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King's Wharf residents, visitors asked to get tested for COVID-19

Public Health is asking people who live in or have visited King's Wharf in Dartmouth to get tested for COVID-19 'out of an abundance of caution'
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Nova Scotia Public Health is asking people who live in King's Wharf or have visited any of its businesses or residential units to get tested for COVID-19.

"Out of an abundance of caution, Public Health is asking anyone who worked at or visited any of the King’s Wharf Place businesses or lives in or visited the residences between March 10 to March 27 to get tested for COVID-19, whether or not you have symptoms or even mild symptoms," says a news release.

Earlier today, Nova Scotia reported two new cases of COVID-19 and one new B.1.1.7 variant case was confirmed; King's Wharf was a potential exposure site to that case.

Public Health said the case was tested earlier in March and is now considered resolved. Moreover, community spread hasn't yet been determined.

However, Public Health still recommends that anyone who might've been exposed to the case gets tested.

The B.1.1.7 COVID variant was first discovered in the United Kingdom. COVID variant cases have been on the rise across Canada.

Those who have been potentially exposed should visit the province's website to conduct a self-assessment and book a test. People can also call 811 and identify as someone Public Health has asked to be tested.

"As this is a precautionary measure, you are not required to self-isolate while waiting for your test, unless you have any symptoms," the news release says. "If you have or develop any symptoms you must self-isolate while waiting for your test result."

Symptoms include fever, new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose/nasal congestion, headache, or shortness of breath.

People are reminded to refrain from going directly to a COVID-19 assessment centre without being directed to do so. People also shouldn't go to a pop-up rapid testing location.

Public Health advises all Nova Scotians to continue monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms and to follow Public Health guidelines.

Chris Stoodley

About the Author: Chris Stoodley

Chris was born and raised in Halifax. After graduating from the journalism program at King's, he started as CityNews Halifax's weekend editor.
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