**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release
18 New Cases of COVID-19, 29 Recoveries, State of Emergency Renewed
NOTE: Nova Scotia is not issuing COVID-19 news releases or updating the COVID-19 data dashboard on weekends. Monday updates will include weekend data.
Today, Sept. 17, Nova Scotia is reporting 18 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 recoveries.
Twelve of the cases are in Central Zone. Ten are close contacts of previously reported cases. Two are under investigation.
There are signs of community spread among those in Central Zone aged 20 to 40 who are unvaccinated and participating in social activities.
Five of the cases are in Northern Zone. Four are close contacts of previously reported cases. One is related to travel.
There is a large cluster of linked cases in a defined, unvaccinated group in Northern Zone and more cases are expected.
One case is in Western Zone. It is related to travel.
There have been 4,609 cases from March 15 to Sept. 16, 2021. Of those:
— 99 (2.1 per cent) were fully vaccinated
— 275 (6.0 per cent) were partially vaccinated
— 4,235 (91.9 per cent) were unvaccinated
There were 260 people hospitalized. Of those:
— 3 (1.1 per cent) were fully vaccinated
— 28 (10.8 per cent) were partially vaccinated
— 229 (88.1 per cent) were unvaccinated
Twenty-eight people died. Of those:
— 1 (3.6 per cent) was fully vaccinated
— 3 (10.7 per cent) were partially vaccinated
— 24 (85.7 per cent) were unvaccinated
As of today, Nova Scotia has 162 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, six people are in hospital COVID-19 units.
There were 3,570 tests administered between Sept. 10 and Sept. 16 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Halifax and Dartmouth.
On Sept. 16, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 3,849 tests.
As of Sept. 16, 1,480,851 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 711,312 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.
Since April 1, there have been 4,570 positive COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 4,380 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.
The province is renewing the state of emergency to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians and ensure safety measures and other important actions can continue. The order will take effect at noon, Sunday, Sept. 19, and extend to noon, Sunday, Oct. 3, unless government terminates or extends it
Nova Scotians with or without symptoms can book a test at https://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 https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is advised to self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test.
Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results, unless they are fully vaccinated. If they are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the exposure date, they do not need to self-isolate as long as they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. They should still get tested and should monitor for symptoms up to 14 days after the exposure date. If symptoms develop, they should get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.
Symptoms and self-assessment:
Nova Scotians should visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours they have had or are currently experiencing:
— cough (new or worsening)
Or two or more of the following symptoms:
— fever (chills, sweats)
— runny nose or nasal congestion
— sore throat
— shortness of breath or 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 has been extended to Oct. 3, 2021
More information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
Nova’s Scotia’s five-phase reopening plan, announced May 28, 2021: https://novascotia.ca/reopening-plan/
Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at: https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia
A list of primary assessment locations, including locations with drop-in testing, is available at: https://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: https://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: https://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)