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July 1: Nova Scotia reports another travel-related case of COVID-19

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Nova Scotia is reporting a new case of COVID-19, bringing the province's number of active cases to two.

The case, identified Tuesday, is a Nova Scotian who travelled outside of Canada. A new case was also identified on Monday, breaking the province's streak of having no reported cases since June 9. 

"The new cases this week show that COVID-19 is still very much here," Premier Stephen McNeil said in a news release Wednesday. "So please continue to follow public health directives and advice, look out for your fellow Nova Scotians and do all you can to keep COVID-19 under control." 

Also Wednesday, the Nova Scotia Health Authority advised of potential exposure to the virus on a recent WestJet flight. 

The flight, WS 248, departed from Toronto at 10 a.m. and landed in Halifax shortly after 1 p.m. on June 26. 

"While anyone on the flight could have been exposed, based on public health’s investigation to date, passengers in rows 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 seats A-C are more likely to have had close contact," the health authority said. 

Anyone exposed to the virus on the flight may develop symptoms up to, and including, July 10 and should self-monitor for signs and symptoms. 

To date, Nova Scotia has 53,847 negative test results, 1,063 positive cases, 63 deaths and two active COVID-19 cases. 

Two people are currently in hospital, but both of their COVID-19 cases are considered resolved. 

The province continues to urge anyone with possible COVID-19 symptoms to go to 811.novascotia.ca. Nova Scotians should also be wearing a non-medical mask when social distancing isn't possible, such as grocery shopping, public health officials have said. As well, regular hand-washing, cough etiquette and other COVID-19 prevention measures are recommended. 

For more information COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, go to novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

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