**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release
1,147 New Cases of COVID-19
NOTE: Nova Scotia is issuing an abbreviated COVID-19 new release today and on December 27 and 28. The online dashboard will not be updated until Wednesday, December 29.
Today, December 26, Nova Scotia is reporting 1,147 new cases of COVID-19 since the last update on December 24 – 569 new cases yesterday, December 25, and 578 today.
There are a total of 826 cases in Central Zone, 154 cases in Eastern Zone, 96 cases in Northern Zone and 71 cases in Western Zone.
The breakdown from December 25 was: 395 cases in Central Zone, 98 cases in Eastern Zone, 44 cases in Northern Zone and 32 cases in Western Zone.
The breakdown today is: 431 cases in Central Zone, 56 cases in Eastern Zone, 52 cases in Northern Zone and 39 cases in Western Zone.
On December 24, NSHA’s labs completed 6,658 tests. On December 25, NSHA’s labs completed 4,491 tests.
Because of a spike in testing and positive cases, public health is experiencing delays in follow-up. All cases will be asked to contact their close contacts. This may be the only contact a positive case has with public health. Detailed follow-ups are being prioritized to support contact tracing in schools, long-term care, healthcare facilities, correctional facilities, shelters and other group settings.
Information about testing, self-isolation and case management is available at: https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirus
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
Information on provincewide restrictions that took effect on December 22, and other public health measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19, is available at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/
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-notifying-positive-covid-19-cases-text-advising-notify-close-contacts