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Two UK variants and five South African variants identified; one new COVID-19 case reported Tuesday

This brings the total number of cases of the UK variant in Nova Scotia to eight and South African variant to six
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NEWS RELEASE
COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS
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One new case of COVID-19 is being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 2.

The case is in Northern Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

Unrelated to the case being announced today, two more cases of the UK variant, formally called B.1.1.7, and five more cases of the South African variant, formally called 501.V2 have been identified by the National Microbiology Lab among Nova Scotia residents.

Two cases with the UK variant are in Western Zone and Central Zone and are connected to a previously reported UK variant. The people were tested late last month. One case is resolved, the other case is self-isolating.

Five cases in the Central Zone have been identified with the South African variant. One case is related to travel and the other four cases are household contacts of the traveller. The case related to travel is now considered resolved, the other four cases remain in self-isolation.

This brings the total number of cases of the UK variant in Nova Scotia to eight and South African variant to six.

As of today, March 2, Nova Scotia has 29 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority's labs completed 5,146 Nova Scotia tests on March 1.

As of March 1, 33,471 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 12,891 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 220,085 tests. There have been 554 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Four people are currently in hospital. Of those, two are in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. There are 525 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.novascotia.ca/ , by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

-- fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)
Or:

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
-- sore throat
-- runny nose/nasal congestion
-- headache
-- 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 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/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:
-- additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/
-- a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to March 7, 2021
-- online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/

Additional Resources:
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/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

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