COVID-19

Nova Scotia Reports Two More Deaths, Four New Cases of COVID-19

Today, May 2, Nova Scotia is reporting two additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the total to 31. The deaths occurred at the Northwood long-term care home in Halifax Regional Municipality.

“On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I want to offer my condolences to the families of the residents of Northwood who have died due to COVID-19. I am very sorry for your loss,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I ask Nova Scotians to continue to fight this virus through diligent social distancing, hand washing and common sense. When you are outside this weekend, taking care of your physical and mental health, please keep these things top of mind.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 963 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Four new cases were identified Friday, May 1.

“We are working very hard with the Northwood team and the health authority to isolate the virus to protect the residents and staff at Northwood,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Please continue to follow public health directives and advice. We must all keep working as one to fight COVID-19.”

The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 866 Nova Scotia tests on May 1 and is operating 24-hours.

As of May 1, there were 10 licensed long-term care homes and unlicensed seniors’ facilities in Nova Scotia with cases of COVID-19, involving 239 residents and 109 staff.

If you have two or more of the following symptoms, visit https://811.novascotia.ca to determine if you should call 811 for further assessment:

fever
new or worsening cough
sore throat
runny nose
headache
To date, Nova Scotia has 29,406 negative test results, 963 positive COVID-19 test results and 31 deaths. Confirmed cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. Nine individuals are currently in hospital, three of those in ICU. Six-hundred and nine 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.

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 .

Province Easing Some Recreation Restrictions

The Province announced the easing of some recreation restrictions. 

"We know that getting outdoors for recreation is important for people's physical and mental health," said Premier McNeil." That's why we are easing some restrictions, while still keeping the majority of our public health directives in place to continue fighting the virus. But I need to be clear: if we see an increase in positive cases or people not continuing to adhere to all the public health measures, the restrictions will return."

Existing public health directives around social distancing and social gatherings remain in place. People must keep two metres apart and not gather in groups of more than five. People are asked to stay within their household unit, not drive to access outdoor spaces, and not go to a place if a parking lot looks full.

These measures take effect immediately, as of 3pm, Friday May 1st. 
-- provincial and municipal parks can reopen, but beaches and playground equipment will continue to be off limits
-- trails are allowed to open
-- people are allowed to use and visit community gardens
--sports fields and school fields are open, but not playgrounds or beaches
• -- garden centres and similar businesses can open
-- sportfishing is permitted from shore or boat, but fishing derbies are not allowed
-- people can attend boating, yacht or sailing clubs for the purpose of preparing boats for use
-- golf driving ranges can open, including those at golf clubs, but the course must remain closed; golf clubs can perform necessary maintenance and preparations for opening
-- people can use their cottages. Use is restricted to one household unit at a time, travel must be directly to the cottage and back, and travelling back and forth frequently from cottage and primary residence is discouraged
-- provincial and private campgrounds remain closed, but they can perform necessary maintenance and preparations for opening. An exception is recreational vehicles parked year-round at private campgrounds, which can be used but must follow the same rules as cottages
-- drive-in religious services will be allowed, as long as people stay in their cars, they are parked two metres apart and there are no interactions between people in cars or between people in cars and others

Beaches and playgrounds remain closed

Details on these adjustments can be found at, https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

"Our ability to open things up further - for example, beaches, golf courses and campgrounds -- depends on how each of us does with these adjustments, how well Nova Scotians comply and how the pandemic continues to impact people's health," Dr. Strang said. "We can't let our guards down. We need to continue to flatten the curve."

A phased plan to further lift public health restrictions is under development. It is based on science and the timing of each phase will be determined by the result to the easing of restrictions.

Nova Scotia Government lifted the following restrictions, as of 3 pm May 1st

This afternoon, the Nova Scotia Government lifted the following restrictions, providing physical distancing rules of keeping two metres apart and not gathering in groups of five remain.

