As of today, Jan. 13, Nova Scotia has 30 active cases of COVID-19. Eight new cases are being reported today.
Three of the cases are in Northern Zone and are close contacts of previously reported cases.
Two of the cases are in Eastern Zone and are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required. One of the cases is a student at Cape Breton University in Sydney who lives off campus. The other case is a student at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish who lives off campus.
Three of the cases are in Central Zone and are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required. One of the cases is a student at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax who lives on campus.
“We are seeing the importance of self-isolation and asymptomatic testing, and I want to thank returning university students for following the protocols,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We will keep our case numbers low and protect each other if we all continue following the public health measures.”
Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,847 Nova Scotia tests on Jan. 12.
Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 133,428 tests. There have been 453 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Four hundred and twenty-three cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.
“Thank you to the post-secondary students who have returned to Nova Scotia and are doing their part by self-isolating for the full 14 days,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Like all Nova Scotians, students have an opportunity to take advantage of free COVID-19 testing, which can be booked online. So far, we have identified eight cases among post-secondary students, all of whom were strictly adhering to the public health measures that are in place to keep our communities safe.”
Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day six, seven or eight of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.
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