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Another clean slate with no new COVID-19 cases reported in Nova Scotia

The COVID-19 coronavirus under an electron microscope. There are now five presumptive cases of the virus in Nova Scotia. - File
The COVID-19 coronavirus under an electron microscope. - File - Contributed

Nova Scotia posted a fifth consecutive day without a reported new case of COVID-19 on Monday.

As of Monday, there are three active cases of COVID-19 in the province and there are no licensed long-term care homes with active cases, the provincial Health and Wellness Department reported in its daily update.

There were no new cases reported Sunday.

The QEII Health Sciences Centre's microbiology lab, which is operating 24/7, completed 401 Nova Scotia tests on Sunday.

To date, Nova Scotia has 57,675 negative test results, 1,066 positive COVID-19 cases, 63 deaths and the three active cases.

Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. One person is currently in hospital but that patient is considered one of the 1,000 COVID cases that have been resolved.

Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Anyone who experiences symptoms of fever, cough or worsening cough, sore throat, headache, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sneezing, nasal congestion, hoarse voice, diarrhea, unusual fatigue, loss of smell or taste or red purple or blueish lesions on the feet, toes, or fingers is encouraged to visit to determine if a further call to 811 for additional assessment is required.

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 Atlantic Canada 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 of practising good hand-washing and other hygiene steps, maintaining a physical distance when and where required, and wearing a non-medical mask when physical distancing is difficult.

The government announced Friday that the provincial state of emergency declared March 22 has been extended until July 26. The province said the public health order is necessary to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians and ensure the safe reopening of businesses and services.

As of July 3, interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the requirement to self-isolate for permanent Atlantic Canadian residents, is permitted. 

All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia's Health Protection Act order, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must self-isolate for 14 days. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic province may travel to Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.


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