News release

1,893 New Cases of COVID-19

NOTE: Nova Scotia is issuing an abbreviated COVID-19 news release today and Monday, January 3. The online dashboard will not be updated until Tuesday, January 4.

Today, January 2, Nova Scotia is reporting 1,893 new cases of COVID-19 since the last update on December 31 – 709 new cases reported Saturday, January 1, and 1,184 today.

On January 1, there were 453 cases in Central Zone, 126 cases in Eastern Zone, 67 cases in Northern Zone and 63 cases in Western Zone. Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) labs completed 5,789 tests.

On January 2, there were 835 cases in Central Zone, 118 cases in Eastern Zone, 104 cases in Northern Zone and 127 cases in Western Zone. NSHA labs completed 5,763 tests.

Because of a spike in testing and positive cases, public health is experiencing delays in follow-up. All cases should contact their close contacts. Public health is prioritizing contact tracing in long-term care, healthcare facilities, correctional facilities, shelters and other group settings.

Information about testing, self-isolation and case management is available at: .

Additional Resources:

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at:

Information on provincewide restrictions that took effect December 22 and other public health measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 is available at:

More information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at:

More information about public health text notifications of positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts is available here:

Government of Canada: or 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)


Media Contact:

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