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Live Update - Nova Scotia Government, March 29, 2020

Today’s update will be livestreamed on https://novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast and https://www.facebook.com/nsgov/

Test numbers are updated daily at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#cases

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

Twelve New Cases of COVID-19

March 29, 2020 - 12:32 PM

As of today, March 29, Nova Scotia has 122 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Twelve new cases were identified yesterday. Most are connected to travel or a known case.

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. At this point, public health cannot confirm community spread as several cases are still under investigation.

The 12 individuals affected range in age from under 10 to mid-70s. Three individuals are currently in hospital. Seven individuals have recovered and their cases of COVID-19 are considered resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province.

A non-resident at the Magnolia residential care home in Enfield has tested positive. Residents, their families and staff at the facility have been notified. Public Health is continuing to investigate and is working closely with the facility administrators. While no residents or other staff are showing symptoms, some are now in self-isolation as a precautionary measure and close contacts are being tested. There are no cases of COVID-19 among residents of long-term care facilities in Nova Scotia.

“I am still hearing stories of people driving to our parks and beaches – even though they are closed. Grocery stores packed, groups out playing sports,” said Premier McNeil. “These people are the reckless few and not only are Dr. Strang and I upset with them, their fellow Nova Scotians are upset with them. To those reckless few: if you won’t do your part to keep physical distance to help flatten the curve, police will do it for you.”

To date, Nova Scotia has 4,731 negative test results and 122 confirmed cases.

It is imperative that anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia self-isolate for 14 days and for everyone to adhere to the five-person social gathering limit. 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.

“The recent cases in the homes for seniors is a strong reminder that our older population is more vulnerable: They need our help and they deserve our vigilance,” said Dr. Strang, Nova Scotia’s medical officer of health. “Everyone has to take great care if they know they will be in contact with our vulnerable people, like our seniors and those with autoimmune issues. If you are feeling unwell at all, it is very important that you stay home and maintain social distancing.”

If you have travelled outside of Nova Scotia or have been in close contact with someone who has travelled and are experiencing fever or new cough you should complete the online questionnaire before calling 811. The online questionnaire can be found at: https://811.novascotia.ca/ .

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

 

Staying Home Saves Lives

We know Nova Scotians want to:

✔️ Slow the spread of COVID-19
✔️ Protect our most vulnerable
✔️ Support our health workers

That is why we all must stay home as much as we can.

Nova Scotia is in a State of Emergency during a global pandemic.

Good weather does not change public health orders.

Staying home and practicing social distancing saves lives.

We must all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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

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NSHA advising potential COVID-19 exposures at locations in Antigonish and New Glasgow

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 02:26PM

NSHA Public Health is advising of potential public exposures to COVID-19:

  • March 11 – Highland Eye Care at 193 Dalhousie Street, New Glasgow
  • March 12 – Charles V. Keating Centre at 1100 Convocation Blvd., Antigonish (event was

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People who were present at those locations on the specified dates are asked to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

“People who may have been exposed on these dates are just past the 14-day period where they should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If you were at those locations and you have developed any symptoms of COVID-19 since then, please call 811. This will help us to identify any connected cases and will aid our containment efforts,” said Dr. Daniela Kempkens, Regional Medical Officer of Health.

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pneumonia

If you have COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Take the COVID-19 online self-assessment questionnaire to determine if you need to call 811.
  • If needed, call 811 for assessment. Please self-isolate until you receive 811 advice on next steps.
  • Do not go directly to a COVID-19 assessment centre without being directed to do so by 811.

All Nova Scotians are advised to continue monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms and are urged to follow Public Health guidelines on how to access care. Up to date information about COVID-19 is available at novascotia.ca/coronavirus

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Twenty New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

As of today, March 28, Nova Scotia has 110 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Twenty new cases were identified Friday, March 27. Most are connected to travel or a known case.

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. At this point, public health cannot confirm community spread as several cases are still under investigation.

The 110 individuals affected range in age from under ten to mid-70's. Three individuals are currently in hospital. Four individuals have recovered and their cases of COVID-19 are considered resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province.

An employee at R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish has tested positive for COVID-19, while an employee at Lewis Hall, a private retirement living community in Dartmouth, has also tested positive.

All residents, their families and staff at both facilities have been notified. Public Health is continuing to investigate and is working closely with the facility administrators. While no residents or other staff are showing symptoms, some are now in self-isolation as a precautionary measure and close contacts are being tested. There are no cases of COVID-19 among residents of long-term care facilities in Nova Scotia.

