Nova Scotia officials on Friday reported nine new COVID-19 cases, five of which were attributed to an international passenger group.
All five are self-isolated, according to a government news release.
The other four cases are domestic travelers from outside Atlantic Canada and self-isolated, the report said.
Five cases are in the western zone and four in the central zone.
“Our Easter weekend is very different than in other provinces because our low active case numbers show that today’s cases show that our border ethics work,” Prime Minister Ian Rank said in a statement. “But we must be vigilant – strict adherence to self-isolation after travel and other public health measures – to be safe.”
The cases were detected in 3,122 tests carried out at Nova Scotia Health Authority laboratories on Thursday. They bring the total number of COVID-19 cases in the province to 31.
From March 26 to April 1, 1,364 trials were administered at rapid test pop-up sites in Halifax and Dortmouth.
As of April 1, 111,403 doses of Kovit-19 vaccine had been administered. Of those, 29,530 Nova Scots received their second dose.
Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 310,764 tests. 639 positive COVID-19 cases and one death. One is in the hospital. Cases are between 10 and 90 years old. There are 607 settled cases. Overall cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.
“People are calling for testing to help identify where the virus is in our province, and I thank them for that,” said Dr. Robert Strong, chief medical officer of Nova Scotia Health. “One of the ways we can work together to control the spread of COVID-19.”
Nova Scots are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, especially if they have a high number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be registered at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en by selecting the asymptotic option.
Quick test pop-up sites are being set up around the province. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting.
The province is updating the state of emergency to ensure the health and safety of the Nova Scots and to ensure that safety measures and other important measures can continue. The order will take effect from noon on Sunday, April 4, and will be extended until noon on Sunday, April 18.
Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to self-assess if you have received or are currently enjoying the last 48 hours:
- Fever (i.e. cold / sweating) or cough (fresh or worsening)
Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worse):
- throat pain
- Nasal congestion / nasal congestion
- Shortness of breath / difficulty breathing
Call 811 if you do not have access to an online self-assessment or would like to talk to a nurse about your symptoms.
Anyone traveling anywhere other than New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island must be self-isolated for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit contact with others until they feel better.
As a result of increased cases of COVID-19 in the area, Nova Scots are being asked to avoid unnecessary travel to the city of Edmundston and surrounding communities in New Brunswick.
It is important for Nova Scots to strictly adhere to public hygiene rules and regulations – follow good hand washing and other hygiene practices, and maintain physical distance when needed. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.