**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release
No New Cases of COVID-19, Four Recoveries
Today, June 21, Nova Scotia is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 and four recoveries.
There is limited community spread in Central Zone. Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.
“What a great way to begin summer with no new cases being reported today,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “The epidemiology is headed in the right direction, but in order for us to continue to see low to no new cases, we must all follow the public health measures and get fully vaccinated as soon as we can. And of course, remember to get tested.”
As of today, Nova Scotia has 79 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, three people are in hospital COVID-19 units, including one 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 20, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,580 tests.
As of June 20, 775,902 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 84,854 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.
“Today is the first day since March 29 that we are reporting no new cases of COVID-19,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We should all be proud of our efforts to get to this point, but please don’t let your guard down. We need to continue to follow the public health measures, get tested often and get vaccinated until we get to Phase 5 of our reopening.”
Since April 1, there have been 4,049 positive COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 3,946 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.
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
— 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.
— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020, and extended to June 27, 2021
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
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)