“The weekend is here and we need to be more vigilant than ever. We can’t let our guard down,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Only go out if necessary and obey the physical distancing rules. And stay connected with your loved ones and neighbours. We will all get through this together.”

To date, Nova Scotia has 4,031 negative test results and 110 confirmed cases.

It is imperative that anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia self-isolate for 14 days and for everyone to adhere to the five-person social gathering limit. 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.

“Given the number of returning travellers, including snowbirds, and more testing being done, an increase in cases is expected,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We’re three weeks into our response and I know this is hard for everyone. Please continue to be part of flattening the curve by following public health advice and direction.”
If you have travelled outside of Nova Scotia or been in close contact with someone who has travelled and are experiencing fever or new cough you should complete the online questionnaire before calling 811. The online questionnaire can be found at: https://811.novascotia.ca/ .

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

Mental Health Resources - Nova Scotia

A new virus like COVID-19 can create fear and anxiety. It is important to take care of your mental health and be aware of resources that can help yourself and others.

▪️ If you or a family member needs help with a mental health and addictions challenge, and would like to self-refer to a mental health and/or addictions clinic, service, program through the Nova Scotia Health Authority or IWK Health Centre, call 1-855-922-1122, Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

▪️ If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health or addictions, crisis, please phone the Mental Health Mobile Crisis Line (available 24/7) at 902.429.8167 or 1.888.429.8167, or call 911.

▪️ Young people up to age 20 can contact the Kids Help Phone 24/7 to speak with a trained counsellor.

🗯 1-800-668-6868
💬 https://kidshelpphone.ca/live-chat/
📱 Text CONNECT to 686868

▪️ Nova Scotians 18+ who want help with anxiety and depression can access the ICAN Anxiety Program, which provides access to a secure website, weekly telephone support from a coach and more.

For more info: http://www.nshealth.ca/content/ican-conquer-anxiety-and-nervousness-anxiety-program-18-plus-years-age

To self-refer, go to: https://login.strongestfamilies.com/folder/1963/

 

Measures to Help Businesses, Seniors and Vulnerable Nova Scotians

March 27, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, gave an update today, March 27, on efforts to help Nova Scotians dealing with COVID-19.

“It is important that we all do our part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by following the rules. Get groceries or go to the pharmacy but not in groups. Walk to exercise, not to socialize and as much as you can, stay at home but stay in touch with others,” said Premier McNeil. “We are also focused today on supporting our small businesses and our most vulnerable citizens and the measures we are taking today will not be the last.”

Measures announced today:

  • government is encouraging retail and commercial landlords to defer lease payments for the next three months for businesses that had to close directly due to the public health order. Landlords who participate by granting such businesses a three month deferral and register by April 3 will be able to claim losses of up to $5,000 per month, if the renting business does not continue operating. Landlords are not permitted to change locks or seize property of businesses who cannot pay rent, if the business closed directly because of COVID-19 public health orders
  • Department of Health and Wellness will distribute up to 800 iPads across the province to long-term care homes so residents can connect with family and friends; the tablets will begin arriving at facilities in April.
  • restaurants will be allowed to include alcohol purchases with takeout and delivery orders as long as the alcohol cost is not more than three times the value of food ordered, effective March 30.
    an amendment to Dr. Strang’s health protection order allows veterinarians to provide virtual care, prescription refills and in-patient urgent or emergencies services.

Measures announced to help vulnerable Nova Scotians by the Department of Community Services are:

  • partnering with Telus to provide 100 phones and calling plans to most-vulnerable clients who have no other means of communication and who may be self-isolated and alone at a cost of $50,000 for the phones and $5,000 per month for the calling plans
  • investing $200,000 to support transition houses as well as other organizations that serve vulnerable women and children
  • investing $55,000 to support 12 smaller community food banks
    extending the hours of its toll-free line for income assistance supports soon, including weekends

“I’ve been encouraged by the way most Nova Scotians have responded – with caring, compassion, community-building and common sense,” said Dr. Strang. “I have also been troubled by reports of people harassing those who test positive. This is when people need the love and support of their community and neighbours the most. So, I am asking you to be kind. Be caring. Be considerate. Be there. Be a friend.”

Seventeen new cases were identified yesterday. Most are connected to travel or a known case. To date, Nova Scotia has 3,649 negative test results and 90 confirmed cases.

It is imperative that anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia self-isolate for 14 days and for everyone to adhere to the five-person social gathering limit. 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 .