Nova Scotia

Latest COVID-19 case in N.S. is truck driver who travelled outside Canada

Another new case of COVID-19 was identified by the province on Tuesday, bringing the total number of active cases up to five, while the Nova Scotia Health Authority is also warning of a potential exposure on Air Canada Flight 626 from Toronto to Halifax.

Provincial health authority also warns of possible exposure on Toronto-Halifax flight last month

The new case in Nova Scotia is related to a truck driver who travelled outside of Canada as an essential worker. (Jeorge Sadi/CBC)

Another new case of COVID-19 was identified by the province on Tuesday, bringing the total number of active cases to five.

The new case is a Nova Scotia truck driver who travelled outside of Canada as an essential worker, according to a news release.

To date, the province has had 1,066 positive cases and 63 deaths related to the virus.

One person is in hospital, but their COVID-19 infection is considered resolved.

The QEII Health Sciences Centre's microbiology lab completed 475 tests on Tuesday.

Passengers on Air Canada Flight AC 626 on June 26 from Toronto to Halifax may have been exposed to COVID-19. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

The provincial health authority is also warning that people on a flight from Toronto to Halifax last month may have been exposed to COVID-19.

It said Wednesday that Flight AC 626 departed Toronto at 8:15 p.m. on June 26 and landed in Halifax at 11:17 p.m.

Officials have not said whether the case involves a student in his 20s who travelled from the U.S. through Toronto to Halifax on the same day, and is believed to be the source of a cluster of COVID-19 cases on Prince Edward Island.

Public Health said while anyone on the flight may have been exposed, passengers in rows 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33 in seats A to C are more likely to have had close contact to a person who had COVID-19.

Passengers may develop symptoms up to and including this Friday.

Public Health is also contacting anyone else known to have been in contact with the person infected by the virus.

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.

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