Nova Scotia is reporting seven new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, as well as two recoveries, as the number of active cases in the province rises to 24.
Five cases were identified in the central region and are related to travel. Health officials say three of these cases are from earlier this year and were identified during a review of Panorama data.
One new case was identified in the western region and it is related to travel.
One new case was identified in the Eastern region and it is a close contact of the already reported case.
Public Health says it is closely monitoring all four health zones for community spread.
The Nova Scotia lab processed 3,888 tests on Wednesday, and has processed a total of 1,063,213 since the start of the pandemic.
There have been 5,918 cumulative COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia. Of them, 5,801 people have been cured and 93 have died due to COVID-19.
At present one person is in ICU in the hospital.
Since April 1, there have been 4,176 positive COVID-19 cases and 27 deaths. Of the new cases reported since April 1, 4,125 are now believed to be resolved.
Cases have been confirmed throughout the province, but most have been identified in the central region, which includes the Halifax Regional Municipality.
The provincial government says the cumulative cases may change by region as data is updated in Panorama, the province’s electronic information system.
The numbers indicate where a person lives and not where their sample was collected.
- Western Region: 298 cases (4 active cases)
- Central Zone: 4,691 cases (18 active cases)
- Northern Zone: 303 cases (1 active case)
- Eastern Region: 626 cases (1 active case)
The provincial state of emergency, which was first declared on March 22, 2020, has been extended to August 22, 2021.
The province’s COVID-19 online dashboard provides an update on the number of vaccines that have been administered to date.
As of Thursday, 1,403,617 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given, with about 76.8 percent of the province’s total population receiving at least one dose. Of these, 657,205 (67.7 percent) Nova Scotians have received their second dose.
The province says it has received a total of 1,613,210 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since December 15.
All Nova Scotians are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they are eligible. COVID-19 vaccination appointments can be made online or by phone at 1-833-797-7772.
More walk-in test options
Nova Scotia Health is introducing several new walk-in testing centers and mobile units throughout the province.
Public Health said in a release that the test is open to anyone and could be a convenient option for out-of-province visitors to Nova Scotia.
The list of locations offering walk-in PCR COVID-19 testing, in addition to testing by appointment, can be accessed on the health authority’s website. Rapid tests will not be offered at these locations.
The test is available for all ages who have symptoms, no symptoms (asymptomatic), have traveled to or visited a potential risk site and have been in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case.
Public health is strongly encouraging Nova Scotians to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, especially if they have had many social contacts even with their own social circle.
COVID-19 tests can be booked through the province’s online self-assessment COVID-19 tool or by calling 811.
People can also visit one of Nova Scotia’s rapid pop-up testing sites that continues to operate throughout the province.
Thursday, August 12:
- Alderney Gate Building (60 Alderney Dr., Dartmouth) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Halifax Convention Center (1650 Argyle St, Halifax) from noon to 7 p.m.
- Making Waves Concert – Steelman Memorial Field (416 Stable Drive, Sydney) 6pm-9pm
- Dartmouth Summer Sunshine Concert Series (94 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth) 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Halifax Pride Festival, 5565 Sackville St., Halifax) 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Chester Middle Area School (204 Duke St., Chester) 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 Coal Harbor (703 Main St., Cole Dartmouth), 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Centennial Arena (27 Vimy Ave., Halifax) 3 pm to 8 pm
covid alert app
Canada’s COVID-19 Alert App is available in Nova Scotia.
The app, which can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or Google Play, notifies users if they may have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
list of symptoms
Anyone who experiences a fever or new or worsening cough, or two or more of the following new or worsening symptoms, is encouraged to take the test online or call 811 to determine if they have: Testing for COVID-19 requires:
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
- runny nose / nasal congestion