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Nova Scotia reports one new case of COVID-19 Saturday

This undated transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, also known as novel coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S.
A transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, also known as novel coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S.


One new case of COVID-19 was reported in Nova Scotia on Saturday.

The new case occurred at the Northwood long-term care home in Halifax, which has 12 residents and four staff with active cases. 

Northwood is one of two long-term care homes and unlicensed seniors' facilities with active cases of the virus. One other facility has one resident with an active case. 

The new case, identified out of 561 tests conducted at the QEII Health Sciences Centre's microbiology lab, brings Nova Scotia's total of confirmed cases to 1,049. 

"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, Nova Scotia's 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."

As of Saturday, 969 people in Nova Scotia had recovered from the virus. The province has 58 deaths, 52 of which occurred at Northwood. 

Six people are currently in hospital, with three of those in intensive care. 

On Friday, Nova Scotia expanded the list of symptoms being screened for COVID-19. 

Anyone exhibiting one of the following systems is urged to visit https://811.novascotia.ca to determine if a further call to 811 for additional assessment is required: fever (chills or sweats), cough or worsening of a previous cough, sore throat, headache, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sneezing, nasal congestion or runny nose, hoarse voice, diarrhea, unusual fatigue, loss of sense of smell or taste, or red, purple or blue lesions on the feet, toes or fingers without clear cause.

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 -- to practise good hand-washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance of two metres 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.

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