Potential exposure to COVID-19 at a Department of Community Services office, on various Halifax Transit routes, and on Air Canada and WestJet flights

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**** NSHA Media Release

Potential exposure to COVID-19 at a Department of Community Services office, on various Halifax Transit routes, and on Air Canada and WestJet flights

Nova Scotia Health Public Health is advising of potential exposure to COVID-19 at a Department of Community Services office, on various Halifax Transit routes, and on Air Canada and WestJet flights. In addition to media releases, all potential exposure notifications are listed here: http://www.nshealth.ca/covid-exposures.​

Anyone who worked at or visited the following locations on the specified dates and times should visit​ covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/​ to book a COVID-19 test,​ regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. You can also call 811 if you don’t have online access or if you have other symptoms that concern you.

Regardless of whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms,​ those present at the following locations on the named dates and times​ for at least 15 minutes​ are required to self-isolate while waiting for their test result.​ If you get a negative result, you do not need to keep self-isolating. If you get a positive result, you will be contacted by Public Health about what to do next.

  • Nova Scotia Department of Community Services (2131 Gottingen Street – 2nd and 3rd Floors, Halifax) on April 27 between 7:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 11.
  • Nova Scotia Department of Community Services (2131 Gottingen Street – 2nd and 3rd Floors, Halifax) on April 28 between 7:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 12.
  • Nova Scotia Department of Community Services (2131 Gottingen Street – 2nd and 3rd Floors, Halifax) on April 29 between 7:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 13.
  • Nova Scotia Department of Community Services (2131 Gottingen Street – 2nd and 3rd Floors, Halifax) on April 30 between 7:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 14.
  • Nova Scotia Department of Community Services (2131 Gottingen Street – 2nd and 3rd Floors, Halifax) on May 3 between 7:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 17.
  • Nova Scotia Department of Community Services (2131 Gottingen Street – 2nd and 3rd Floors, Halifax) on May 5 between 7:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 19.

Regardless of whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms,​ any passengers who were on the following transit routes for at least 15 minutes on the named dates and times are required to self-isolate while waiting for their test result.​ If you get a negative result, you do not need to keep self-isolating. If you get a positive result, you will be contacted by Public Health about what to do next.

Please be advised that in the previous version of this release all 59 (Colby) routes should have been 159 (Portland Hills). All other route details remain the same. This change has been updated in the list below as well as on the COVID-19 exposures website.

  • Route 159 (Portland Hills) travelling from Portland Hills Terminal to Scotia Square on April 27 between 7:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 11.
  • Route 159 (Portland Hills) travelling from Scotia Square to Portland Hills Terminal on April 27 between 4:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 11.
  • Route 159 (Portland Hills) travelling from Portland Hills Terminal to Scotia Square on April 28 between 7:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 12.
  • Route 159 (Portland Hills) travelling from Scotia Square to Portland Hills Terminal on April 28 between 4:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 12.
  • Route 159 (Portland Hills) travelling from Portland Hills Terminal to Scotia Square on April 29 between 7:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 13.
  • Route 159 (Portland Hills) travelling from Scotia Square to Portland Hills Terminal on April 29 between 4:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 13.
  • Route 159 (Portland Hills) travelling from Portland Hills Terminal to Scotia Square on April 30 between 7:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 14.
  • Route 159 (Portland Hills) travelling from Scotia Square to Portland Hills Terminal on April 30 between 4:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 14.
  • Route 159 (Portland Hills) travelling from Portland Hills Terminal to Scotia Square on May 3 between 7:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 17.\
  • Route 159 (Portland Hills) travelling from Scotia Square to Portland Hills Terminal on May 3 between 4:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 17.
  • Route 159 (Portland Hills) travelling from Portland Hills Terminal to Scotia Square on May 5 between 7:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 19.
  • Route 159 (Portland Hills) travelling from Scotia Square to Portland Hills Terminal on May 5 between 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 19.
  • Route 60 (Eastern Passage/Heritage Hills) travelling from the corner of Samuel Daniel Drive and Cow Bay Road to Bridge Terminal on May 5 between 6:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 19.
  • Route 10 (Dalhousie) travelling from the corner of Barrington and Duke to Bridge Terminal on May 5 between 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 19.
  • Route 60 (Eastern Passage/Heritage Hills) travelling from Bridge Terminal to Ocean View Manor on May 5 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 19.
  • Route 60 (Eastern Passage/Heritage Hills) travelling from the corner of Samuel Daniel Drive and Cow Bay Road to Bridge Terminal on May 6 between 6:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 20.
  • Route 10 (Dalhousie) travelling from the corner of Barrington and Duke to Bridge Terminal on May 6 between 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 20.
  • Route 60 (Eastern Passage/Heritage Hills) travelling from Bridge Terminal to Ocean View Manor on May 6 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 20.
  • Route 60 (Eastern Passage/Heritage Hills) travelling from the corner of Samuel Daniel Drive and Cow Bay Road to Bridge Terminal on May 7 between 6:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 21.
  • Route 10 (Dalhousie) travelling from the corner of Barrington and Duke to Bridge Terminal on May 7 between 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 21.
  • Route 60 (Eastern Passage/Heritage Hills) travelling from Bridge Terminal to Ocean View Manor on May 7 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 21.

Anyone who was on the following flights in the specified rows and seats should visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. You can also call 811 if you don’t have online access or if you have other symptoms that concern you.

  • WestJet 232 travelling on April 30 from Calgary (9:30 a.m.) to Halifax (5:22 p.m.). Passengers in rows 20-26, seats A, B, C and D are asked to immediately visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. All other passengers on this flight should continue to self-isolate as required and monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on this flight on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 14.
  • WestJet 232 travelling on May 3 from Calgary (9:30 a.m.) to Halifax (5:07 p.m.). Passengers in rows 4-10, seats A, B, C and D are asked to immediately visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. All other passengers on this flight should continue to self-isolate as required and monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on this flight on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 17.
  • Air Canada 7560 travelling on May 6 from Montreal (7:05 p.m.) to Halifax (9:29 p.m.). Passengers in rows 18-24, seats A, B, C and D are asked to immediately visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. All other passengers on this flight should continue to self-isolate as required and monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on this flight on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 20.

Please note: due to the high volume of tests, we are experiencing delays in processing negative lab results, and delays issuing notifications. Please be reassured that these are in progress; it is simply taking longer than usual. Those being tested are encouraged to sign up for email notification of negative test results. To be eligible, you need to bring a provincial health card with you to your testing appointment. However, due to volumes, you may still experience a delay in receiving your results; it may take longer than 72 hours.

Do not go directly to a COVID-19 assessment centre without being directed to do so. Please book an appointment online or call 811 and do not go to a pop-up rapid testing location.

Currently, anyone who traveled outside of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador is expected to self-isolate alone for 14 days after arriving. If a person returning from non-essential travel outside of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador is unable to isolate alone, then everyone in the home where they are isolating will have to self-isolate as well.

When Nova Scotia Health Public Health makes a public notification it is not in any way a reflection on the behaviour or activities of those named in the notification.

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

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