News release

Update on COVID-19

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, gave an update today, April 9, on efforts related to COVID-19.

Measures announced today include:

  • applications for the $40 million Worker Emergency Bridge Fund and Small Business Impact Grant will be available and accepted starting Friday, April 10. Applications for small business will be online at 8 a.m. A toll-free phone line for applications for the worker fund will be open starting at 8 a.m. Call 1-800-863-6582 after checking eligibility online. See for more information.
  • payment for more than 480 small-business fees will be deferred until June 30 to keep cash in small business hands
  • to help people who need additional supports, 211 will launch Saturday, April 11, a new service to connect people needing COVID-19 assistance with the Canadian Red Cross. The Red Cross will act as a navigator to link people to the services they need. In addition, the Red Cross will offer wellness check-ins for Nova Scotians who are isolated and experiencing loneliness and anxiety
  • private campgrounds must close until May 1, when the measure will be reassessed
  • only veterinarians working with the SPCA may carry out spay and neuter surgeries
  • the order under the Health Protection Act has been amended to require workers in the fishing and offshore industries to self-isolate when they enter the province

Nova Scotia has one new death related to COVID-19 and 31 new cases identified Wednesday, April 8. This is the second death related to COVID-19. There are 373 positive test results. Confirmed cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. Ten individuals are currently in hospital, four of those in intensive care units. Eighty-two individuals have now recovered and their cases of COVID-19 are considered resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. A map and graphic presentation of the case data is available at .

If you have two or more of the following symptoms, visit to determine if you should call 811 for further assessment:

  • fever
  • new or worsening cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • headache

Quick Facts:

  • testing numbers are updated daily at
  • a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to April 19
  • there are 22 primary assessment centres in Nova Scotia: 21 operated by Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and one operated by the IWK Health Centre, temporary primary assessment centres are operating in two communities
  • two mobile assessment centres are being established by NSHA to do community-based testing; Emergency Health Services operates two field assessment units, one in Halifax Regional Municipality and one in Cape Breton Regional Municipality
  • the first death in the province was on April 6 - a woman in her 70s with underlying medical conditions died in hospital in the Eastern Zone as a result of complications related to COVID-19

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada:

Government of Canada toll-free information line 1-833-784-4397

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).

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free).