A Dalhousie University student has received an indeterminate COVID-19 test result.
Since the test result does not confirm the case is positive, it will not be included in the total COVID-19 case tally in Nova Scotia, the province said in its daily update.
The student, who lives off campus, was travelling outside the Atlantic bubble. They have been self-isolating since their return.
A COVID-19 test doesn't differentiate between active virus and non-infectious virus fragments. So, an indeterminate test result could mean someone previously had COVID-19 and recovered, but non-infectious virus particles remain in their bodies. It could also mean that someone was tested before the virus is fully detectable.
Public health is treating the probable case as positive. In these situations, public health investigates whether the person had or is currently having COVID-19 symptoms. They also look into whether the person was recently exposed to COVID-19.
On Sunday, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs conducted 587 tests. To date, Nova Scotia has 1,086 positive COVID-19 cases, 87,928 negative test results, and 65 deaths. The last confirmed positive COVID-19 case was identified on Sept. 7.
Anyone who has is currently experiencing or has experienced within the last 48 hours one of the following symptoms should visit https://811.novascotia.ca to determine if they should call 811 for further assessment:
- new or worsening cough
- fever (i.e. chills or sweats)
Anyone experiencing two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening) should also visit the website:
- sore throat
- runny nose or nasal congestion
- shortness of breath