COVID-19

Closure of Access Nova Scotia and Registry of Motor Vehicle Offices, Deadline Extension

Nova Scotians are being asked to take every precaution including social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. That is why Access Nova Scotia and Registry of Motor Vehicle Offices are temporarily closing for one week starting Wednesday, March 18, to establish new ways of providing service to minimize contact between people. Offices are expected to reopen Wednesday, March 25.

Government is also extending the date for driver licences and vehicle registrations expiring in March, April and May to Aug. 31. All law enforcement agencies have been notified of the extensions. Some of the services offered through Access Nova Scotia and Registry of Motor Vehicle Offices are available online at https://www.novascotia.ca/sns/access/online-services.asp

Quick Facts:
there are 20 Access Centres/Registry of Motor Vehicles Offices in Nova Scotia about 10,000 driver licences are renewed monthly between 20,000-25,000 vehicle registrations are renewed monthly, Nova Scotians can call the provincial contact centre with urgent enquiries at 1-800-670-4357.

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Media Contacts:
Gary Andrea
Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services 902-456-6196 Email:
Marla MacInnis
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Cell: 902-499-6428 Email:

Press Release - Blood Collection Services NSHA

OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The following western zone blood collection sites are closed until further notice:

  • Our Health Centre, Chester
  • Caledonia Medical Centre, Caledonia
  • Lockeport Medical Center, Lockeport
  • Barrington Community Health Center, Barrington
  • Clare Medical Centre, Meteghan
  • Weymouth Medical Centre, Weymouth
  • Western Kings Memorial Health Centre, Berwick
  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre, Wolfville

Many Nova Scotia Health Authority services are being reduced or suspended until further notice as part of the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. This also allows us to conserve and redeploy our resources in anticipation of increasing demand related to the pandemic.

People requiring blood collection are invited to visit the nearest open site providing blood collection services during regular hours. For information on blood collection sites and times, visit NSHA’s website: http://www.nshealth.ca/blood-collection

All closures can be found online at www.nshealth.ca/temporaryclosures

For information on COVID-19, visit: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

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Provincial Media Line: 1-844-483-3344

About Nova Scotia Health Authority

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) provides health services to Nova Scotians and a wide array of specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. NSHA operates hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers. We work in partnership with community groups, schools, governments, foundations and auxiliaries and community health boards. Visit www.nshealth.ca for more information.

Additional Municipal Measures To Help Reduce The Spread Of The Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Shelburne County NS, - This morning, all five municipal units in Shelburne County, involving the Mayors/Wardens, senior staff, Emergency Measures Operations (EMO) personnel and a staff representative from EMO NS, met again via teleconference to discuss the implementation of additional measures to reduce the spread of the virus all while continuing to provide essential services.

In light of the rapidly evolving effects of the virus, the following steps are being implemented as of 4:30 p.m. today, March 17, 2020:

  • All municipal offices will be closed until April 6, 2020. This closure will be reassessed as necessary.
  • All non-essential services, such as by-law enforcement, shall be reduced, in favor of more critical municipal services.
  • All recreation related activities are suspended until further notice.
  • All municipal related travel is suspended until further notice.
  • Interest charges for the month of March are being waived.

The municipal units will continue to operate and provide the essential services to its residents. We urge residents to check with their local unit to understand which services will continue and in which manner they will served. Here are pdf additional Measures to Help Reduce the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 (115 KB) .

We want to remind our residents that this is a time in which we need to come together and think about each other. Helping our neighbors and those most vulnerable, along with our personal safety is necessary. There is no doubt that these challenging times can cause anxiety and stress but there is no need to panic. The residents of Shelburne County are resilient, considerate and supportive which will all help make the best of this situation.

Finally, being prepared and staying informed is vital and we encourage everyone to go to the Province's reponse to COVID-19.

Councillor and Municipality followed Health Professionals Advice and Federal Travel Advisory Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

Media Contact

Trudy Payne
Chief Administrative Officer

Staying Informed about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Shelburne County, NS - Following the Province’s press conference on Sunday, March 15th, all five municipal units, involving the Mayors/Wardens, senior staff, Emergency Measures Operations (EMO) personnel and a staff representative from EMO NS, met via teleconference to discuss the coronavirus and to ensure measures are in place to provide essential services and protect staff and the public.

At this time, all municipal offices in Shelburne County remain open but this will continue to be monitored daily. For the protection of our staff, residents and visitors we are requesting that anyone visiting municipal offices or facilities respect the social distance of six feet and to continue to practice good hygiene, such as washing hands.

