Nine new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, April 20.
Six cases are in Central Zone. Five are close contacts of previously reported cases and the other case is under investigation.
Two cases are in Western Zone and are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada.
One case is in Eastern Zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada.
The people are self-isolating, as required.
Unrelated to today's cases, two UK variant cases have been identified. These were previously reported cases and were related to travel.
There have been 65 cases of the UK variant, 12 cases of the South African variant, and one case of the Brazil variant identified in Nova Scotia.
As of today, Nova Scotia has 68 active cases of COVID-19.
Nova Scotia Health Authority's labs completed 2,723 Nova Scotia tests on April 19.
As of April 19, 216,018 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 32,877 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.
Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 347,917 tests. There have been 742 positive COVID-19 cases and two deaths. Two people are in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 672 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.
Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.
-- fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)
Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
-- sore throat
-- runny nose/nasal congestion
-- shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.
When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.
Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.
It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives - practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavi
Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopenin
-- additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavi
-- a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to May 2, 2021
-- online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.
Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus
Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)
The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)
If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)
For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)
For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavi