N.S. records 60th COVID-19 death, 53rd at Northwood
There are 18 known active cases of the virus remaining in the province
COVID-19 has claimed another life at the Northwood long-term care facility in Halifax.
On Saturday, the province announced its 60th death from the virus.
The latest death marks the 53rd COVID-19 death at Northwood. Northwood currently has 10 residents and four staff with active cases of the virus.
Nova Scotia reported one new case of COVID-19 in its daily update. Including Northwood, there are 18 known active cases of the virus remaining in the province.
Seven people with COVID-19 are in hospital, including two in intensive care.
The QEII Health Sciences Centre's microbiology lab completed 694 tests for Nova Scotia on Friday. To date, there have been 41,391 negative tests, 1,056 positive tests and 978 recoveries.
COVID-19 at Halifax Rona
The Rona store on Almon Street was closed on Saturday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
A spokesperson for parent company Lowe's Canada told CBC News in an email that one of its associates received a positive test result and informed the store on Friday.
The store was closed that same day. The employee last worked on Thursday.
"We take the situation very seriously. To protect the health and safety of our associates and customers, we closed the store on May 29 and are proceeding to an extensive cleaning and disinfecting of the premises today," Lowe's Canada said in a statement.
Lowe's Canada said people who worked closely with the employee have been put on preventative paid quarantine at home. It said public health officials have been informed.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority said people may have been exposed May 23, 25 and 28. It encouraged people who visited the Almon Street store to monitor for symptoms until June 11.
On Friday, the province reported no new cases of COVID-19 — a first since March 15, when the virus first appeared.
The province also increased the number of people allowed to gather from five to 10. Physical distancing is still required.
The state of emergency declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 has been extended to June 14.
Updated symptoms list
The list of COVID-19 symptoms recently expanded. People with one or more of the following updated list of symptoms are asked to visit 811's website:
- Fever (chills, sweats).
- Cough or worsening of a previous cough.
- Sore throat.
- Shortness of breath.
- Muscle aches.
- Nasal congestion/runny nose.
- Hoarse voice.
- 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.