**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release
Two New Cases of COVID-19
Two new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 17.
The first case is in Central Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.
The other case is in Western Zone and is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The person is self-isolating, as required.
“Nova Scotians have made changes to their daily lives to limit the spread of COVID-19 and it’s no different for St. Patrick’s Day,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “We have been fortunate to have little to no new cases recently, but we know that the virus can quickly find its way back into our communities. It’s important to adjust your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations so as to be as safe as possible.”
As of today, Nova Scotia has 15 active cases of COVID-19.
Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,749 Nova Scotia tests on March 16.
As of March 16, 52,352 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 17,822 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.
Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 270,011 tests. There have been 585 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. One person is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 80. There are 570 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.
“St. Patrick’s Day celebrations need to look much different this year,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Keep your gatherings small, stick with your consistent social group, wear a mask, wash your hands and stay home if you are feeling unwell.”
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 http://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ , by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at http://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .
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, 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 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 http://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .
Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at http://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .
— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at http://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/
— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to March 21, 2021
— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at http://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/
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)
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)
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For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit http://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/