NS Gov Updates

Update - March 31

Included below is a news release recently issued by the province outlining the details of 20 new COVID-19 cases. As reported yesterday, public health has concluded that one case is the result of transmission within the community. To date, four staff and two residents of long-term care facilities have tested positive for COVID-19. Appropriate infection prevention and control measures are in place for both residents and staff. As of today, March 31, Nova Scotia has 147 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The news release is also available in French at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200331002.

 

Premier Stephen McNeil and chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang will provide an update today at about 3 p.m.

 

This update will be livestreamed on https://novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast.

 

A recording of the news conference will be available shortly after it concludes on the NS Gov Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/nsgov

 

We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government social media channels. Follow them @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and https://www.facebook.com/NovaScotiaHealthAndWellness/ and https://www.facebook.com/nsgov/ on Facebook.

 

 

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COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS--Twenty New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

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As of today, March 31, Nova Scotia has 147 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

 

Twenty new cases were identified Monday, March 30. Most cases are connected to travel or a known case. As reported yesterday, public health has concluded that one case is the result of transmission within the community. To date, four staff and two residents of long-term care facilities have tested positive for COVID-19. Appropriate infection prevention and control measures are in place for both residents and staff.

 

It is now more important than ever for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health orders and directives - practise good hygiene, maintain a physical distance of two metres or six feet from others, limit essential gatherings to no more than five people and stay at home as much as possible.

 

The individuals affected range in age from under ten to over 80. Four individuals are currently in hospital. Ten individuals have now recovered and their cases of COVID-19 are considered resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province.

 

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.

 

Anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days. 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.

 

To date, Nova Scotia has 5,763 negative test results and 147 confirmed cases.

 

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

-- 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

-- a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and remains in effect until noon, April 5

 

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

 

Government of Canada toll-free information line 1-833-784-4397

 

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).

 

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free).

 

Update - March 30

Included below is a news release recently issued by the province outlining the details of 5 new COVID-19 cases. While most cases to date have been connected to travel or a known case, public health has now reached a point with one of its current investigations where no such links can be made and must conclude that this case is the result of transmission within the community. As of today, March 30, Nova Scotia has 127 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The news release is also available in French at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200330002.

 

Premier Stephen McNeil and chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang will provide an update today at about 3 p.m.

 

This update will be livestreamed on https://novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast.

 

A recording of the news conference will be available shortly after it concludes on the NS Gov Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/nsgov

 

We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government social media channels. Follow them @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and https://www.facebook.com/NovaScotiaHealthAndWellness/ and https://www.facebook.com/nsgov/ on Facebook.

 

 

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COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS--Five New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

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As of today, March 30, Nova Scotia has 127 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

 

Five new cases were identified yesterday, after more than 600 tests were processed. While most cases to date have been connected to travel or a known case, public health has now reached a point with one of its current investigations where no such links can be made and must conclude that this case is the result of transmission within the community.

 

While this is not unexpected, it is now more important than ever for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health orders and directives - practise good hygiene, maintain a physical distance of two metres or six feet from others, limit essential gatherings to no more than five people and stay at home as much as possible.

 

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

 

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.

 

Anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days. 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.

 

To date, Nova Scotia has 5,054 negative test results and 127 confirmed cases.

 

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

-- 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

-- a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and remains in effect until noon, April 5

-- under the state of emergency government can control or prohibit assembly as well as travel to and from areas. It can also coordinate commerce activity and emergency responders

-- a new virus like COVID-19 can cause fear. Nova Scotians are encouraged to support each other and use technology to stay connected

 

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

 

Government of Canada toll-free information line 1-833-784-4397

 

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).

 

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free).

Update - March 29

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, will provide an update today at about 12:30 p.m.

This update will be livestreamed on https://novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast.

A recording of the news conference will be available shortly after it concludes on the NS Gov Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/nsgov.

We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government social media channels. Follow them @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and https://www.facebook.com/NovaScotiaHealthAndWellness/ and https://www.facebook.com/nsgov/ on Facebook.

