COVID-19 Press Releases

Next Steps to Reopening the Province

This afternoon, Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health for Nova Scotia, announced the next steps toward reopening the province.

Effective June 5th, the following businesses can open if they are ready and choose to do so and follow public health protocols to ensure physical distancing, increased cleaning and other protective measures for staff and customers:

✅ restaurants for dine-in, as well as takeout and delivery.
✅ bars, wineries, distilleries and taprooms.
✅ personal services, such as hair salons, barber shops, spas, nail salons and body art establishments.
✅ fitness facilities, such as gyms, yoga studios and climbing facilities.
✅ veterinarians.
❎ lounges are not permitted to reopen at this time.

Other health providers can also reopen on June 5, provided they follow protocols in their colleges’ and associations’ plans, as approved by public health. These include:

✅ dentistry and other self-regulated health professions such as optometry, chiropractic and physiotherapy.
✅ unregulated health professions such as massage therapy, podiatry and naturopathy.

For more information, visit: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200527003.

One New Case of COVID-19

As of today, May 27, Nova Scotia has 1,053 confirmed cases of COVID-19. One new case was identified Tuesday, May 26.

The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 533 Nova Scotia tests on May 26 and is operating 24-hours.

There is one licensed long-term care home in Nova Scotia with active cases of COVID-19. Northwood in Halifax currently has 12 residents and four staff active cases.

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

fever (i.e. chills, sweats)
cough or worsening of a previous cough
sore throat
headache
shortness of breath
muscle aches
sneezing
nasal congestion/runny nose
hoarse voice
diarrhea
unusual fatigue
loss of sense of smell or taste
red, purple or blueish lesions on the feet, toes or fingers without clear cause

To date, Nova Scotia has 39,441 negative test results, 1,053 positive COVID-19 test results and 59 deaths. Confirmed cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. Seven individuals are currently in hospital, three of those in ICU. Nine-hundred and seventy-five 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 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 of two metres or six feet from those not in your household or family household bubble and limit planned social gatherings of people outside your household or family household bubble to no more than five.

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 at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia/ .

One New Case of COVID-19

As of today, May 23, Nova Scotia has 1,049 confirmed cases of COVID-19. One new case was identified Friday, May 22.

“As we prepare to reopen our province safely, I want to continue to thank Nova Scotians for their patience and vigilance. I know this has been difficult,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “For those who have reopened, I want to acknowledge your strong efforts to do so safely. Public safety will remain the focus of our actions going forward.”

The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 561 Nova Scotia tests on May 22 and is operating 24-hours.

“New case numbers are staying low and we continue to head in the right direction. We can, and should, be proud of how we’ve fared,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health. “With nicer weather and looser restrictions, I ask all Nova Scotians to continue practising good hygiene, limiting non-essential travel, staying home if you’re feeling unwell, limiting large groups and wearing non-medical masks when and where appropriate.”

There are two licensed long-term care homes and unlicensed seniors' facilities in Nova Scotia with active cases of COVID-19. Northwood in Halifax currently has 12 residents and four staff with active cases. One other facility has one resident with an active case.

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

fever (i.e. chills, sweats)
cough or worsening of a previous cough
sore throat
headache
shortness of breath
muscle aches
sneezing
nasal congestion/runny nose
hoarse voice
diarrhea
unusual fatigue
loss of sense of smell or taste
red, purple or blueish lesions on the feet, toes or fingers without clear cause

To date, Nova Scotia has 37,671 negative test results, 1,049 positive COVID-19 test results and 58 deaths. Confirmed cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. Six individuals are currently in hospital, three of those in ICU. Nine-hundred and sixty-nine 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 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 of two metres or six feet from those not in your household or family household bubble and limit planned social gatherings of people outside your household or family household bubble to no more than five.

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

Two New Cases of COVID-19; Symptoms for Testing Expand

As of today, May 22, Nova Scotia has 1,048 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Two new cases were identified Thursday, May 21.

The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 427 Nova Scotia tests on May 21 and is operating 24-hours.

There are two licensed long-term care homes and unlicensed seniors' facilities in Nova Scotia with active cases of COVID-19. Northwood in Halifax currently has 16 residents and four staff with active cases. One other facility has one resident with an active case.

Beginning today, the list of symptoms being screened for COVID-19 is expanding.

“This expanded symptom list is being adopted by all provinces and territories and is based on our growing knowledge of how COVID-19 can present,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health. “As we move out of the first pandemic wave, it remains important to test anyone who has symptoms that could be due to COVID-19.”

If you have any one of the following symptoms, visit https://811.novascotia.ca to determine if you should call 811 for further assessment:

fever (i.e. chills, sweats)
cough or worsening of a previous cough
sore throat
headache
shortness of breath
muscle aches
sneezing
nasal congestion/runny nose
hoarse voice
diarrhea
unusual fatigue
loss of sense of smell or taste
red, purple or blueish lesions on the feet, toes or fingers without clear cause

To date, Nova Scotia has 37,405 negative test results, 1,048 positive COVID-19 test results and 58 deaths. Confirmed cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. Eight individuals are currently in hospital, four of those in ICU. Nine-hundred and sixty-one 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 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 of two metres or six feet from those not in your household or family household bubble and limit planned social gatherings of people outside your household or family household bubble to no more than five.

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

Easing COVID-19 Restrictions

This afternoon, the Nova Scotia Government eased more of its COVID-19 restrictions ahead of the Victoria Day long weekend. Everyone must continue to practice social distancing and respect public health restrictions.

✅ Nova Scotians can choose to create an immediate family bubble. This means two immediate family households can come together without physical distancing.

✅ Public beaches in Nova Scotia will be allowed to open for public access effective May 16, 2020, at 8 a.m. 🚫 Welkum Park will unfortunately remain closed due to playground restrictions.

✅ The following activities at outdoor facilities will be allowed to resume effective, May 16, 2020, at 8 a.m: Archery, Equestrian, Golf, Paddling, Sailing/boating, Tennis. This includes River Hills Golf & Country Club 

🚫 Please note that the province wide ban on open fires has been extended until June 1 at 11:59 p.m. However, the use of backyard appliances like chimineas and fire pits will be temporarily permitted for households. The fire ban does not apply to private campgrounds.

For more information, visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

Nova Scotia Reports Four More Deaths, Eight New Cases of COVID-19

Today, May 15, Nova Scotia is reporting four additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the total to 55. The deaths occurred at the Northwood long-term care home in Halifax Regional Municipality.

As of today, May 15, Nova Scotia has 1,034 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Eight new cases were identified Thursday, May 14.

The QEII Health Sciences Centre's microbiology lab completed 473 Nova Scotia tests on May 14 and is operating 24-hours.

There are three licensed long-term care homes and unlicensed seniors' facilities in Nova Scotia with active cases of COVID-19. Northwood in Halifax currently has 25 residents and 15 staff with active cases. One other facility has one staff member with an active case of COVID-19 and another facility has one resident with an active case.

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 35,375 negative test results, 1,034 positive COVID-19 test results and 55 deaths. Confirmed cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. Nine individuals are currently in hospital, five of those in ICU. Nine-hundred and eighteen 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 .

The province is renewing the state of emergency for two more weeks. The order will take effect at noon Sunday, May 17 and extend to noon Sunday, May 31, unless government terminates or extends it.

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 .