12 new COVID-19 instances reported Wednesday

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from outside of Atlantic Canada are urged to book a COVID-19 test for day 6, 7, or 8 of their 14-day self-isolation period

To date, January 6th, Nova Scotia has 29 active cases of COVID-19. Today, January 6th, twelve new cases are reported.

Two cases are in the western zone. One case concerns travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The other case is close contact with a previously reported case.

One case is in the Eastern Zone and relates to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The person is a student at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish. The student lives on campus and has self-isolated as needed.

Nine cases are in the central zone. Seven cases are close contacts with previously reported cases. One case concerns travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The other case is being investigated.

One of the cases reported on Jan. 4, which is still under investigation, was identified as a student at Dalhousie University in Halifax living on campus.

Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from outside of Atlantic Canada are urged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ for a COVID-19 test for day 6, 7, or 8 of theirs 14-day self-isolation period to book. COVID-19 test appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.

“I want to greet returning students and thank them for following public health protocols. I also remind asymptomatic students to have a COVID-19 test while they are self-isolating,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Staying vigilant and following all safeguards will help keep our case numbers down as our vaccination program rolls out across the province.”

The Nova Scotia Health Authority laboratories completed 1,578 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 5.

As of October 1, Nova Scotia has completed 121,171 tests. There have been 431 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Nobody is currently in the hospital. The age of the cases ranges from under 10 to over 70 years. 422 cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases can change as data is updated in Panorama.

“It is critical that we all do our part to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. “Together, we can prevent the virus from spreading exponentially by restricting social contacts, practicing social distancing, wearing a mask, washing our hands, and isolating ourselves if necessary.”

As of January 4th, restaurants and licensed establishments in Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County areas may reopen for dinner. You must comply with nationwide restrictions, including ending service by 10 p.m. and closing by 11 p.m. You can continue the take-out and delivery service without any restrictions. The Halifax Casino and VLTs will remain closed.

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to perform a self-assessment if you have had, or are currently experiencing, in the past 48 hours:
– fever (i.e. chills / sweat) or cough (new or worsening)

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
– sore throat
– runny nose / stuffy nose
– A headache
– Shortness of breath / difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or if you want to speak to a nurse about your symptoms.

If a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person will be instructed to stay away from the public at home for 14 days. Public health is working to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has traveled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to public health regulations and guidelines – practicing good hand washing and other hygiene steps, and keeping a physical distance when necessary. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

The prime ministers of all four Atlantic provinces warn against non-essential travel to neighboring provinces. Currently, all non-essential trips to Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador require 14 days of self-isolation. All public health guidelines for each province must be followed. Under the Nova Scotia Health Protection Act ordinance, visitors from outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless they have completed their self-isolation in another Atlantic province.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, hand-washing posters and information sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

Companies and other organizations can find information at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia to help them reopen and work safely.

Fast facts:
– The test numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
– The state of emergency was declared on March 22, 2020 in accordance with the Emergency Management Act and extended until January 10, 2021
– Online booking for COVID-19 test appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/.

Additional resources:
Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada Information Number 1-833-784-4397 (Toll Free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone with or concerned about a mental health or addiction crisis by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll free).

For help with non-crisis mental health or addiction issues, call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll free) on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Kids Help Phone can be reached around the clock at 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free).

For 24/7 help or information about domestic violence, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll free).

For more information on COVID-19 tests and online bookings, please visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/.

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