NEWS RELEASE

 

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS--Twelve New Cases of COVID-19

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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 .

 

Quick Facts:

-- testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

-- 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

-- a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and remains in effect until noon, April 5

-- under the state of emergency government can control or prohibit assembly as well as travel to and from areas. It can also coordinate commerce activity and emergency responders

-- a new virus like COVID-19 can cause fear. Nova Scotians are encouraged to support each other and use technology to stay connected

 

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

 

Government of Canada toll-free information line 1-833-784-4397

 

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)

 

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

Update - March 28

Included below is a news release recently issued by the province outlining the details of 20 new COVID-19 cases; most are travel-related or connected to earlier cases. At this point, public health cannot confirm community spread as several cases are still under investigation. As of today, March 28, Nova Scotia has 110 cases of COVID-19. The news release is also available in French at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200328003.

We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government social media channels. Follow them @nsheath and @nsgov on Twitter and https://www.facebook.com/NovaScotiaHealthAndWellness/ and https://www.facebook.com/nsgov/ on Facebook.

NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS--Twenty New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

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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 .

 

Additional Quotes:

"The health and safety of our residents and staff are our top priority and with the increased risks of COVID-19 on our resident population, we have been taking measures to protect them. Once we were notified of a case within our staff, we reacted quickly to take the appropriate steps to further protect, test and monitor our residents and support several of our staff to self-isolate and protect themselves from the potential risk. We will continue to be diligent through these uncertain times."

     -- Michelle Thompson, CEO, R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home

 

"While this has been an unsettling day for the residents, families and team members at Lewis Hall, we have been preparing our teams for this circumstance for some time. We took early and concrete steps to implement our pandemic plan, including strict employee screening measures, visitor restrictions, and reinforcing our infection prevention and control practices. Today, we moved quickly in collaboration with Public Health to notify residents, families and team members, and have taken additional appropriate precautions when interacting with residents."

     -- Jason Shannon, President and COO, Shannex

 

Quick Facts:

-- testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

-- 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

-- a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and remains in effect until noon, April 5

-- under the state of emergency government can control or prohibit assembly as well as travel to and from areas. It can also coordinate commerce activity and emergency responders

-- a new virus like COVID-19 can cause fear. Nova Scotians are encouraged to support each other and use technology to stay connected

 

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

 

Government of Canada toll-free information line 1-833-784-4397

 

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)

 

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

 

 

Update - March 27

Premier Stephen McNeil and chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang provided an update earlier today, March 27, on efforts to help Nova Scotians dealing with COVID-19. A recording of the news conference is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6smk2RERV4.

 

Highlights of measures announced today are outlined below:

-          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

 

The full news release is available at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200327004 and in French at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200327005.

 

To date, Nova Scotia has 3,649 negative test results and 90 confirmed cases. The news release is available at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200327003 and in French at https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200327002.

 

We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government social media channels. Follow them @nsheath and @nsgov on Twitter and https://www.facebook.com/NovaScotiaHealthAndWellness/ and https://www.facebook.com/nsgov/ on Facebook.

Update - March 26

March 26, 2020   6:15 PM

 

Premier Stephen McNeil, chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang, NSHA president and CEO Dr. Brendan Carr, and IWK Health Centre president and CEO Dr. Krista Jangaard provided an update earlier today, March 26, on the health system and efforts to help Nova Scotians dealing with COVID-19.

 

A recording of the news conference is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBBv0KvCmcc. A short audio recap from Dr. Strang is available at https://anchor.fm/nsgov .

 

Details of measures announced today are outlined below:

 

Testing to confirm COVID-19 is being expanded to include:

-- anyone referred by 811 to an assessment centre

-- all close contacts of people who test positive

-- people in hospital that meet the criteria for testing

 

An alternate phone line has been set up to ensure health-care workers are virus-free, able to safely provide care and not burden the 811 system. The service deals with NSHA and IWK staff, home-care and long-term care providers, pharmacists and health providers in First Nations communities.