In the coming days, the Municipalities will meet regularly and continue to work together as the Federal and Provincial Governments provide updates on the status of the virus in our communities, the Province, the Country and abroad. As updates are published, we will share them on our municipal websites and social media platforms. We encourage everyone to be vigilant and do what you can to be prepared and stay informed. We appreciate how the people in Shelburne County have come together in this time of need and how they are always ready to support each other. We would also like to thank all the Health Care workers for their dedication and commitment.

Some key messages delivered by the Province at their press conference, is that we must work together; this is a time in which we need to think about others; and we must continue to protect those most vulnerable. Effective March 15th, under the authority of the Health Protection Act, the Province is requiring anyone who has travelled outside of Canada to self-isolate for 14 days upon return, even if you are symptom-free. If you are aware of anyone returning to the Country and refusing to self -isolate we urge you to call Public Health at 902-875-2623. This is our opportunity to avoid the worst of this virus by working together. These types of actions will help slow the spread of the virus and reduce the size when it peaks. Minimizing interactions with others will also help control the virus and will help protect health resources, enabling them to respond effectively to those diagnosed with the coronavirus. Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, encouraged us all to avoid all non-essential travel and to continue to practice good hygiene by washing your hands often, covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue, avoiding touching your face and cleaning high touch surfaces often. Being prepared and staying informed is vital and we encourage you to continually visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus for up to date information.

Finally, at the press conference, the Premier stated that we need to rely on Public Health and on evidence-based science to make decisions. It is important that we get our information from reliable sources and 811 is a great source of information. To help you better understand if you need to talk to 811, please visit 811.novascotia.ca to take a simple questionnaire.
For further information the press release can be found at https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200315002

Media Contact Information

Trudy Payne
Chief Administrative Officer

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First Presumptive Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia; New Prevention Measures

Nova Scotia announced the province's first three presumptive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), today, March 15. The province is also taking further measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The cases are not connected and are travel related. The individuals followed all the proper procedures when they started to feel unwell.

"My thoughts are with the individuals affected and I wish them a speedy and thorough recovery. Now, more than ever, all Nova Scotians must follow public health direction - that's how we will reduce the spread of this virus in our province," said Premier Stephen McNeil. "We need to work together to protect our most vulnerable."

Two individuals are in the Halifax Regional Municipality and one is in Kings County. All three are managing their symptoms at home in self-isolation. Details include:

  • a female in her 60's, who returned to Halifax from Australia on March 8.
  • a male in his late 50's, who recently attended a conference in California and returned to Halifax on March 13.
  • a male in his 30's, who returned to Halifax on March 10 following travel throughout Europe.

Public health has been in contact with these individuals and those who have come in close contact with them are also being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Additional prevention measures for Nova Scotians are in effect immediately under the authority of the Health Protection Act and include:

  • long-term care facilities closed to visitors effectively immediately
  • public schools closed for two weeks following March Break (weeks of March 23 and March 30) and then will be reassessed
  • regulated child care centres closed March 17 to April 3 and then will be reassessed
  • March break camps cancelled
  • casinos in Halifax and Sydney are closed as of 12 am March 16 and bar owners can no longer operating VLTs
  • anyone who travelled outside of Canada must self-isolate even if symptom-free
  • organizations and businesses must practise social distancing of two metres or six feet and keep gatherings below 150 or much smaller if possible. This applies to restaurants, bars, movie theatres and other gathering spots

Starting Monday, March 16, public health inspectors will be onsite at the Halifax International Airport and the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. Work is ongoing with federal partners responsible for border security to strengthen the screening process. As well, both airports now have information on digital screens in all areas frequented by travellers.

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

Quick Facts:

  • as of March 15, Nova Scotia has completed 418 tests for COVID-19, with 415 negative results and 3 presumptive positive cases. Testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
  • the Government of Canada has issued a travel advisory asking Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.
  • anyone who has travelled outside of Canada or has been in close contact with someone who has and are experiencing fever (above 38C) or cough should complete the online questionnaire to see whether you need to call 811. The online questionnaire can be found at: 811.novascotia.ca
  • Nova Scotia's Health Protection Act gives the chief medical officer of health the authority to give advice to protect public health and decrease risk to public health presented by communicable diseases such as COVID-19 --the public school system will be investigating virtual schools focused on essential curriculum to ensure Grade 12 students can graduate

Additional Resources:

The Public Health Agency of Canada maintains a list of affected areas: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/covid-19-affected-areas-list.html

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada toll-free information line 1-833-784-4397 Nova Scotia Public Health offices: http://www.nshealth.ca/public-health-offices

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