UPDATED: Bitars issues statement following NSHA advisory of possible COVID19 transmission

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ELMSDALE: A statement from Bitar’s:
“To our valued customers and residents of East Hants:

It has been brought to our attention by the Nova Scotia Public Health Authority that one of our part time employees has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This staff member has been isolated and is recovering in their home at this time. We are working closely with the Nova Scotia Health Authority with regards to appropriate measures which include self-isolation of all co-workers.

We assure you Bitar’s has and always will take the health and safety of its guests very seriously and as such we are taking all necessary measures to ensure we are handling this matter with extreme diligence and care. We know that this is a time of uncertainty and therefore feel it’s important to note that the affected employee was NOT showing any symptoms during his two worked shifts in question.

We are striving to meet and exceed the stringent guidelines set by the province to ensure that our facility will be ready to serve our community as it has done for 22 years. Thank your your continued support, we are all in this together.

We have been instructed by Public Health to direct anyone with any concerns or questions to visit their website www.novascotia.ca/coronavirus

Be safe!

Best regards,

Rob & Kelly Bitar

NSHA Public Health is advising of a potential public exposure to COVID-19 on March 23 and 24 at Rob Bitar’s Ristorante, 689 Highway 2, Elmsdale.

Public Health has been directly contacting anyone known to be a contact of the case involved. While most people have been contacted, there could be some restaurant patrons that Public Health is not aware of.

It is anticipated anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named dates may develop symptoms up to, and including, April 6, 2020. COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

If you have COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Take the COVID-19 online self-assessment questionnaire to determine if you need to call 811.
  • If needed, call 811 for assessment. Please self-isolate until you receive 811 advice on next steps.
  • Do not go directly to a COVID-19 assessment centre without being directed to do so by 811.

All Nova Scotians are advised to continue monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms and are urged to follow Public Health guidelines on how to access care. Up to date information about COVID-19 is available at novascotia.ca/coronavirus