Ten new cases of COVID-19 announced Tuesday in the central area

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As of December 1, Nova Scotia has 142 active cases of COVID-19

PRESS RELEASE
COVID-19 / HEALTH / WELL-BEING
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As of December 1, Nova Scotia has 142 active cases of COVID-19. Ten new cases were identified on Monday, November 30, with all new cases in the central area.

Nova Scotia Health Authority laboratories performed 4,138 tests in Nova Scotia on November 30.

Yesterday 275 tests were administered at the pop-up rapid test site in Halifax and 585 tests were administered at the pop-up rapid test site in Wolfville. No positive test results were identified at any of the sites.

Since October 1, Nova Scotia has performed 66,263 tests. There have been 226 positive cases for COVID-19 and no deaths. No one is currently hospitalized. The cases vary in age from under 10 to over 70 years old. Eighty-four cases have now been resolved. Cumulative cases may change as 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 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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