Today, Sept. 16, Nova Scotia is reporting 34 new cases of COVID-19 and 20 recoveries.
Twenty-six of the cases are in Northern Zone. All are close contacts of previously reported cases.
There is a large cluster of linked cases in a defined, unvaccinated group in Northern Zone, and more cases are expected.
Seven cases are in Central Zone. Two are close contacts of previously reported cases. Five are under investigation.
There are signs of community spread among those in Central Zone aged 20 to 40 who are unvaccinated and participating in social activities.
One case is in Eastern Zone. It is related to travel.
As of today, Nova Scotia has 173 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, four people are in hospital COVID-19 units.
On Sept. 15, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 4,016 tests.
As of Sept. 15, 1,478,410 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 709,884 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.
Since April 1, there have been 4,552 positive COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 4,351 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.
Nova Scotians with or without symptoms can book a test at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en for primary assessment centres across the province. Those with no symptoms are encouraged to use one of the primary assessment centres with drop-in testing, pop-up sites or public health mobile units if they want to be tested.
More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is advised to self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test.
Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results, unless they are fully vaccinated. If they are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the exposure date, they do not need to self-isolate as long as they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. They should still get tested and should monitor for symptoms up to 14 days after the exposure date. If symptoms develop, they should get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.
Symptoms and self-assessment:
Nova Scotians should visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours they have had or are currently experiencing:
— cough (new or worsening)
Or two or more of the following symptoms:
— fever (chills, sweats)
— runny nose or nasal congestion
— sore throat
— shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
People should call 811 if they cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about their symptoms.
Anyone with symptoms should immediately self-isolate and book a test.