Two new COVID-19 cases, Additional Variant Cases Identified

Two new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 16.

The cases are in Central Zone. One of the cases is a close contact of a previously reported case. The other case is under investigation.

The National Microbiology Lab confirmed four new variant cases – two more cases of the UK variant and two more cases of the South African variant.

This brings the total number of cases of the UK variant in Nova Scotia to 13 and the South African variant to 10.

One of the UK variants is in Central Zone and the other is in Western Zone. Both are directly linked to international travel. The two South African variants are in Central Zone and are linked to previously reported variant cases.

At this time, there is no sign of community spread from the variant cases.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 17 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,646 Nova Scotia tests on March 15.

As of March 15, 50,144 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 16,650 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 268,262 tests. There have been 583 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Two people are currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 80. There are 566 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be booked at , by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at .

Source: Release

Potential COVID-19 exposure (Reported Mar 15 2021) (IKEA)

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