182 COVID-19 cases (May 6 2021)

Nova Scotia is reporting 182 new cases of COVID-19 today, May 6.

There are 155 cases in Central Zone, 16 in Eastern Zone, seven in Northern Zone and four in Western Zone.

Two of the cases in Central Zone involve a staff member and resident of the Clarmar Residential Care Facility, a residential care home in Dartmouth. This is the third staff member and third resident at the facility to test positive.

There is community spread in Central Zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

“The third wave is driven by variants and they spread faster and easier,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “We are at a crucial point in the pandemic. Please stay close to home, don’t gather, and make getting tested for COVID-19 part of your regular routine.”

As reported April 30, due to the volume of testing in the province, there was a backlog at the Nova Scotia Health Authority lab and in public health’s case data entry into Panorama. The backlog at the lab has been resolved. The lab is now processing tests within 48 to 72 hours. Public health also continues to work through the backlog in data entry into Panorama and contacting new cases, which is expected to be resolved in the coming days.

Given high testing volumes, it may take Nova Scotians up to five to seven days to learn test results via the 1-844 COVID-19 test results phone line. People tested due to a potential exposure, because they have symptoms, or were advised by public health to self-isolate until receiving test results, should continue to self-isolate until they receive a negative result. Close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases and those who were present at high-risk exposure locations are required to self-isolate for a full 14 days, regardless of test result.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,309 active cases of COVID-19. There are 45 people in hospital, including nine in ICU.

On May 5, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 7,733 tests.

As of May 5, 347,283 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 37,346 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

“We continue to see high case numbers but regardless of the numbers, COVID-19 is here and it’s widespread in the Halifax area,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “The restrictions in place are critical and we all need to follow them if we’re going to get this outbreak under control. They are difficult, but absolutely necessary.”

Since April 1, there have been 1,622 positive COVID-19 cases and three deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 310 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Nova Scotia is currently under stronger restrictions to protect public health. In an effort to stop the spread of the virus, Nova Scotians are required to remain in their own communities except for essential travel for work, necessary shopping and medical appointments including vaccination appointments. In this instance ‘community’ is defined as one’s municipality or county. Nova Scotians should remain as close to home as possible. Detailed information is available at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites if they are not showing symptoms but want to be tested. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province. More information on testing can be found at: https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing has reopened at the primary assessment centres across the province. To book an appointment, visit: https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en

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 mild symptoms, including:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (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 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 instances. Information is at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/masks/ .

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 May 16, 2021
— due to an increased number of investigations in recent days, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not available by release time. A breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly.

Additional Resources:
More information on what is considered essential travel is available here: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/travel/#from-outside-atlantic-canada

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/

Source: Release #notw

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