COVID-19 / HEALTH / WELL-BEING
Nova Scotia is reporting 146 new cases of COVID-19 today as of May 3.
There are 130 cases in the central zone, nine in the east zone, four in the north zone and three in the west zone.
There is a scattered community in the central area. The eastern, northern and western areas continue to be closely watched for community spread.
As reported on April 30, due to the volume of testing in the province, the Nova Scotia Health Authority lab is in backlog. There is also a delay in entering public health case data into Panorama.
To date, Nova Scotia has 943 active cases of COVID-19. There are 40 people in the hospital, six of whom are in the ICU.
On May 2, the laboratories of the Nova Scotia Health Authority performed 17,092 tests.
As of May 2, 320,910 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered. Of that number, 36,600 Nova Scotians received their second dose.
Since October 1, there have been 1,765 positive COVID-19 cases and two deaths. Cases vary in age from under 10 to over 90 years old. There are 820 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.
Nova Scotia is currently subject to more stringent restrictions to protect public health. Information at https://novascotia.ca/coronavi
Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites if they do not have symptoms but wish to get tested. Instant rapid test sites continue to be set up across the province. More information on the tests can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/corona
Due to the backlog, anyone who has already booked an asymptomatic appointment must cancel it by following the instructions in their confirmation email.
The following people can and should continue to book tests:
– anyone with symptoms
– anyone who has been informed that they are a close contact of a known case
– anyone who has been in a place of exhibition
– anyone who has traveled outside of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador
Surgical patients who are scheduled for a preoperative COVID-19 test 72 hours before surgery should not cancel their test.
Visitez https: // covid-self-assessment.
– fever (i.e. chills / sweats) or cough (new or worsening)
– sore throat
– runny nose / nasal congestion
– shortness of breath / difficulty breathing
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, the person must self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health is working to identify and test people who may have been in close contact with that person.
Anyone who has traveled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone 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 directives – practicing good handwashing and other hygienic practices, maintaining physical distance when and where necessary. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most cases. Information is at https://novascotia.ca/coronavi
Nova Scotians can find accurate and up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavi
Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them reopen and operate safely at https://novascotia.ca/reopenin
– Additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavi
– state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended until May 16, 2021
– due to an increased number of investigations in recent days, the exposure category (i.e. travel, close contact or under investigation) is not available at the time of release. A breakdown by zone identifying the exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly.
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 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis, or anyone concerned about it, by calling 1-888-429 -8167 (toll free)
If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction issue, call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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/coronavi