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No New Cases of COVID-19
As of today, June 17, Nova Scotia has two active cases of COVID-19. The last new case was identified on June 9.
“The past few months have been difficult for our province and it’s great to see Nova Scotians start to return to our day-to-day lives,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “As the weather gets nicer, I encourage everyone to get outside and experience all that our province has to offer. But please continue to take care, be safe and follow public health advice and rules.”
The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 505 Nova Scotia tests on Tuesday, June 16 and is operating 24-hours.
There are no licensed long-term care homes in Nova Scotia with active cases of COVID-19.
To date, Nova Scotia has 49,775 negative test results, 1,061 positive COVID-19 cases, 62 deaths and two active COVID-19 cases. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. Two individuals are currently in hospital, one of those in ICU. Nine-hundred and ninety-seven cases are now resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama.
If you have any one of the following symptoms, visit http://811.novascotia.ca to determine if you should call 811 for further assessment:
— fever (i.e. chills, sweats)
— cough or worsening of a previous cough
— sore throat
— shortness of breath
— muscle aches
— nasal congestion/runny nose
— hoarse voice
— unusual fatigue
— loss of sense of smell or taste
— red, purple or blueish lesions on the feet, toes or fingers without clear cause
When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.
Anyone who has travelled outside of Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.
It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance of two metres or six feet from those not in your household or family household bubble and limit planned gatherings of people outside your household or family household bubble to no more than 10.
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at http://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .
Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at http://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .
— testing numbers are updated daily at http://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to June 28
Government of Canada: http://canada.ca/coronavirus
Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)
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)
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)
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Public Service Announcement
Response to COVID-19: Update to summer day camps
The Halifax Regional Municipality continues to monitor and respond to the rapidly evolving effects of COVID-19.
Following safety measures provided by public health, the municipality is now able to provide more details on the modified summer day camps for the summer. Day camps will be offered July 13 through to August 28. Camps will be offered at select facilities during the following sessions:
Weekday Mornings Camp: one week of three-hour morning sessions from 9 a.m. to noon.
Weekday Afternoons Camp: one week of three-hour afternoon sessions from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The half-day camp option allows the municipality to maximize the number of participants while following public health protocol and ensuring safe physical distancing. All camps are $50 per week. Registrants are only able to attend one morning or one afternoon camp per week.
Many camp activities will be at outdoor locations, with some indoors. This will ensure that proper physical distancing is maintained. If the weather does not permit outdoor activities, then camps will be moved indoors, unless it is an exclusively outdoor camp.
Every effort will be made to provide inclusion support during camps where necessary. Due to public health directives, camp spaces and the limited number of inclusion leaders per site (two per site), it may not be possible to accommodate all inclusion requests. We will however, make every effort to accommodate as many requests as possible. Families/guardians will be contacted when inclusion supports are confirmed.
Camps are open to children between the ages of six and 12. Campers will be placed in small groups of seven participants with one camp leader and these groups will remain consistent throughout the camp sessions. A total of 35 campers throughout five activity stations per location will be in each session in the morning and afternoon.
Registration will open on June 23 for July camps, and the date for August registration will be announced at a later date. Participants will register at different times based on their community. Information on the modified day camp structure, facility locations and health & safety guidelines can be found at halifax.ca/camps
Please note: Camps for pre-school aged children will not be offered this summer due to difficulty maintaining physical distancing requirements for this age group. Virtual opportunities will be available for youth (aged 13-24) during the summer. These opportunities will include but are not limited to: employment skills (preparing your resumé), conversations on the environment, conversations on the upcoming municipal election, and the youth services plan committee. The Youth Leadership program will not be offered this summer due to group gathering requirements and health restrictions. More information on youth programs can be found on www.halifax.ca/youth
For more information on summer day camps, visit halifax.ca/camps
Other recreation opportunities for rural programming and outdoor activities are under development and information will be provided on these activities at a later date.
For more information on municipal services during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit Halifax.ca/coronavirus.