Seven new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, April 18.
Three cases are in Eastern Zone and are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada.
Four cases are in Central Zone. Two are close contacts of previously reported cases, one is related to international travel, and one is under investigation.
One of the close contact cases in Central Zone is a second staff member at Glasgow Hall, a long-term care home in Dartmouth. As a precaution, residents are being isolated and cared for in their rooms and the facility is closed to visitors and designated caregivers. All residents have been tested. Testing was completed yesterday for all staff who are close contacts of the two staff members who tested positive. Testing is underway for all other staff and will be completed today. Most residents of this facility have been fully vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Work is underway to support any remaining residents and staff who wish to get vaccinated.
"All the right steps are being taken to contain this outbreak for the safety of residents and staff at Glasgow Hall," said Premier Iain Rankin. "As we continue to fight this virus and variant strains, it's more important than ever that Nova Scotians remain vigilant, follow all public health measures, and get vaccinated as soon as it's their turn."
Unrelated to today's cases, Nova Scotia is reporting 22 new variants: 19 UK, two South African and one Brazilian. This is the first time the Brazilian variant has been detected in the province. There has been a total of 63 cases of the UK variant, 12 cases of the South African variant, and one case of the Brazil variant identified in Nova Scotia.
"While more of our cases have been confirmed as variants, it is a good sign that these cases are mainly due to travel. We are detecting them through testing and containing them before they can spread widely within Nova Scotia," said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health. "This is another reminder why it's important for people to not travel unless it's absolutely necessary."
As of today, Nova Scotia has 49 active cases of COVID-19.
Nova Scotia Health Authority's labs completed 2,052 Nova Scotia tests on April 17.
Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 343,244 tests. There have been 718 positive COVID-19 cases and two deaths. Two people are in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 667 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.
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 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.
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 May 2, 2021
-- online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.
Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus
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For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavi