News release

Nova Scotia Reports Three More Deaths, Forty-three New Cases of COVID-19

Today, April 18, Nova Scotia is reporting three more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the total to seven. The deaths occurred Friday, April 17, at the Northwood long-term care home in Halifax Regional Municipality. An update on the situation will be provided Sunday, April 19.

“My greatest fear was that this virus would make its way into our long-term care homes,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I was so sad to learn of this devasting loss of life. We are working with Northwood to implement an emergency plan to isolate the virus and protect your loved ones.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 649 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Forty-three new cases were identified Friday, April 17.

The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 1,310 Nova Scotia tests on Friday, April 17 and is operating 24-hours. The lab has now completed more than 20,000 samples so far.

As of April 17, there were eight licensed long-term care homes in Nova Scotia with cases of COVID-19, involving 67 residents and 48 staff. While most cases in Nova Scotia have been connected to travel or a known case, there is now community spread. That is why travel has been removed as a requirement for testing for COVID-19.

The list of symptoms being screened for has recently expanded. If you have two or more of the following symptoms, visit https://811.novascotia.ca/ to determine if you should call 811 for further assessment:

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

To date, Nova Scotia has 20,312 negative test results, 649 positive COVID-19 test results and seven deaths. Confirmed cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. Eleven individuals are currently in hospital, five of those in ICU. One-hundred and eighty-four 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 https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data . Public health is working to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with the confirmed cases. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It is now more important than ever for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health orders and directives - practise good hygiene, maintain a physical distance of two metres or six feet from others, limit essential gatherings to no more than five people and stay at home as much as possible.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Quick Facts:

  • testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
  • a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to May 3

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

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).

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free).

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