**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release
Six New Cases of COVID-19
As of today, Dec. 15, Nova Scotia has 57 active cases of COVID-19. Six new cases are being reported today.
Three cases are in Central Zone. Two cases are in Northern Zone and the other case is in Western Zone. All the new cases are close contacts of previously reported cases.
“The arrival of the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine today in Nova Scotia is a landmark development in the fight against the virus,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We will be following the national guidance around immunizing priority groups first as we receive more shipments of the vaccine over the coming weeks and months.”
Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,612 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 14.
Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 89,419 tests. There have been 337 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Two hundred and eighty cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.
“Last week we participated in several exercises to refine our approach to handling, storing and managing the supply of the Pfizer vaccine before it arrived in Nova Scotia,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “These exercises helped to prepare us for the first delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine.”
Visit http://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:
— 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, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.
Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian 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.
Rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at http://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .
Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at http://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .
— testing numbers are updated daily at http://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Dec. 27
— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test at all primary assessment centres or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax
Government of Canada: http://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)
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 http://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/
The COVID-19 self-assessment is at http://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/