Nova Scotia authorities reported 16 new cases in its daily COVID-19 update on Monday, one of which is the case related to the Northeast Kings Education Centre reported Sunday night.
The new cases bring the total number of active cases in the province to 138, according to a provincial government news release.
The cases were identified during testing performed on Sunday. The provincial health authority labs performed 3,054 tests in the course of the day.
Besides the NKEC case in Canning, Kings County, which is in the Western Zone the other 15 new cases are all in the Central Zone.
The school has been closed since its first case was announced Nov. 24.
“We continue to see strong interest in the asymptomatic pop-up rapid testing locations, which shows Nova Scotians, including young Nova Scotians, are taking this virus seriously," Premier Stephen McNeil said in the news release. "I want to thank all who have come out for a test, as well as the volunteers and health staff at the sites. We are also seeing impressive test numbers at the labs, a reflection of the hard work of staff there. These are important pieces of our collective effort to contain the virus.”
Out of 628 tests administered at the rapid-testing pop-up site in Dartmouth on Sunday, six were positive. The affected people were directed to self-isolate and have been referred for a standard test.
Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has had 47,457 negative test results, 216 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths, the release said. No one is currently in hospital. Seventy-eight cases are now resolved.
"The Town of Wolfville announced a few days ago that an experimental research has detected COVID-19 in the town’s wastewater," Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health said in the release. "Although it is not definitive, it could be a sign that COVID-19 has found its way into that community. We have increased our capacity for testing at the primary assessment centre in the area and have set up a pop-up rapid testing location for asymptomatic people in Wolfville today, Nov. 30.”
The health authority issued advisories Monday about potential COVID-19 exposures:
- Highwayman (1673 Barrington St., Halifax) on Nov. 19 between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Watch for symptoms up to and including Dec. 3.
- Bluenose II Restaurant (1824 Hollis St., Halifax) on Nov. 23, Nov. 24, and Nov. 25 between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Watch for symptoms up to and including Dec. 9.
- East Peak Indoor Climbing (6408 Quinpool Road, Halifax) on Nov. 21 between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Watch for symptoms up to, and including, Dec. 5.
- Heartwood Cafe (3061 Gottingen Street, Halifax) on Nov. 21 between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Watch for symptoms up to, and including, Dec. 5.
Anyone who worked or visited the following locations on the specified date and time is asked to immediately visit covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether they have COVID-19 symptoms.
People who book testing because they were at a site of potential exposure must self-isolate before their test and while waiting for test results. You can also call 811 if you don’t have online access or if you have other symptoms that concern you.
The provincial list of potential exposure sites: can be found online by clicking here.
Symptoms? Check here
Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening) or two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening): sore throat, runny nose / nasal congestion, headache, shortness of breath.
Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.
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.
Rules concerning interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have changed. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighbouring provinces. Currently, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. All public health directives of each province must be followed.
Under Nova Scotia's Health Protection Act order, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.