**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release
Seven New Cases of COVID-19, Eight Recoveries
Today, July 6, Nova Scotia is reporting seven new cases of COVID-19 and eight recoveries.
Six cases are in Central Zone. Five are close contacts of previously reported cases and one is related to travel.
The other case is in Eastern Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.
The close contacts are part of a linked group of families and do not represent wide community spread.
All four health zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.
“Yesterday marked one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in our province,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “This was a wonderful milestone, but we are not finished yet. We need to encourage our fellow Nova Scotians to go out and get the vaccine if they haven’t already.”
As of today, Nova Scotia has 44 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, two people are in hospital COVID-19 units.
On July 5, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 3,146 tests.
As of July 5, 1,011,039 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 299,585 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.
“Most of the cases we are seeing each day are connected to two contained clusters – one in Halifax and one in Glace Bay,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “There is no sign of community spread as a result of these clusters, but they do serve as a reminder of the importance of getting vaccinated as soon as you can. Nova Scotians who are 12 and older can book their COVID-19 vaccine online or by phone.”
Since April 1, there have been 4,119 positive COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 4,049 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 encouraged to use one of the primary assessment centres with drop-in testing, pop-up sites or public health mobile units 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 July 11, 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
A list of primary assessment locations, including locations with drop-in testing, is available online at: http://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting#assessment-centre-locations
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)