Thirty-eight new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, April 22.
Thirty-three cases are in Central Zone. Two are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada and two are related to travel outside of Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required. Nineteen are close contacts of previously reported cases. Ten are under investigation, two of which were identified Wednesday, April 21, at Bell Park Academic Centre in Lake Echo and Shannon Park Elementary in Dartmouth.
Three cases are in Eastern Zone and are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required.
One case is in Northern Zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The person is self-isolating, as required.
One case is in Western Zone and is related to travel outside of Canada. The person is self-isolating, as required.
One of today’s cases is a confirmed UK variant case and is related to travel.
There have been 66 cases of the UK variant, 12 cases of the South African variant, and one case of the Brazil variant identified in Nova Scotia.
As of today, Nova Scotia has 111 active cases of COVID-19.
Nova Scotia Health Authority's labs completed 5,879 Nova Scotia tests on April 21.
As of April 21, 247,312 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 34,144 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.
Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 358,358 tests. There have been 805 positive COVID-19 cases and two deaths. Three people are in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 692 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 https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/, 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 https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .
Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:
- fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)
Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
- sore throat
- runny nose/nasal congestion
- shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.
When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.
Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.
It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives - practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .
Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .
- additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/
- a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to May 2, 2021
- online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/
Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus
Government of Canada information line 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)
If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern 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)
For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/