Premier McNeil and Dr. Strang will provide an update today at 3 p.m. about 10 new cases of #COVID19. The cases are travel-related or connected to earlier reported cases. Several of the new cases are connected to groups who have returned to NS following travel outside of Canada. None of these cases are from spread within the community. Today’s update will be livestreamed at 3 p.m. on https://novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast or https://www.facebook.com/nsgov/
The 51 positive cases in NS range in age from under ten to mid-70's, from all parts of the province. One individual remains in hospital. One individual has recovered and their case of #COVID19 is considered resolved.
To date, Nova Scotia has 2,474 negative test results and 51 confirmed cases. Numbers are updated daily at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#cases
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
If you don’t have symptoms and haven’t been told to self-isolate, you can go for a walk in your neighborhood or your yard. This should be for exercising, not to socialize with neighbors and friends. Help prevent the spread of #COVID19NS.
Provincial beaches and parks are closed but some trails are still open. Use trails in your immediate area if you can, as parking may be prohibited or unavailable in some locations.
Many trails are operated by municipalities and community groups – confirm they are open before going. Make sure you can maintain a social distance of 2 metres or 6 feet while on the trail to prevent the spread of #COVID19NS.
For more information visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus
The local RCMP phone to report people who are not following the current State of Emergency rules is 902-875-2490.
For more information on the Provinces reponse to COVID-19 visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/.
Media Release - March 23, 2020
Halifax – To help meet immediate and emerging needs of communities in Atlantic Canada due to COVID-19, Emera Inc. is contributing $500,000 to the United Way’s Atlantic Compassion Fund and its operating company Nova Scotia Power will donate $500,000 to the Home Energy Assistance Top-up (HEAT) Fund.
“The global COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in extraordinary challenges for Atlantic Canada. Our current focus is on ensuring our ability to continue to deliver the critical energy needs of our customers, as well as the health and safety of our people and our communities. But we also understand the pressures this pandemic is creating for many, and we want to do our part right now to help those who need it most,” said Emera President and CEO Scott Balfour. “These donations to the Atlantic Compassion Fund and the HEAT Fund will provide immediate critical aid to our region.”
The Atlantic Compassion Fund will support people who are being most impacted by the widespread public health measures being implemented across the region, including those who are precariously employed, or are experiencing homelessness, mental illness or food insecurity, or living on a low income. This Atlantic-wide fund is being managed by United Way Halifax in collaboration with 10 other United Ways across the region.
The Home Energy Assistance Top-up (HEAT) Fund helps individuals and families who live on low incomes to pay their energy bills. The program is extending the April 15 application deadline indefinitely and waiving the application restriction on applying only every 24 months, meaning customers who received funding in 2019 may also apply in 2020.
“We understand our customers are concerned about the future, their jobs and their ability to pay their bills. The last thing we want them to worry about is going without power during this tough time,” says Wayne O’Connor, Nova Scotia Power President and CEO. “That’s why we are suspending disconnections for nonpayment for at least 90 days, relaxing payment timelines and waiving penalties and fees. We’re working with residential and small business customers to provide flexible options and making this additional donation to the HEAT Fund.”
The HEAT Fund program is a partnership between Nova Scotia Power, the provincial government and The Salvation Army. Every year it provides emergency assistance for all forms of home heating.
“Many people in our community are in crisis right now. The Atlantic Compassion Fund is a way to come together to support those who need it most,” said United Way of Halifax President & CEO Sara Napier. “Emera’s genuine and generous leadership to help will literally be put to use in days. We are so grateful, and we hope this transformational investment inspires others to join in by making donations of their own, and most importantly encourages all of us to believe we will get through this together.”
“We are so grateful for the ongoing generosity of Nova Scotia Power. The HEAT Fund helps thousands of Nova Scotians each year, and now, with this additional contribution, we’ll be able to help even more. Especially those who have been impacted financially due to COVID-19,” said Major Wade Budgell, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army.
As with all community investments made by Emera and its operating companies, this $1 million contribution comes from shareholder investments and not customer rates. For more information about the HEAT Fund, visit www.nspower.ca/heatfund. To learn more about the Atlantic Compassion Fund, go to https://www.unitedwayhalifax.ca/giving/united-by-compassion-fund.html.
Health and Wellness / COVID - 19
March 23, 2020 - 12:21 PM
As of today, March 23, Nova Scotia has 41 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Thirteen new cases were identified Sunday, March 22. The cases are travel-related or related to earlier reported cases. Several of the new cases are connected and involve groups or families who have returned to Nova Scotia following travel outside of Canada.
The 41 individuals affected range in age from under ten to mid-70’s. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. One individual remains in hospital. At this point, there has been no spread within communities.
Public health has been in contact with these individuals and are working to identify others who may have come in close contact with them. Those individuals are also being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.
The QEII Health Sciences Centre's microbiology lab is now certified to report positive and negative tests for COVID-19. Tests no longer have to be sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. To date, Nova Scotia has 2,308 negative test results and 41 confirmed cases.
Anyone who has travelled outside of Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days. 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 .
Today’s update will be livestreamed at 3 p.m. on https://novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast ,
At 3 p.m., Premier McNeil and Dr. Strang will provide an update on 13 new cases of #COVID19. As of March 23, Nova Scotia has 41 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Affected individuals range in age from under ten to mid-70’s. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province.
For more information https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/
Please visit https://www.facebook.com/cbcnews/videos/1088055788226628/ to watch the live update address from the Prime Minister.
There is currently no interruptions to waste collection. All waste will be collected as per your usual schedule.
For more collection details please visit https://www.municipalityofshelburne.ca/waste-collection.html.