Today, October 13, Nova Scotia is reporting 24 new cases of COVID-19 and 32 recoveries.
There are 23 cases in Central Zone and one case in Western Zone.
There is community spread in Central Zone, primarily among people aged 20 to 40 who are unvaccinated and participating in social activities.
On October 12, five schools were notified of an exposure(s) at their school. As always, all staff, parents and guardians are notified of exposures if a positive case (student, teacher or staff) was at the school while infectious. A list of schools with exposures is available online: https://backtoschool.ednet.ns.
As of today, Nova Scotia has 187 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, 16 people are in hospital, including two in ICU.
On October 12, Nova Scotia Health Authority's labs completed 2,034 tests.
As of October 12, 1,537,698 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 742,288 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.
Since August 1, there have been 1,137 positive COVID-19 cases and four deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 946 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.
Nova Scotians with or without symptoms can book a test at: https://covid-self-assessment.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is advised to self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test.
Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results, unless they are fully vaccinated. If they are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the exposure date, they do not need to self-isolate as long as they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. They should still get tested and should monitor for symptoms up to 14 days after the exposure date. If symptoms develop, they should get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.
Symptoms and self-assessment:
Nova Scotians should visit https://covid-self-assessment.
-- cough (new or worsening)
Or two or more of the following symptoms:
-- fever (chills, sweats)
-- runny nose or nasal congestion
-- sore throat
-- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
People should call 811 if they cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about their symptoms.
Anyone with symptoms should immediately self-isolate and book a test.
-- a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020, and has been extended to October 17, 2021
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavi
More information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavi
More information about public health text notifications of positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts is available here: https://www.nshealth.ca/news/p
Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus or 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)