COVID-19 Press Releases

Measures to Further Help Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, gave an update today, April 6, on efforts to help further protect the province’s seniors and to expand testing criteria.

“I know it has been difficult for people during this time but following public health advice will ensure we flatten the curve," said Premier McNeil. "Now more than ever we need to stay home. But we also need you to care for your loved ones, for those in your community and for those vulnerable Nova Scotians who need you more than ever."

New measures announced today:

removing travel as a requirement to be referred for testing for COVID-19 now that community spread is present in Nova Scotia. An assessment is still required through 811, which will refer you to an assessment centre, if required. Visit https://811.novascotia.ca/ for more information
Dr. Strang has directed licensed long-term care homes to follow measures to further prevent the introduction of the virus into these homes and to reduce its spread if introduced to the facility. The directive includes a number of provisions, including cleaning, monitoring of residents and staff, testing, and reporting. The directive and the measures were provided to the sector today and are effective immediately
" As we see the beginning of community spread, it is critical we take further measures to protect our family members in long-term care homes," said Dr. Strang. " The directive will ensure that each facility, regardless of size, has all the information and resources to protect our seniors in their care."

To date, Nova Scotia has 10,218 negative test results and 293 confirmed cases. Those cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. Sixty-four individuals have now recovered and their cases of COVID-19 are considered resolved.

Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. A map and graphic presentation of the case data is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data .

As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better. If they are concerned about COVID-19 they can go to https://811.novascotia.ca/ and use the online assessment tool. Anyone referred to an assessment site by 811 will be tested.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Twenty-nine New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

As of today, April 4, Nova Scotia has 236 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Twenty-nine new cases were identified Friday, April 3.

The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 800 Nova Scotia tests on Friday, April 3.

While most cases in Nova Scotia to date have been connected to travel or a known case, it is now known there is community spread. This is expected and why the testing strategy continues to be adjusted. Part of that is increasing lab capacity. Processing at the lab is moving to 24/7 operations on Monday, April 6.

To date, Nova Scotia has 8,964 negative test results and 236 confirmed cases. Those cases range in age from under ten to over 80. Four individuals are currently in hospital. Fifty individuals have now recovered and their cases of COVID-19 are considered resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. A map and graphic presentation of the case data is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data.

Public health is working to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with the confirmed cases. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better. If they are concerned about COVID-19 they can go to https://811.novascotia.ca/ and use the online assessment tool. Anyone referred to an assessment site by 811 will be tested.

It is now more important than ever for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health orders and directives - practise good hygiene, maintain a physical distance of two metres or six feet from others, limit essential gatherings to no more than five people and stay at home as much as possible.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

Twenty New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

As of today, April 2, Nova Scotia has 193 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Twenty new cases were identified Wednesday, April 1, and 900 COVID-19 tests were completed at the QEII Health Sciences Centre's microbiology lab.

While most cases in Nova Scotia are connected to travel or a known case, as reported previously, there is one confirmed case of community transmission and more cases are expected to present.

To date, Nova Scotia has 7,446 negative test results and 193 confirmed cases. Those cases range in age from under ten to over 80. Five individuals are currently in hospital. Sixteen individuals have now recovered and their cases of COVID-19 are considered resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. A map and graphic presentation of the case data is now available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data.

Public health is working to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with the confirmed cases. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better. If they are concerned about COVID-19 they can go to https://811.novascotia.ca/ and use the online assessment tool. Anyone referred to an assessment site by 811 will be tested.

It is now more important than ever for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health orders and directives - practise good hygiene, maintain a physical distance of two metres or six feet from others, limit essential gatherings to no more than five people and stay at home as much as possible.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

Today's update will be livestreamed at 3 p.m. on https://novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast, @nsgov Facebook and YouTube channels

Twenty-Six New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

As of today, April 1, Nova Scotia has 173 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Twenty-six new cases were identified Tuesday, March 31, and more than 1,000 COVID-19 tests were completed at the QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab.

While most cases in Nova Scotia are connected to travel or a known case, as reported previously, there is one confirmed case of community transmission and more cases are expected to present.

Of the 26 new cases of COVID-19, one is a staff member at The Magnolia residential care home in Enfield. That makes three staff members and two residents of The Magnolia who have tested positive. The residents are in isolation and staff members are isolating at home. All residents are being monitored for symptoms of COVID-19 including temperature checks twice daily. To date, two other nursing homes in Nova Scotia each have one staff member who has tested positive. They are isolating at home and appropriate infection prevention and control measures are in place at facilities across the province.

To date, Nova Scotia has 6,591 negative test results and 173 confirmed cases. Those cases range in age from under ten to over 80. Five individuals are currently in hospital. Eleven individuals have now recovered and their cases of COVID-19 are considered resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province.

Public health is working to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with the confirmed cases. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better. If they are concerned about COVID-19 they can go to https://811.novascotia.ca/ and use the online assessment tool. Anyone referred to an assessment site by 811 will be tested.

It is now more important than ever for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health orders and directives – practise good hygiene, maintain a physical distance of two metres or six feet from others, limit essential gatherings to no more than five people and stay at home as much as possible.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

Schools Remain Closed until at least May 1, 2020

Public schools across the province will remain closed until at least May 1, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This closure will be reassessed as the situation changes.

We recognize that these are extraordinary times. Government and our public education system have made learning a priority, while still protecting the health and safety of students and teachers.

During this time, students and families will have access to e-learning and at-home options that will be assignment and project focused, so they may continue their education.

We understand this is a challenging time for families. The Learning Plan is not meant to add more stress. If the Learning Plan is causing additional stress, please contact your child’s teacher or principal to discuss.

Students who need additional support will continue to receive it. We are all in this together and we appreciate everyone’s patience and commitment to education.

We have created a website with tips on reading, ideas for planning and appropriate online tools at https://curriculum.novascotia.ca/learning-home.

Any student who is on-track to graduate will graduate. Any student on track to move to the next grade will pass.

Provincial exams and assessments are cancelled for the remainder of the year.

Minister Churchill's message to families can be view and download at https://www.tcrce.ca/.

Five New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

As of today, March 30, Nova Scotia has 127 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Five new cases were identified yesterday, after more than 600 tests were processed. While most cases to date have been connected to travel or a known case, public health has now reached a point with one of its current investigations where no such links can be made and must conclude that this case is the result of transmission within the community.

While this is not unexpected, it is now more important than ever for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health orders and directives – practise good hygiene, maintain a physical distance of two metres or six feet from others, limit essential gatherings to no more than five people and stay at home as much as possible.

The individuals affected range in age from under ten to mid-70's. Four individuals are currently in hospital. Ten individuals have now recovered and their cases of COVID-19 are considered resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province.

Public health is working to identify people who may have come in close contact with the confirmed cases. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better. If they are concerned about COVID-19 they can go to https://811.novascotia.ca/ and use the online assessment tool. Anyone referred to an assessment site by 811 will be tested.

To date, Nova Scotia has 5,054 negative test results and 127 confirmed cases.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

Today's update will be livestreamed at 3 p.m. on https://novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast, @nsgov Facebook and YouTube channels.