**** COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release
One New Case of COVID-19
There will be no COVID-19 media briefing today, May 24 or Monday, May 25. Government will continue to issue news releases on new cases each day.
As of today, May 24, Nova Scotia has 1,050 confirmed cases of COVID-19. One new case was identified Saturday, May 23.
“I hope Nova Scotians are enjoying some time outdoors this weekend, and I want to thank everyone again for their efforts and patience,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I know this has been tough, but together we are slowing this virus and making progress toward reopening our province safely.”
The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 494 Nova Scotia tests on May 23 and is operating 24-hours.
“It is still important to follow public health advice, practise good hygiene and limit large gatherings,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health. “Doing all of these things will help ensure our case numbers continue to stay low.”
There are two licensed long-term care homes and unlicensed seniors’ facilities in Nova Scotia with active cases of COVID-19. Northwood in Halifax currently has 12 residents and four staff active cases. One other facility has one resident with active COVID-19.
The list of symptoms being screened for has recently expanded. 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
To date, Nova Scotia has 38,055 negative test results, 1,050 positive COVID-19 test results and 58 deaths. Confirmed cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. Six individuals are currently in hospital, three of those in ICU. Nine-hundred and seventy-three individuals have now recovered and their cases of COVID-19 are considered resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. A map and graphic presentation of the case data is available at http://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data .
Public health is working to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with the confirmed cases. 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 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 social gatherings of people outside your household or family household bubble to no more than five.
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at http://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .
— 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 May 31
Government of Canada: http://canada.ca/coronavirus
Government of Canada toll-free information line 1-833-784-4397
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)
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