HALIFAX: On May 7, the Province of Nova Scotia reported one death–a woman in her 70s in the Central Zone–along with 227 new cases of COVID-19.
There have now been 70 COVID-19 related deaths in Nova Scotia.
The breakdown of the 227 cases is as follows: 202 cases in Central Zone, 14 in Eastern Zone, nine in Western Zone and two in Northern Zone.
There is community spread in Central Zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.
Public health also continues to work through the backlog in data entry into Panorama and contacting new cases. Given delays, anyone tested due to a potential exposure, because they have symptoms, or were advised by public health to self-isolate until receiving test results, should continue to self-isolate until they receive a negative result. Their household should also isolate until contacted.
Close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases and those who were present at high-risk exposure locations are required to self-isolate for a full 14 days, regardless of test result.
As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,464 active cases of COVID-19. There are 50 people in hospital, including nine in ICU.
On May 6, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 7,816 tests.
There were 31,128 tests administered between April 30 and May 6 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Dartmouth, Halifax, Sydney and Bridgewater.
As of May 6, 356,978 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 37,630 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.
Since April 1, there have been 1,849 positive COVID-19 cases and four deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 381 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.
Nova Scotia is currently under stronger restrictions to protect public health. In an effort to stop the spread of the virus, Nova Scotians are required to remain in their own communities except for essential travel for work, necessary shopping and medical appointments, including vaccination appointments. In this instance ‘community’ is defined as one’s municipality or county and Nova Scotians should remain as close to home as possible. Detailed information is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .
Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites if they are not showing symptoms but want to be tested. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .
Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing has reopened at the primary assessment centres across the province. To book an appointment, visit: https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en
Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing mild symptoms, including:
— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (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. 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 instances. Information is at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/masks/ .
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .