News release

One Death, 59 New Cases of COVID-19, 61 Recoveries

Today, November 1, Nova Scotia is reporting one death related to COVID-19. A man in his 70s in Eastern Zone has died.

“I want to offer my sympathies to the family, friends and loved ones grieving,” said Premier Tim Houston. “COVID-19 is still in our province and continues to have devastating impacts on families. Please get vaccinated, stay home if you are sick and continue to follow public health measures.”

Nova Scotia is also reporting 59 new cases of COVID-19 and 61 recoveries since the last update on October 29.

There are 44 cases in Central Zone, six cases in Northern Zone, five cases in Eastern Zone and four cases in Western Zone.

“My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and loved ones of the man who has passed,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. “The vaccine helps prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death. Do your part and get vaccinated if you haven’t done so already and continue doing all you can to protect each other and your communities.”

Over the past three days, five schools were notified of an exposure(s) at their school. As always, all staff, parents and guardians are notified of exposures if a positive case (student, teacher or staff) was at the school while infectious. A list of schools with exposures is available online: https://backtoschool.ednet.ns.ca/school-exposures

As of today, Nova Scotia has 166 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, 10 people are in hospital.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,186 tests on October 29; 1,971 tests on October 30; and 1,836 tests on October 31.

As of October 31, 1,576,169 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 763,311 Nova Scotians have received their second dose, and 2,979 eligible Nova Scotians have received a third dose.

Since August 1, there have been 1,517 positive COVID-19 cases and seven deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 1,344 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Testing advice:

Nova Scotians with or without symptoms can book a test at: https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en for COVID-19 for COVID-19 testing centres across the province. Those eligible to receive asymptomatic testing are listed at: https://www.nshealth.ca/visit-covid-19-testing-site . Those with no symptoms who do not meet the criteria are encouraged to use one of the rapid testing pop-up sites if they want to be tested. Some public health mobile unit clinics also offer drop-in testing; this will be noted in promotions.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is advised to self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results, unless they are fully vaccinated. If they are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the exposure date, they do not need to self-isolate as long as they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. They should still get tested and should monitor for symptoms up to 14 days after the exposure date. If symptoms develop, they should get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.

Symptoms and self-assessment:

Nova Scotians should visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours they have had or are currently experiencing:

  • cough (new or worsening)

Or two or more of the following symptoms:

  • fever (chills, sweats)
  • headache
  • runny nose or nasal congestion
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

People should call 811 if they cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about their symptoms.

Anyone with symptoms should immediately self-isolate and book a test.

Quick Facts:

  • a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020, and has been extended to November 14, 2021

Additional Resources:

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

More information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/

More information about public health text notifications of positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts is available here: https://www.nshealth.ca/news/public-health-begins-contacting-positive-covid-19-cases-close-contacts-text-message

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus or 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

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