December 1.

Yesterday 247 tests were administered at the pop-up rapid test site in Halifax and 453 tests were administered at the pop-up rapid test site in Wolfville. A positive test result has been identified at the Wolfville site. The individual was asked to self-isolate and was referred for a standard test.

Since October 1, Nova Scotia has performed 69,559 tests. There have been 243 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently hospitalized. The cases vary in age from under 10 to over 70 years old. One hundred and sixteen cases have now been resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“I am pleased to note that the number of our cases has remained relatively low in recent days,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia. “This does not mean that we can ignore the restrictions that are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Everyone should do their part – wear a mask, respect assembly limits, practice social distancing, wash their hands, and avoid non-essential travel in and out of the Halifax area. ”

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 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.

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. Currently, all non-essential trips to Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador require 14-day self-isolation. 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 unless they have completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

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:
– state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended until December 13
– 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
– Ongoing voluntary testing has been introduced to monitor, reduce and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care. Volunteers, designated caregivers, and employees who provide direct care to residents will be tested every two weeks. Ongoing testing will begin at three long-term care facilities: Northwood, Ocean View and St. Vincent and will expand to six more facilities over the next two weeks.

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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