15 new COVID-19 cases (Dec 4)

As of today, Dec. 4, Nova Scotia has 117 active cases of COVID-19. Fifteen new cases were identified Thursday, Dec. 3. 

Eleven of the new cases are in Central Zone, including the case connected to Citadel High School, in Halifax, that was reported yesterday afternoon. Three cases are in Northern Zone and are close contacts of previously reported cases. The other case is in Western Zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada.

There is also a new case, identified today, at Park West School, a primary to Grade 9 school in Central Zone.

The person was not in school today and is self-isolating. The school will remain closed to students until Thursday, Dec. 10. A deep cleaning will take place, and students will learn from home during the closure. As a precautionary measure, the offsite Park West pre-primary location will also be closed until Dec. 10. 

Students and families of both the school and pre-primary will receive an update Wednesday, December 9.

As with any positive case, public health will be in touch with any close contacts of this case and advise of next steps. Everyone who is a close contact will be notified, tested and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,623 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 3.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 73,254 tests. There have been 269 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. One hundred and fifty-two cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

We will now be reporting the total number of completed tests, rather than the number of negative tests. The total number of completed tests includes both positive and negative tests. This is not the number of individuals that have been tested, but rather the number of completed tests. If a person has been tested for COVID-19 four times, their four tests will be included in the total number of completed tests.

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) 

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.

Source: Release #notw

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