Two new cases of COVID-19 were identified in Nova Scotia on Friday, bringing the number of active cases in the province up to five as of today, Saturday, Oct. 17.
Both new cases are in the Central Zone and related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The two individuals have been self-isolating, as required.
Possible exposure on Oct. 12 Air Canada flights
Nova Scotia Public Health is also advising travelers that there was potential exposure to COVID-19 on two flights from Toronto to Halifax on Monday, Oct. 12.
The flights in question are Air Canada flights 604, which left Toronto at 8 a.m., and 610, which departed at 2:10 p.m.
Flight 604 passengers seated in seats A, B and C of rows 27 to 30, and Flight 610 passengers in seats D, E and F of rows 10 to 16 are more likely to have had close contact.
Passengers who were in these seats are asked to self-isolate, as required, monitor for symptoms and call 811 for advice. Anyone exposed to the virus on these flights may develop symptoms up to and including Oct. 26.
Those present on these two flights who were not in the identified rows and seats should continue to self-isolate as well, and self-monitor for signs and symptons of COVID-19 until Oct. 26.
An advisory was also issued Saturday warning of a potential exposure to COVID-19 "related to an individual(s) who accessed a cab departing the Halifax International Airport on October 12 between 5-6 pm, travelling to a residence in Halifax."
Nova Scotia Health says it is contacting anyone else known to be a close contact of the person(s) confirmed to have COVID-19. Anyone exposed may develop symptoms up to and including Oct. 26, it said.
On Friday, Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 1,039 Nova Scotia tests. To date, Nova Scotia has had 104,392 negative test results, 1,095 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths.
Currently, no one is in hospital with COVID-19. Cases to date have ranged in age from under 10 to over 90, and 1,025 cases are now resolved.
This week, Canada's exposure notification app COVID Alert became available to Nova Scotians. Free and voluntary, the app is available in the Apple app store and Google Playstore and uses Bluetooth and randomly generated codes to let users know if they have been in close proximity with anyone else who has COVID-19 who has also been using the app.
Anyone who is currently experiencing or has experienced within the last 48 hours one of the following symptoms should visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca for a self-assessment:
- new or worsening cough
- fever (i.e. chills or sweats)
People should also visit the website if they are experiencing two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
- sore throat
- runny nose or nasal congestion
- shortness of breath
People can also call 811 if they can't access the website or if they wish to speak to a nurse. Anyone experiencing symptoms should self-isolate until they receive advice from Public Health on what to do next.