One death, 64 new COVID-19 cases (May 22 2021)

Today, May 22, Nova Scotia is reporting one death related to COVID-19. A woman in her 60s has died in Central Zone.

There have now been 77 COVID-19 related deaths in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia is also reporting 64 new cases of COVID-19 and 116 recoveries.

There are 46 cases in Central Zone, 10 in Eastern Zone, seven in Northern Zone and one in Western Zone. 

“On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I want to offer sincere condolences to the family mourning the loss of their loved one today,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Our active cases may be declining but COVID-19 is still in our province and continues to have devastating impacts on families.”

There is community spread in Central Zone and in Sydney. Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread. There are some areas of concern, particularly in Bridgewater, New Minas and Kentville. Testing has been increased in these areas.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 975 active cases of COVID-19. There are 74 people in hospital, including 20 in ICU. The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 55 for non-ICU, and 59 for people in ICU.

On May 21, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 8,588 tests.

The province also marks another vaccine milestone today, administering the 500,000 dose. Zach Churchill, Minister of Health and Wellness visited City Drug Store in Yarmouth to celebrate the milestone. Two-thirds of vaccinations now occur in pharmacies. To date, more than 45 per cent of Nova Scotians have received at least one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The province is on track to provide a first dose to every Nova Scotian who is able to receive one by the end of June.

“It is difficult to hear that another family has suffered the loss of a loved one today,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “This is one of the sad days, and it reminds us how serious this virus is. But, as we mark another vaccine milestone, I feel encouraged by the choice Nova Scotians are making to help protect each other.”

Since April 1, there have been 3,471 positive COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 2,485 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Travel within Nova Scotia:
Nova Scotians should remain as close to their home and community as possible, unless travel is essential for work, caregiving, necessary shopping or medical appointments, including vaccination appointments. In this instance, ‘community’ is defined as one’s municipality or county. Detailed information is available at .

Testing advice:
Nova Scotians with or without symptoms can book a test at for primary assessment centres across the province. Those with no symptoms are strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites if they want to be tested.

More information on testing can be found at .

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is advised to self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test. Everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results. If the close contact is symptomatic, everyone they live with must also self-isolate until the person receives their first negative test result. If the test is positive, public health will advise everyone about what to do.

Symptoms and self-assessment:
Nova Scotians should visit to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours they have had or 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

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.

Quick Facts:
— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020, and extended to May 30, 2021
— due to an increased number of investigations, 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 COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at:

More information on testing for the Sydney, Bridgwater and Annapolis Valley areas can be found at:

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at:

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at:

More information about public health text notifications of positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts is available here:

More information on what is considered essential travel is available here:

Government of Canada:  or 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)

Anyone needing help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern can 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)

Source: Release #notw

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