12 New Cases of COVID-19, 33 Recoveries, Small Outbreak at Valley Regional Hospital

The Covid Chronicle

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release

12 New Cases of COVID-19, 33 Recoveries, Small Outbreak at Valley Regional Hospital
Today, October 19, Nova Scotia is reporting 12 new cases of COVID-19 and 33 recoveries.

There are eight cases in Central Zone and four cases in Western Zone.

There is community spread in Central Zone, primarily among people aged 20 to 40 who are unvaccinated and participating in social activities.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is also reporting a small outbreak at Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville. Three patients in a non-COVID unit have tested positive for COVID-19. Two of the three cases are asymptomatic. One person is in intensive care. As a precaution, NSHA is testing other patients and staff identified as close contacts. NSHA will provide a further update when more information is available.

On October 18, three schools were notified of an exposure(s) at their school. As always, all staff, parents and guardians are notified of exposures if a positive case (student, teacher or staff) was at the school while infectious. A list of schools with exposures is available online: https://backtoschool.ednet.ns.ca/school-exposures

As of today, Nova Scotia has 187 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, 14 people are in hospital, including four in ICU.

On October 18, NSHA’s labs completed 2,152 tests.

As of October 18, 1,550,362 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 749,078 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since August 1, there have been 1,265 positive COVID-19 cases and four deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 1,074 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: https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en for COVID-19 for COVID-19 testing centres across the province. Those eligible to receive asymptomatic testing are listed at: https://www.nshealth.ca/visit-covid-19-testing-site . Those with no symptoms who do not meet the criteria are encouraged to use one of the rapid testing pop-up sites if they want to be tested. Some public health mobile unit clinics also offer drop-in testing; this will be noted in promotions.

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)
— headache
— 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.

COVID-19 outbreak at Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville
Nova Scotia Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville.
Three patients in a non-COVID unit at the Valley Regional Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19. One of those patients has been transferred to intensive care. Affected patients have been isolated as per infection control guidelines and so far more than 50 inpatients, staff, and physicians have been tested.
An outbreak management team has been established to support the hospital’s response. Additional measures are underway, including contact tracing and enhanced cleaning practices. All other patients, staff, and visitors identified as close contacts will be tested.
As it stands, the outbreak at the Valley Regional Hospital is limited, however Nova Scotia Health wanted to share this information to be transparent about this evolving situation.
Nova Scotia Health is committed to keeping the public informed as more information becomes available.


Quick Facts:
— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020, and has been extended to October 31, 2021

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

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

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

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus or 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

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