✅ Provincial and municipal parks and trails in the province are allowed to re-open, although playground equipment will continue to be off limits ? unfortunately, this does not allow for the re-opening of our Municipal Welkum Park or Jordan Youth Park as beaches and playground equipment remain off limits

✅ Sportfishing will be allowed from shore or boat, but fishing derbies are not allowed.

✅ People can attend boating, yacht or sailing clubs for the purpose of preparing boats for use.

✅ Nova Scotians will be allowed to use and visit community gardens, and garden centres, nurseries and similar businesses can re-open.

✅ Golf driving ranges may open, including those at golf clubs, but courses must remain closed. Golf clubs are allowed to perform necessary maintenance and preparations for opening.

✅ People can use their cottages. This is restricted to one household unit at a time, and travel must be directly to the cottage and back. The province says travelling back and forth from cottages to primary residence is discouraged.

✅ Provincial and private campgrounds remain closed but can perform necessary maintenance and prepare for opening. An exception is recreational vehicles parked year-round at private campgrounds, which can be used following the same rules as cottages.

✅ Drive-in religious services are allowed, as long as people stay in their cars, parked two metres apart, and there are no interactions between people in cars and others.

? Please note that, at this time, beaches will remain closed, this includes our Municipal Welkum Park beach.

The province is developing a phased plan to further lift public health restrictions, and the timing of each phase will be determined by the result of the easing of restrictions.

Stay safe and enjoy the outdoors!

For more information, visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

Live Update - Nova Scotia Government, May 1, 2020

Premier McNeil and Dr. Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health will provide a #COVID19NS update today at 3 p.m., including information on one death and 12 new cases. Watch on Facebook Live, YouTube or at https://novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast.

Premier McNeil and Dr. Strang will announce the easing of some public health restrictions around outdoor and recreational activities.

Nova Scotia Reports One More Death, Twelve New Cases of COVID-19

Today, May 1, Nova Scotia is reporting one additional death related to COVID-19, bringing the total to 29. The death occurred at the Northwood long-term care home in Halifax Regional Municipality.

"The thoughts and best wishes of all Nova Scotians are with everyone at Northwood. To the family and loved ones of this individual, please accept our deepest condolences," said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Many people, representing many organizations, are working hard to help Northwood address this virus. This support will continue as long as it is needed.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 959 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Twelve new cases were identified Thursday, April 30.

The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 812 Nova Scotia tests on April 30 and is operating 24-hours.

As of April 30, there were 10 licensed long-term care homes and unlicensed seniors’ facilities in Nova Scotia with cases of COVID-19, involving 237 residents and 105 staff.

If you have two or more of the following symptoms, visit https://811.novascotia.ca to determine if you should call 811 for further assessment:

fever
new or worsening cough
sore throat
runny nose
headache

To date, Nova Scotia has 28,883 negative test results, 959 positive COVID-19 test results and 29 deaths. Confirmed cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. Ten individuals are currently in hospital, three of those in ICU. Five-hundred and ninety-two 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.

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 .

Twelve New Cases of COVID-19

As of today, April 30, Nova Scotia has 947 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Twelve new cases were identified Wednesday, April 29.

“I want to thank all Nova Scotians for their patience and vigilance – we will get through this together,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I urge you all to keep practising good hygiene and maintaining social distance.”

The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 901 Nova Scotia tests on April 29 and is operating 24-hours.

“Now is not the time to let our guard down,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “What we are doing is working to slow this virus’ spread and we need to stay the course. Please continue to follow public health orders and advice.”

As of April 29, there were 10 licensed long-term care homes and unlicensed seniors’ facilities in Nova Scotia with cases of COVID-19, involving 235 residents and 104 staff.

If you have two or more of the following symptoms, visit https://811.novascotia.ca to determine if you should call 811 for further assessment:

fever
new or worsening cough
sore throat
runny nose
headache

To date, Nova Scotia has 28,209 negative test results, 947 positive COVID-19 test results and 28 deaths. Confirmed cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. Ten individuals are currently in hospital, three of those in ICU. Five-hundred and forty-five 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.

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 .