Today, June 27, Nova Scotia is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 and seven recoveries.
Two cases are in Central Zone and are close contacts of previously reported cases.
The other case is in Eastern Zone and is under investigation.
There is limited community spread in Central Zone. Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.
"Nova Scotians have done an exceptional job to get us where we are today," said Premier Iain Rankin. "Just a few months ago we were experiencing the highest rates of COVID-19 that we've ever seen in the province. COVID-19 variants can spread much quicker and more easily, so we need to do what we can to prevent it from spreading- get tested, get vaccinated and continue to follow the public health measures."
As of today, Nova Scotia has 58 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, two people are in hospital COVID-19 units. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 52 for non-ICU and 55 for people in ICU.
On June 26, Nova Scotia Health Authority's labs completed 3,150 tests.
"The active cases are decreasing and our vaccine rates continue to increase," said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health. "These are a few of the indicators we look to determine if it is safe to move to the next phase in our reopening plan. Let's keep up the good work."
Since April 1, there have been 4,086 positive COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 4,002 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.
More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/corona
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is advised to self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.
Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.
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 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 extended to July 11, 2021
More information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavi
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavi
Nova's Scotia's five-phase reopening plan, announced May 28, 2021: https://novascotia.ca/reopenin
Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at: https://novascotia.ca/reopenin
More information about public health text notifications of positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts is available 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 Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)
Anyone needing help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern can 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 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)
For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)