Nova Scotia reports 5 new cases of COVID-19, 2 at universities

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Nova Scotia reported five new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, including a student at Acadia University in Wolfville and another at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Both cases relate to travel outside of Atlantic Canada.

The Acadia student, who lives on campus, has self-isolated, according to a note posted on the school’s website Sunday night.

“The student did not experience any symptoms and we are grateful to him for following health advice for testing and quarantine,” the memo reads.

The Dalhousie student lives off campus and also self-isolates when needed.

“We thank the student for requesting tests and wish him a speedy recovery,” said Verity Turpin, Acting Vice-Provost of Student Affairs, in an email note to staff and students on Monday.

There are now five cases identified at universities across Nova Scotia this month as students return from winter break.

The province on Friday urged post-secondary students who returned to Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic provinces to book a COVID-19 test on the sixth, seventh or eighth day of their isolation, which they present symptoms or not.

Any student showing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online self-assessment or call 811. Students will still be required to complete their period of isolation even with a negative result.

A second case of COVID-19 was reported Monday in the central region. It is also linked to travel outside of Atlantic Canada.

The other two cases are in the northern health zone. One case is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada, and the other is close contact with a previously reported case.

Vaccinations begin outside Halifax

A Cape Breton nurse received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, marking the first vaccination outside the Halifax area.

The province has also started immunizing residents of long-term care facilities, starting with the Northwood sites in Halifax and Bedford.

“Our vaccine deployment takes another milestone today with the first clinic at a long-term care facility – the Northwood campus in Halifax – and another at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital,” said the Premier Stephen McNeil in a statement.

“Our healthcare professionals are working hard to get the vaccine out as quickly as possible. We can support them by being patient and continuing to follow all public health measures that help us contain the virus. ”

Vaccines using the Pfizer vaccine will begin delivery Tuesday in the western health zone of the province at the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville.

A government spokesman told CBC News that Phase 1 vaccinations in the Western Health Zone will be limited to health workers and designated caregivers in long-term care homes.

Ann Hicks was “absolutely delighted” to be the first Northwood resident to be immune to COVID-19 on Monday. Northwood Long-Term Care Program Executive Director Josie Ryan says all residents at the Halifax facility should be vaccinated this week. 0:58

The province reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, marking the first such day in two months.

Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Robert Strang said it was “good news, but not an indication that COVID-19 is no longer a risk.”

“It’s up to all of us to follow public health measures to make sure we limit the spread of the virus,” he said in a statement.

As of Monday, there were 26 known active cases in the province. No one was in the hospital with COVID-19.

The laboratories of the Nova Scotia Health Authority performed 2,193 tests on Sunday.

Atlantic Canada Case Numbers

The latest COVID-19 numbers for the Atlantic provinces are:

  • New Brunswick reported 21 new cases on Monday with 204 active cases. Every area in the province has been brought back to orange phase restrictions to cope with the growing number of cases.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported no new cases on Monday. There are five active cases in the province, with one person in hospital.
  • Prince Edward Island had one new case and eight active cases last Thursday.

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