Nova Scotia announced the province’s first three presumptive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) today, March 15. The province is also taking further measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The cases are not connected and are all travel related. The individuals followed all the proper procedures when they started to feel unwell. They are all currently managing their symptoms at home in self-isolation. Public health has been in contact with these individuals, and those who have come in close contact with them are also being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.
Please note the following prevention measures for Nova Scotians which are in effect immediately under the authority of the Health Protection Act:
- Long-term care facilities are closed to visitors effective immediately.
- Public schools are closed for two weeks following March Break (the weeks of March 23 and March 30), and will be subject to reassessment after this time period. The public school system will be investigating virtual schools focused on essential curriculum to ensure that Grade 12 students can graduate.
- Regulated child care centres will be closed from March 17 to April 3, after which they will be reassessed.
- March break camps are cancelled.
- All museums and government parks are closed until further notice.
- Casinos in Halifax and Sydney are closed as of 12 am on March 16th, and bar owners can no longer operate VLTs.
- Organizations and businesses must practise social distancing of two metres or six feet, and keep gatherings below 150 or much smaller if possible. This applies to restaurants, bars, movie theatres and other gathering spots.
Beginning tomorrow, March 16, public health inspectors will be onsite at the Halifax International Airport and the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. Work is ongoing with federal partners responsible for border security to strengthen the screening process. Both airports now have information on digital screens in all areas frequented by travelers.
The following prevention measures and advice regarding travel are in effect across Canada:
- The Government of Canada has issued a travel advisory asking Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.
- Anyone who has traveled outside of Canada must self-isolate upon return, even if they are symptom-free.
Up to date, Nova Scotia has completed 418 tests for COVID-19, with 415 negative results and 3 presumptive positive cases as aforementioned. View the testing numbers will are updated daily here.