 

Other measures include:

-- reservations for the 2020 camping season are on hold; an announcement will made when they are available

-- open fires are banned for any purpose in woods or within 305 metres of woods in any part of the province and will be in effect until May 15 (the public can report wildfires by calling 911 in an emergency or by calling 1-800-565-2224)

 

The full news release is available at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200326003 and in French at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200326004.

 

To date, Nova Scotia has 3,201 negative test results and 73 confirmed cases. The news release is available at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200326002 and in French at https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200326001.

 

 

We also ask for your support on social media by sharing accurate information from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government social media channels. Follow them @nsheath and @nsgov on Twitter and https://www.facebook.com/NovaScotiaHealthAndWellness/ and https://www.facebook.com/nsgov/ on Facebook.

 

Should you not wish to receive these updates, please contact us at covid19info@novascotia.ca to be removed from the distribution list. 

 

Thank you for your interest and support.

 

 

Update – March 23

Included below is a news release recently issued by the province outlining the details of 13 new COVID-19 cases. As of today, March 23, Nova Scotia has 41 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The news release is also available in French at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200323002

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, will provide an update today, March 23, at 3 p.m.

This update will be livestreamed on https://novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast .

A recording of the news conference will be available shortly after it concludes on the NS Gov Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/nsgov


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COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS--13 New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

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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 , @nsgov Facebook and YouTube channels.

Quick Facts:

-- testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

-- 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

-- a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and remains in effect until noon, April 5

-- under the state of emergency government can control or prohibit assembly as well as travel to and from areas. It can also coordinate commerce activity and emergency responders

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

State of Emergency Declaration: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/Declaration-of-Provincial-State-of-Emergency-by-Minister-Porter-Signed-March-22-2020.pdf

Update – March 21

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COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS--Six New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

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As of today, March 21, Nova Scotia has nine confirmed cases and 12 presumptive cases of COVID-19, for a total of 21.

Six new cases were identified Friday, March 20. All are travel-related. The original hospitalized case has been released and is recovering at home. One of the other confirmed cases is hospitalized.

The cases are located across the province. The 21 individuals affected range in age from late-teens to mid-70's.

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.

"This is an unprecedented time for all of us and I want to thank Nova Scotians for their cooperation given the disruption to all of our daily lives," said Premier Stephen McNeil. "If we follow public health advice, support our neighbors, friends and family, and do our part, we will slow the spread of this virus in our province."


 The province is testing daily, working with partners at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. To date, Nova Scotia has 1,826 negative test results, 12 presumptive positive cases and nine confirmed cases.

"This is just the beginning for Nova Scotia and we all need to stay vigilant, practise good hygiene and social distancing, and self-isolate for 14 days if you have travelled outside Canada or are feeling unwell," said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health. "The prevention measures we've put in place can work and there is still time for our actions to influence the impact that COVID-19 has on Nova Scotia."

As of today, dentists can no longer practice dentistry in their offices unless they deem it necessary to perform an emergency dental procedure in the best interest of the patient's health. This is an order under the Health Protection Act.

In addition to prevention measures put in place by government and the chief medical officer of health, the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre have taken steps to ensure the health system is ready to respond to COVID-19, including:

-- making changes to non-essential services so staff are available to focus on COVID-19 and essential services, such as cancer care

-- providing options for virtual care and telehealth care so doctors and other health-care providers can reduce face-to-face visits but also help patients regardless of where they are

-- restricting visitors to protect the vulnerable patients in our hospitals

-- providing support to public health as they give advice on measures to slow down the spread of the virus

-- ensuring facilities are well-prepared to meet the health-care needs of Nova Scotians during a pandemic

-- opening new assessment centres to meet the need for assessments (there are now 14 centres around the province)

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 .

Quotes:

"Our teams are working very hard to maintain essential services and deliver safe and supportive care in a challenging environment. The difficult decisions that we've made to reduce services and limit access to our facilities will help ensure we can continue to provide the most urgently needed care and create capacity in the system for Nova Scotians needing care related to COVID-19, while protecting the health and wellness of our staff and physicians."

