Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia reports 2 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total known cases to 4

Nova Scotia is reporting two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of total active cases to four.

NSHA is warning of 2 possible exposures in the Halifax area

The QEII Health Sciences Centre's microbiology lab completed 334 Nova Scotia tests on Saturday. (David Blomme/NSHA)

Nova Scotia is reporting two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of total known active cases to four.

Both cases were discovered in the Central Zone and are related to travel outside Canada, according to a news release Sunday from the Department of Health.

The two new cases were identified among 334 Nova Scotia tests, which were completed at the QEII Health Sciences Centre's microbiology lab on Saturday.

The release said the individuals have been self-isolating and one case is connected to the two cases that were discovered last week.

2 possible exposures

The Nova Scotia Health is warning of two potential COVID-19 exposures in Halifax.

The most recent possible exposure was at the Chebucto Road HRM Park.

The health authority said in a news release Sunday that people may have been exposed on July 31 between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Anyone exposed to the virus may develop symptoms up to and including Aug. 16.

The advisory relates to an individual, or individuals, who may have been asymptomatic before, or experienced mild symptoms that had previously gone unnoticed.

"The advisory is being issued out of an abundance of caution," the release said.

Two new cases were identified in the Central Zone in testing Saturday. (Nova Scotia Health Authority)

The other possible exposure was on a Royal Dutch Airlines flight, operated by WestJet, on July 12 from Toronto to Halifax.

The flight, WS 254, departed Toronto around 9:45 p.m. and landed in Halifax just after midnight on July 13.

The health authority said Sunday that anyone on the flight could have been exposed, but passengers in rows 14 through 20 and seats A through C are more likely to have had close contact. Those passengers are asked to call 811 for advice.

The health authority said the exposure period has ended but anyone who was on the flight and has had symptoms between July 12 and July 27 should get tested.

Contract tracing has already begun for both instances and anyone at these locations during these time should self-monitor for signs and symptoms.

All passengers are encouraged to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia has recorded 64,184 negative test results, 1,071 cases and 64 deaths overall.

Non-medical face masks are now mandatory in indoor public spaces in Nova Scotia to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Symptoms list

People with one or more of the following COVID-19 symptoms are asked to visit 811's website:

  • Fever (chills, sweats).
  • Cough or worsening of a previous cough.
  • Sore throat.
  • Headache.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Muscle aches.
  • Sneezing.
  • Nasal congestion/runny nose.
  • Hoarse voice.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Unusual fatigue.
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste.
  • Red, purple or bluish lesions on the feet, toes or fingers that do not have a clear cause.

Corrections

  • This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated that the latest COVID-19 exposure occured at the Maritime Muslim Academy playground on Chebucto Road in Halifax. The Nova Scotia Health Authority has now confirmed the exposure happened at Chebucto Road HRM Park.
    Aug 03, 2020 12:26 PM AT

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