COVID-19 / HEALTH / WELL-BEING
Today, May 16, Nova Scotia is reporting 126 new cases of COVID-19 and 103 recoveries.
There are 106 cases in the central zone, nine in the east zone, nine in the west zone and two in the north zone.
“Today’s numbers are a clear reminder that if we are on the right track, we cannot let our guard down,” Premier Iain Rankin said. “It is essential that we all continue to follow public health protocols and get tested regularly. Stay in your community, stay positive and stay safe. “
A tenth patient in a non-COVID unit at the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Center has tested positive for COVID-19. They had been released and are recovering at home. The other patients in the non-COVID unit have tested negative and are being closely monitored. As a precaution, the Nova Scotia Health Authority is testing staff and physicians who have worked on the unit.
There is a scattered community in the central area. The eastern, northern and western areas continue to be closely watched for community spread. There are some areas of concern, particularly in Sydney, Bridgewater, and the Annapolis Valley, from New Minas to Kentville. Testing has been stepped up in these areas.
To date, Nova Scotia has 1,531 active cases of COVID-19. There are 92 people in the hospital, including 21 in intensive care.
On May 15, the Nova Scotia Health Authority labs performed 6,660 tests.
“We knew we were going to have ups and downs as we worked to bring this epidemic under control,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia. “We can reduce these numbers if we stay the course and continue to monitor all public health measures. Stay close to home and be kind to each other. “
Since April 1, there have been 2,994 positive COVID-19 cases and six deaths. Cases vary in age from under 10 to over 90 years old. There are 1,457 resolved cases. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 55 years for people not resuscitating and 59 years for people in intensive care. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.
Traveling to Nova Scotia:
Nova Scotians should stay as close to their homes and communities as possible, unless travel is essential for work, care, shopping or necessary medical appointments, including medical appointments. vaccination. In this case, “community” is defined as a municipality or a county. Detailed information is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavi
Nova Scotians with or without symptoms can book a test at https: // covid-self-assessment.
More information on the tests can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/corona
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 is advised to self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test. Everyone they live with should also self-isolate until the person has their first negative result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone on what to do next.
Anyone told by public health that they were a close contact must perform a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with should also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone on what to do next.
Symptoms and self-assessment:
Nova Scotians should visit 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
People should call 811 if they can’t access the online self-assessment or if they want to talk to a nurse about their symptoms.
Anyone showing symptoms should immediately self-isolate and book a test.
– state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended until May 30, 2021
– due to an increased number of investigations, the exposure category (ie 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
More information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavi
For more information on testing in the Sydney, Bridgwater and Annapolis Valley areas, please see: https://www.nshealth.ca/news/p
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
To learn more about public health text notifications of positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts, click here: https://www.nshealth.ca/news/p
More information on what is considered essential travel is available here: https://novascotia.ca/coronavi
Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus or 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)
Anyone needing help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction issue can call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll free) weekdays from 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)