NSHA advising potential COVID-19 exposure at two Halifax locations

The Covid Chronicle

**** NSHA Media Release

NSHA Public Health is advising of a potential low-risk public exposure to COVID-19 at two Halifax locations between Thursday, March 5 and Saturday, March 7.
People who visited the following locations during this period should closely monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms:
  • Halifax Grammar School gymnasium
  • Homburg Athletic Centre gymnasium at Saint Mary’s University
Public Health is aware people attending provincial high school basketball tournament events at these facilities might have been exposed to COVID-19 during these dates.
Please note everyone who at high risk of exposure have already been identified and are now in self-isolation.
There may be others who had low-risk exposure, and may at some point show COVID-19 symptoms.
“In Public Health, part of our work is to notify the public about low-risk exposures so individuals can monitor their symptoms and take the necessary steps to be assessed and tested, with the goal of limiting the spread of infectious disease,” said Dr. Claudia Sarbu, Central Zone Regional Medical Officer of Health.
It is anticipated anyone exposed to the virus at these events will develop symptoms by Saturday, March 21.
Sarbu says the risk is low for anyone not already identified, who attended these facilities during these dates.
COVID-19 symptoms include:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pneumonia
If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms:
  • Take the COVID-19 online self assessment questioinaire to determine if you need to call 811
  • If needed, call 811 for assessment. Advice will then be given on next steps
  • Do not go directly to a COVID-19 assessment centre without being directed to do so by 811
“While we have a timeline and location that will be helpful in this case, it is important that all Nova Scotians continue to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and follow guidance on how to access care,” said Dr. Sarbu. “Our individual and collective efforts will go a long way toward containing the spread of COVID-19.”
Up to date information about COVID-19 is available at novascotia.ca/coronavirus

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