11 New Cases of COVID-19, 15 recoveries

The Covid Chronicle

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release

11 New Cases of COVID-19, 15 recoveries
Today, June 18, Nova Scotia is reporting 11 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 recoveries.

Nine cases are in Central Zone. Six are close contacts of previously reported cases, two are under investigation and one is related to travel.

Two cases are in Eastern Zone and are related to travel.

There is limited community spread in Central Zone. Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

“Nova Scotia will receive its largest shipment of vaccine in the coming weeks,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “When you get an email to reschedule your second dose for an earlier date, do it. The sooner we can get Nova Scotians fully vaccinated, the sooner we will get back to normal.”

There were 4,066 COVID-19 cases from March 15 to June 15, 2021. Of those:

— 25 (0.6 per cent) were fully vaccinated
— 218 (5.4 per cent) were partially vaccinated
— 3,823 (94 per cent) were unvaccinated

There were 250 people hospitalized. Of those:

— 2 (0.8 per cent) were fully vaccinated
— 27 (10.8 per cent) were partially vaccinated
— 221 (88.4 per cent) were unvaccinated

Twenty-four people died. Of those:

— 1 (4.2 per cent) was fully vaccinated
— 3 (12.5 per cent) were partially vaccinated
— 20 (83.3 per cent) were unvaccinated

As of today, Nova Scotia has 93 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, six people are in hospital COVID-19 units, including three in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 52 for non-ICU and 55 for people in ICU.

On June 17, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 5,602 tests.

There were 12,423 tests administered between June 11 and 17 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Sydney, Sackville, Bedford, Halifax, Dartmouth and Shelburne.

As of June 17, 752,599 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 73,600 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“It’s important to continue to get tested for COVID-19, even if you’ve had one dose of vaccine,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Testing remains key to our COVID-19 response and that will continue as we reopen.”

Since April 1, there have been 4,042 positive COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 3,925 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Testing advice:
Nova Scotians with or without symptoms can book a test at http://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en for primary assessment centres across the province. Those with no symptoms are strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites if they want to be tested.

More information on testing can be found at http://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is advised to self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Symptoms and self-assessment:
Nova Scotians should visit http://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours they have had or are currently experiencing mild symptoms, including:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)
— sore throat
— runny nose/nasal congestion
— headache
— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

People should call 811 if they cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about their symptoms.

Anyone with symptoms should immediately self-isolate and book a test.

Quick Facts:
— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020, and extended to June 27, 2021

Additional Resources:
More information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at: http://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at: http://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

Nova’s Scotia’s five-phase reopening plan, announced May 28, 2021: http://novascotia.ca/reopening-plan/

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at: http://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia

More information about public health text notifications of positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts is available here: http://www.nshealth.ca/news/public-health-begins-contacting-positive-covid-19-cases-close-contacts-text-message

More information on what is considered essential travel is available here: http://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/travel/#from-outside-atlantic-canada

Government of Canada: http://canada.ca/coronavirus or 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)

Anyone needing help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern can 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)

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