**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release
Six New Cases of COVID-19, Additional Variant Cases Identified
Six new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, April 6.
Five cases are in Central Zone. One is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The person has been self-isolating, as required. Three are close contacts of a previously reported case. One is under investigation.
There is also one case in Eastern Zone. It is a close contact of a previously reported case.
Unrelated to the cases announced today, four new UK variant cases have been identified in the province. All four are in Central Zone. Two are close contacts of previous cases and two are related to international travel. Those four cases are resolved.
At this time, there is no sign of community spread from the variant cases.
This brings the total number of cases of the UK variant in Nova Scotia to 22.
The number of South African variant cases remains at 10.
As of today, Nova Scotia has 36 active cases of COVID-19.
One case that was reported yesterday in Central Zone has been removed from the cumulative count today, as it will be counted in another province.
Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 975 Nova Scotia tests on April 5.
As of April 5, 116,436 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 29,677 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.
Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 316,822 tests. There have been 658 positive COVID-19 cases and one death. One person is in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 621 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.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 https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .
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:
— 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.
Nova Scotians are asked to avoid non-essential travel to the city of Edmundston and surrounding communities in New Brunswick as a result of increased cases of COVID-19 in that area.
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/coronavirus .
Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .
— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/
— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to April 18, 2021
— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/
Government of Canada: https://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)
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 https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/