     - Dr. Brendan Carr, president and CEO, Nova Scotia Health Authority

"We had to reduce the number of people who enter the health centre, which was a difficult decision for us to make as we pride ourselves on being patient and family centred. This decision and others are important as we decrease foot traffic and support social distancing in facilities, like the IWK, to keep patients, their families and our staff safe."

     - Dr. Krista Jangaard, president and CEO, IWK Health Centre

Quick Facts:

-- testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

-- 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 Health Authority: http://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirus

IWK: http://www.iwk.nshealth.ca/COVID-19

Update – March 20

Included below is a news release recently issued by the province outlining the details of one additional presumptive COVID-19 case. There are now 15 cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.

Premier Stephen McNeil, Minister of Business Geoff MacLellan, and chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang will provide an update at about 3 p.m.

This update will be livestreamed at https://novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast .

A recording of the news conference will be available shortly after it concludes on the NS Gov Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/nsgov


 

NEWS RELEASE:

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS--One New Presumptive Case of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

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As of today, Nova Scotia has five confirmed cases and ten presumptive cases of COVID-19, for a total of 15.

One new case was identified Thursday, March 19. It is travel-related.

The cases are located across the province. The 15 individuals affected range in age from mid-20's to mid-70's.

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 province is testing daily, working with partners at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. To date, Nova Scotia has 1,546 negative test results, ten presumptive positive cases and five 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/

Details of measures announced to help Nova Scotians and Nova Scotia businesses dealing with COVID-19 are outlined below:

Effective immediately, government will invest $161 million to address cash flow and access to credit for small and medium-sized businesses in Nova Scotia.

Government will defer payments until June 30 for:

-- all government loans, including those under the Farm Loan Board, Fisheries and Aquaculture Loan Board, Jobs Fund, Nova Scotia Business Fund, Municipal Finance Corp. and Housing Nova Scotia.

-- small business fees, including business renewal fees and workers compensation premiums (a list of fees will be posted online early next week)

Changes to the Small Business Loan Guarantee Program, administered through credit unions, include:

-- deferring principal and interest payments until June 30

-- enhancing the program to make it easier for businesses to access credit up to $500,000

-- those who might not qualify for a loan, government will guarantee the first $100,000

Further measures include:

-- small businesses which do business with the government will be paid within five days instead of the standard 30 days

-- suspending payments on Nova Scotia student loans for six months, from March 30 to Sept. 30 and students do not have to apply

-- ensuring more Nova Scotians can access the internet to work from home, by providing $15 million as an incentive to providers to speed up projects under the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative and complete them as soon as possible

 

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

-- 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

Update – March 19

Late this afternoon, government shared the release below with media. As of today, March 19, Nova Scotia has five confirmed cases and nine presumptive cases of COVID-19, for a total of 14. Two new cases were identified Wednesday, March 18. Both are travel-related. The cases are located across the province. Northern Nova Scotia remains the only region without a positive case of COVID-19 at this time. The 14 individuals affected range in age from early 30's to mid-70's.

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 province is testing daily, working with our partners at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. To date, Nova Scotia has 1,373 negative test results, nine presumptive positive cases and five confirmed cases.

A recording of the news conference is available on the NS Gov Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/nsgov.  


 

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS/COMMUNITY/SERVICES/SENIORS--Measures to Help Vulnerable Nova Scotians

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Premier Stephen McNeil, Community Services Minister Kelly Regan and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, announced today, March 19, measures to help vulnerable Nova Scotians and to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the province.

Measures announced today to help vulnerable Nova Scotians include:

-- investing $2.2 million so that every individual and family member on income assistance will receive an additional $50 starting Friday, March 20, to help pay for food, cleaning supplies and personal care items. People do not need to apply.

