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April 8: Nova Scotia reports five new cases of COVID-19, another U.K. variant

Nova Scotia has announced three new cases of Covid-19 today, April 1.
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Nova Scotia reported five new cases of COVID-19 on Thursdsay.

Three cases are in the central health zone and are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. Two cases in the eastern health zone also are related to travel. 

Unrelated to the cases announced today, one new U.K. variant case has been identified. The person is a Nova Scotia resident who is living and working outside of the province. This case has no known close contacts in Nova Scotia.

This brings the total number of cases of the U.K. variant in Nova Scotia to 23. The number of South African variant cases remains at 10.

"Day after day we are seeing the results of the hard work of Nova Scotians to keep the COVID-19 case numbers low," said Premier Iain Rankin in a news release.

"Let's keep this up and stay ahead of the virus. Remember to follow the health protocols. We know how effective they are."
 

- Nova Scotia Health Department  / Screenshot
- Nova Scotia Health Department / Screenshot

Nova Scotia has 40 active cases of COVID-19: 21 cases are in the central zone, 12 in the western zone, six in the eastern zone and one in the northern zone. 

Nova Scotia Health Authority's labs completed 2,020 Nova Scotia tests on April 7.

Nova Scotia has administered 129,809 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Of those, 30,400 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 320,908 tests. There have been 665 positive COVID-19 cases, ranging in age from under 10 to over 90, 624 resolved cases and one death. 

One person is in hospital. 

"I'm pleased to see our efforts to contain the virus continue to work and our case numbers are remaining low. I want to thank Nova Scotians for their continued efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19," said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, in the release.

"The best way to protect one another is by wearing a mask, adhering to the gathering limits, washing your hands, staying home if you are feeling unwell and self-isolating if required."

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts. Appointments can be booked here

South Shore cases investigated

Nova Scotia Public Health is encouraging people who live or have visited the Hebbville and Middlewood areas in Lunenburg County to get tested for COVID-19. The request is related to recent cases on the South Shore, the agency said in a news release. 

A mobile unit will conduct tests at the Itally Cross fire hall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 .m. to 5 p.m. You can drop in or pre-book an appointment (recommended) by completing a self-assessment at at  https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en.  If you don’t have access to the internet, call 811.

As this is a precautionary measure, you are not required to self-isolate while awaiting your test or result, unless you have symptoms. If you have had or develop any symptoms you must self-isolate while awaiting your result. Symptoms include fever, new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose/nasal congestion, headache, or shortness of breath.

Potential exposure advisories

Nova Scotia Health Public Health issued an advisory Thursday evening about potential exposure to COVID-19 at three places in Halifax and one in New Minas. 

Anyone who worked at or visited the following locations on the specified dates and times should immediately visit covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. You can also call 811 if you don’t have online access or if you have other symptoms that concern you.

For the following locations, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 you are required to self-isolate while you wait for your test result. If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 you do not need to self-isolate while you wait for your test result.

  • Walmart Mumford Road (6990 Mumford Rd., Halifax) on April 6 between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Watch for symptoms up to and including April 20.
  • Dollarama Young Kempt Centre (6061 Young St., Halifax) on April 6 between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Watch for symptoms up to and including April 20.
  • Irving Big Stop New Minas (5477 Prospect Rd., New Minas) on April 7 between 12:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. Watch for symptoms up to and including April 21.

Regardless of whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms, those present at the following location on the named date and time are required to self-isolate while waiting for their test result. If you get a negative result, you do not need to keep self-isolating. If you get a positive result, you will be contacted by Public Health about what to do next.

  • Spring Garden Place Mall Food Court (5640 Spring Garden Rd.) on April 6 between 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Watch for symptoms up to and including April 20.

All potential exposure notifications are listed at http://www.nshealth.ca/covid-exposures.

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