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Five New Presumptive Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

March 18, 2020 - 1:32 PM

As of today, Nova Scotia has three confirmed cases and nine presumptive cases of COVID-19.

Five new cases were identified Tuesday, March 17. Four of the cases are travel-related and one is connected to an earlier case.

The 12 individuals affected range in age from early 30’s to mid-70’s. They are all in self-isolation and recovering at home.

Public health has been in contact with these individuals and 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. They are located across the province. Northern Nova Scotia is the only region without a positive case of COVID-19 at this time.

The province is testing daily, working with our partners at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. To date, Nova Scotia has 1,141 negative test results, nine presumptive positive cases and three confirmed cases.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Canada must self-isolate for 14 days when they return to Nova Scotia. If you have been in close contact with someone who has travelled and are experiencing fever (above 38 C) and/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 , @nsgov Facebook and YouTube channels

Quick Facts:
-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
-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

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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Media Contact:
Heather Fairbairn
Cell: 902-717-2151
Email:

COVID-19 Assessment Centre - Roseway Hospital

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A COVID-19 Assessment Centre will open here at Roseway Hospital. The Assessment Centre is located in the visiting clinic corridor. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., seven days a week.

This is an area where members of the public can be seen and assessed separately from the emergency department. Members of the public will be directed to go to the assessment only after calling 811.

People can consult the 811 website for screening information, and then call 811 if they have travelled out of country and have a fever with a temperature of 38°C or higher, and/or cough. 811 will provide direction on what to do next. If there is a need for in-person assessment, 811 will refer to the COVID-19 assessment centre and they will be contacted for an appointment.

The opening of this Assessment Centre helps reinforce the important role Roseway Hospital plays in delivering health care services to residents in our community.

For up-to-date information, please visit http://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirus

Please refer to the below list of the NSHA services reduced or suspended as part of the COVIC-19 response.

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Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

This morning, our Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during these challenging times.

These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.

Information on the programs and instructions on how to access them can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html.

Municipal By -Election Set for April 4, 2020, Postponed

The Municipality of the District of Shelburne has made the decision to postpone the by-election for District 6, set for April 4, 2020, due to the escalating measures the Province is putting in place to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19). “As of March 19, 2020, the Province has stated that among other restrictions, gatherings are limited to 50 people or fewer. Going ahead with the by-election would put staff, candidates and the community as a whole at great risk. This is also unfair to the candidates as they would be challenged to run an effective campaign. Going door to door is part of campaigning and in today’s environment, this is simply not safe to do”, stated Warden Penny Smith.

District 6 includes the communities of West Green Harbour, East Green Harbour, Western Head.

The Municipality will continue to monitor the postponement of the by-election and will re-evaluate once Public Health officials advises that it is safe to proceed.

To keep up to date on the coronavirus, you are encouraged to visit
https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

Media Contact:
Trudy Payne
Chief Administrative Officer

News release

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

March 17, 2020 - 4:56 PM

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:

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Changes to Blood Collection clinics and services

FOR 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.

March 17, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADDITIONAL MUNCIPAL 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. Click here for the Municipality of Shelburne’s press release.

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 continually visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus for up to date information.

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