-- $1 million to help Feed Nova Scotia purchase food and hire more staff

-- no tenant can be evicted because their income has been impacted by COVID-19, effective immediately for the next three months

-- emergency funding of $230,000 for Senior Safety Programs and Community Links to help vulnerable older adults

-- university students from Nova Scotia who are still living in residences need to go home, to provide space for social distancing for those students from outside the province who are not able to travel

As announced yesterday, personal service and fitness establishments such as hair salons, barber shops, spas, nail salons, body art establishments and gyms must shut down by midnight tonight

The Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) said today there was a case of low-risk public exposure to COVID-19 at two Halifax locations March 5 - 7. People who attended a high school basketball tournament at Halifax Grammar School gymnasium and the Homburg Athletic Centre gymnasium at Saint Mary's University should closely monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms. More information at http://www.nshealth.ca/news/nsha-advising-potential-covid-19-exposure-two-halifax-locations

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 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 .

Quick Facts:

-- testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

-- 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:

Nova Scotia Health Authority: https://www.nshealth.ca

IWK Health Centre: http://www.iwk.nshealth.ca/

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

 

Update – March 18

Premier Stephen McNeil, chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang, and Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey will provide an update today, March 18, at about 3 p.m.

This update will be livestreamed at https://novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast .

A recording of the news conference will be available shortly after it concludes on the NS Gov Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/nsgov

NEWS RELEASE:

HEALTH/WELLNESS--Five New Presumptive Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

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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.

Details of additional measures announced to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 and increase capacity within the health system to respond are outlined below: 

Effective immediately:

-- doctors and pharmacists have new options for virtual care, using telephone and secure videoconferencing

-- pharmacists can renew prescriptions for most medications and government will cover the assessment fee

-- employers cannot require a doctor's note if an employee must be off work 

-- College of Physicians and Surgeons waiving the fee for retired doctors to renew their licences so they can come back to work

-- retired and other nurses are being brought into the system to assist with 811 staffing 

-- all service providers funded through the Department of Community Services' Disability Support Program - including social enterprises, day programs, and supported employment programs for adults with diverse abilities - will close to participants and the public

Effective midnight, Thursday, March 19:

-- personal service and fitness establishments such as hair salons, barber shops, spas, nail salons, body art establishments and gyms must shut down

The full news release is available at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200318004 and in French at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200318005

NSHA and IWK have further restricted visitors and instituted other measures like online mental health supports and more assessment centres. More information is available at the links below:

NSHA Operational Update

IWK Health Centre to Issue a “No Visitors” Policy

A number of new resources have been developed for businesses and individuals, including:

Prevent the spread of COVID-19 (printable poster) - https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/COVID-19-Prevention-EN.pdf 

Information on how to self-isolate (fact sheet) - https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/Self-Isolation-Information-for-Travellers-EN.pdf 

Information on social distancing (fact sheet) - https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/Social-Distancing-EN.pdf 

These materials are also available in French: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/fr/

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

Update – March 17

NEWS RELEASE:

HEALTH/WELLNESS--New Presumptive Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

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Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health has announced two new presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of positives in the province to seven.


 

As of today, March 17, Nova Scotia has 934 negative test results, six presumptive positive cases and one confirmed case

The two new presumptive cases are travel-related and connected to earlier cases.

One of the initial three presumptive positive cases have now been confirmed by the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

The affected individuals are 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.

Details of additional measures announced to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia are outlined in the following news releases recently issued by the province, NSHA and IWK:

 

1. Province’s Bars to Close, Restaurants Limited to Take-out, Delivery as of Thursday; Gatherings Limited to 50 or Fewer Effective Immediately – March 17, 2020 

Effectively immediately, there are to be no gatherings of more than 50 people.

The measures below come into effect at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, March 19:

-- restaurants are restricted to take-out and delivery only and no in-person dining 

-- drinking establishments, winery and distillery tasting rooms and craft taprooms must close

-- private liquor stores can continue to operate and craft breweries, wineries and distilleries can continue to sell their product from their storefronts 

https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200317005

 

2. Closure of Access Nova Scotia and Registry of Motor Vehicle Offices, Deadline Extension – March 17, 2020 

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.

https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200317003

 

Fermeture des centres Accès Nouvelle-Écosse et des Bureaux des véhicules automobiles, report des dates d'expiration

https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200317004

 

3. Many NSHA services reduced or suspended as part of COVID-19 response - March 17, 2020 

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 as well as to conserve and redeploy our resources in anticipation of increasing demand related to the pandemic.

