One new case of COVID-19 has been reported in Nova Scotia, breaking a string of six consecutive days without a reported new case.
The single case identified Tuesday is in the central zone and the individual is in hospital. The source of infection for the latest positive test remains under investigation by public health, the Health and Wellness Department reported in its daily update.
The QEII Health Sciences Centre's microbiology lab, which is operating 24/7, completed 444 Nova Scotia tests on Tuesday.
To date, Nova Scotia has 58,315 negative test results, 1,067 positive COVID-19 cases, 63 deaths and two active COVID-19 cases.
The patient whose case had been considered resolved but who remained in hospital as of earlier this week has been discharged and now there 1,002 resolved cases in the province. The new identified case is the only person in hospital in the province because of COVID complications.
Cases in the province range in age from under 10 to over 90. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama.
There are no licensed long-term care homes in Nova Scotia with active cases of COVID-19.
Anyone who experiences symptoms of fever, cough or worsening cough, sore throat, headache, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sneezing, nasal congestion, hoarse voice, diarrhea, unusual fatigue, loss of smell or taste or red purple or blueish lesions on the feet, toes, or fingers is encouraged to visit https://811.novascotia.ca to determine if a further call to 811 for additional assessment is required.
When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. 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 of Atlantic Canada 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 of practising good hand-washing and other hygiene steps, maintaining a physical distance when and where required, and wearing a non-medical mask when physical distancing is difficult.
The government announced Friday that the provincial state of emergency declared March 22 has been extended until July 26. The province said the public health order is necessary to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians and ensure the safe reopening of businesses and services.
As of July 3, interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the requirement to self-isolate for permanent Atlantic Canadian residents, is permitted.
All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia's Health Protection Act order, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must self-isolate for 14 days. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic province may travel to Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.