Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia reports 90 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday

The province said Tuesday there are 103 people in hospital due to COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, including 25 in intensive care.

103 people are now in hospital, including 25 in intensive care

A man gets a COVID-19 test in Toronto in February. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Nova Scotia reported 90 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and 180 recoveries.

The recoveries bring the known active caseload to 1,345. 

There are now 103 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 25 in intensive care.

Of the new cases, 64 are in the central zone, 17 are in the eastern zone, seven are in the northern zone and two are in the western zone.

There is community spread of COVID-19 in the central zone, which includes Halifax, and the other zones are being monitored for community spread. Public Health says there are some areas of concern, including Sydney, Bridgewater, New Minas and Kentville, and testing has been increased in those areas.

On Monday, labs in the province processed 6,216 tests.

New public health protocol

Public health staff in Nova Scotia will no longer call close contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to inform them that their 14-day self-isolation period has ended.

The provincial health authority made the announcement on Tuesday morning, saying the change will free up staff to investigate new cases.

Typically, when someone with a lengthy exposure to a person with COVID-19 without physical distancing or masking is finished their 14-day isolation and has gotten all the required testing, public health staff call to confirm that they can stop isolating if they have no symptoms.

But due to the recent spike in cases, there are several thousand such people who have finished isolating and are waiting for that confirmation call from Public Health.

Effective immediately, people in that situation can consider their isolation period complete if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • They have finished 14 days of self-isolation (isolation ends at 11:59 p.m. on the date provided by Public Health).
  • They have completed all required testing.
  • They have not been re-exposed to COVID-19.
  • They have no COVID-19 symptoms.

Atlantic Canada case numbers

  • New Brunswick reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, and reported its 42nd death. The province now has 121 active cases.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported six new cases Tuesday for a total of 83 active cases.
  • P.E.I. reported two new cases on Tuesday. The province has 10 active cases.