http://www.nshealth.ca/news/many-nsha-services-reduced-or-suspended-part-covid-19-response

 

4. IWK Health Centre to suspend all non-urgent services - effective March 18th - March 17, 2020

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the IWK Health Centre will be suspending all non-urgent services effective tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Dr. Krista Jangaard, IWK President & CEO, announced today.

http://www.iwk.nshealth.ca/childrens-health/news

 

5. NSLC to reduce hours: 

https://www.mynslc.com/en/About-NSLC/Media-Centre/News-Releases/NSLC-Adjusts-Store-Hours-Due-To-COVID-19

 

Anyone who has travelled outside of Canada or has been in close contact with someone who has travelled and are experiencing fever (above 38 C) and/or new cough 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 .

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

Update – March 16

NEWS RELEASE:

HEALTH/WELLNESS--Two New Presumptive Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

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Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health has announced two new presumptive cases of COVID-19 bringing the total number of presumptive positives in the province to five.


The two cases are in Halifax Regional Municipality and are related. The case details include:

-- a male and female, both in their 50's, were in close contact with individuals who had recently travelled outside the country

-- two other individuals in the household are now in self-isolation and being tested

The affected individuals are 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.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Canada or has been in close contact with someone who has travelled and are experiencing fever (above 38 C) and/or new cough 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 .

Quick Facts:

-- as of March 16, Nova Scotia has completed 676 tests for COVID-19, with 671 negative results and five presumptive positive cases. 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

A recording of the news conference will be available shortly after it concludes on the NS Gov Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/nsgov

 

Update – March 15

NEWS RELEASE:

HEALTH/WELLNESS--First Presumptive Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia; New Prevention Measures

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Nova Scotia announced the province's first three presumptive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), today, March 15. The province is also taking further measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The cases are not connected and are travel related. The individuals followed all the proper procedures when they started to feel unwell.


 "My thoughts are with the individuals affected and I wish them a speedy and thorough recovery. Now, more than ever, all Nova Scotians must follow public health direction - that's how we will reduce the spread of this virus in our province," said Premier Stephen McNeil. "We need to work together to protect our most vulnerable."

Two individuals are in the Halifax Regional Municipality and one is in Kings County. All three are managing their symptoms at home in self-isolation. Details include:

-- a female in her 60's, who returned to Halifax from Australia on March 8.

-- a male in his late 50's, who recently attended a conference in California and returned to Halifax on March 13.

-- a male in his 30's, who returned to Halifax on March 10 following travel throughout Europe.     

Public health has been in contact with these individuals and those who have come in close contact with them are also being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Additional prevention measures for Nova Scotians are in effect immediately under the authority of the Health Protection Act and include:

--long-term care facilities closed to visitors effectively immediately

-- public schools closed for two weeks following March Break (weeks of March 23 and March 30) and then will be reassessed

-- regulated child care centres closed March 17 to April 3 and then will be reassessed

-- March break camps cancelled

-- casinos in Halifax and Sydney are closed as of 12 am March 16 and bar owners can no longer operating VLTs

-- anyone who travelled outside of Canada must self-isolate even if symptom-free

-- organizations and businesses must practise social distancing of two metres or six feet and keep gatherings below 150 or much smaller if possible. This applies to restaurants, bars, movie theatres and other gathering spots

Starting Monday, March 16, public health inspectors will be onsite at the Halifax International Airport and the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. Work is ongoing with federal partners responsible for border security to strengthen the screening process. As well, both airports now have information on digital screens in all areas frequented by travellers.

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

Quick Facts:

-- as of March 15, Nova Scotia has completed 418 tests for COVID-19, with 415 negative results and 3 presumptive positive cases. 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.

-- anyone who has travelled outside of Canada or has been in close contact with someone who has and are experiencing fever (above 38C) or cough should complete the online questionnaire to see whether you need to call 811. The online questionnaire can be found at: 811.novascotia.ca

-- 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 --the public school system will be investigating virtual schools focused on essential curriculum to ensure Grade 12 students can graduate

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