The Municipality of the District of Shelburne would like to inform residents that a Councillor departed Italy on February 26, 2020 and returned to the Province of Nova Scotia on March 1, 2020. Based on the state of the coronavirus at the time, before attending any public functions, the Municipality requested the Councillor call 811 to ensure proper protocols were followed. The Councillor did contact 811 in which a nurse asked a series of questions, such as location of travel and return date to Canada. The nurse also asked if the Councillor was feeling any symptoms, such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, which the Councillor was not. The Councillor was informed to self-monitor for a total of 14 days and if felt sick to call 811. With the information that was provided, the nurse stated there was no reason why the Councillor could not attend meetings. The Councillor also received a call shortly after calling 811, from a Provincial Medical Officer, who asked similar questions and reiterated that if the Councillor was not experiencing symptoms to attend the meetings, carry on with daily life, and to continue to self-monitor.
The Federal Travel Advisory issued on March 1, 2020 stated “Upon Return to Canada: For 14 days, monitor your health for fever, cough or difficulty breathing and avoid places where you cannot easily separate yourself from others if you become ill. To further protect those around you, wash your hands often and cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing. If you develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days: isolate yourself from others as quickly as possible and immediately call a health care professional or public health authority.”
Based on the advice from Health Professionals and information released by the Federal Travel Advisory at the time of the Councillor’s return to Canada, the Councillor did attend meetings with a limited number of people and did not attend large gatherings and practiced good hygiene, such as using hand sanitizer often during the meetings. The Councillor continues to have no symptoms of a fever, cough or difficulty breathing. On March 15, 2020 the Provincial Government issued the mandatory 14 days of self-isolation for anyone who has travelled outside of Canada, whether they are experiencing symptoms or not. The Municipality has enforced this mandatory 14 days of self-isolation for any Councillors or staff who have or plan to travel outside the Country.
The protocols continue to change daily, therefore, it is important that everyone stay informed and keep updated. A good source of information is the Provincial website https://novascotia.ca/coronvirus.