Five new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, April 11.
There are four cases in Central Zone. Two cases are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada and the other two are close contacts of previously reported cases.
There is also one case in Eastern Zone. It is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.
All cases have been self-isolating, as required.
"Spring is finally here in Nova Scotia and after a long winter, I know how much Nova Scotians want to spend time with family and friends outdoors," said Premier Iain Rankin. "We must remember that COVID-19 doesn't take a break and neither should we. Enjoy the outdoors safely by following public health measures like sticking with your small close group and socially distancing when you need to."
As of today, Nova Scotia has 40 active cases of COVID-19.
One case that was reported yesterday in Central Zone has been removed from the cumulative count today, as it will be counted in another province.
Nova Scotia Health Authority's labs completed 2,031 Nova Scotia tests on April 10.
Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 327,805 tests. There have been 679 positive COVID-19 cases and one death. Three people are in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 638 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.
"We are holding steady in Nova Scotia by keeping our numbers low. Let us not stop now," said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health. "Continue to follow all public health measures in place and when it's your turn for a COVID-19 vaccine, get vaccinated."
Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.
-- fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)
Two or more of the following symptoms (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 wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.
When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.
Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except New Brunswick, 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 their contact with others until they feel better.
Nova Scotians are asked to avoid non-essential travel to the city of Edmundston and surrounding communities in New Brunswick as a result of increased cases of COVID-19 in that area.
It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives - practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavi
Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopenin
-- additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavi
-- a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to April 18, 2021
-- online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.
Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus
Government of Canada information line 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)
If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern 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)
For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavi