Nova Scotia

5 new COVID-19 cases reported in Nova Scotia Sunday

Nova Scotia reported five new cases of COVID-19 in the province on Sunday. Four cases are in the central zone, with the fifth in the eastern zone. All are self-isolating.

There are now 40 known cases in the province

Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead of the Manitoba Vaccine Implementation Task Force, draws a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Winnipeg on Friday, March 19, 2021. Nova Scotia reported five new cases of the virus on Sunday. (John Woods/The Canadian Press)

Nova Scotia reported five new cases of COVID-19 Sunday.

Four cases are in the central health zone. Two of those are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada, while the other two are close contacts of previous cases.

The fifth case is in the eastern zone, and is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.

All cases have been self-isolating, according to a release from the province.

"Spring is finally here in Nova Scotia and after a long winter, I know how much Nova Scotians want to spend time with family and friends outdoors," Premier Iain Rankin said in the release.

"We must remember that COVID-19 doesn't take a break and neither should we. Enjoy the outdoors safely by following public health measures like sticking with your small close group and socially distancing when you need to."

There are now 40 active cases of the virus in N.S.

One case reported Saturday in the central zone has been removed from the province's cumulative count, as it will be counted in another province.

The Nova Scotia health authority's labs completed 2,031 tests on Saturday.

Three people are currently in hospital with the virus, with none in intensive care.

On Friday, Rankin announced that COVID-19 vaccination eligibility opened to those in the 65-69 age category.

Anyone in that group can book a vaccine appointment online or by phone.

Free asymptomatic rapid testing is also available for newcomers to Canada on Sunday, where no health card is needed. People must be feeling well, and have no symptoms to attend.

The event is being held at the YMCA for Immigrant Programs at 7071 Bayers Road in Halifax, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

New exposure notice

Nova Scotia Health issued one new flight exposure notice Sunday.

Anyone who was on the following flights on the specified dates and times should book a COVID-19 test on the self-assessment website or by contacting 811, regardless of whether they have COVID-19 symptoms. 

Individuals who were at the following locations during the listed times do not have to self-isolate while they await test results, unless they have symptoms of COVID-19.

  • WestJet Flight 3346, from Toronto on April 7 (9 a.m.) arriving in Halifax (12:20 p.m.), Passengers in rows 11-17, seats A, B and C .  Anyone exposed may develop symptoms through April 21.

Atlantic Canada case numbers

  • New Brunswick reported nine new cases on Sunday for a total of 148 known active cases. The province has 20 people in hospital related to the virus, 13 in intensive care.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported four new cases Saturday for 10 active cases. All of the new cases are close contacts of cases previously reported.
  • P.E.I. reported one new case on Friday for six active cases.