Update on COVID-19: Affected Areas Expanded and Precautionary Preparations Underway

More cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are expected in Canada as the areas affected by the virus continues to expand outside of China. The risk to Nova Scotians remains low at this time. Currently, there have been no cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia; however, precautionary preparations are underway.

Nova Scotia’s health-care system is actively monitoring and testing for potential cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Health officials have provided an update on the preparations underway across the provincial health system as the number of cases in Canada continues to increase.

The work underway includes:
— Implementing a patient screening process for use by frontline health-care workers.
— Monitoring and investigating potential cases.
— Applying effective public health and infection control measures.
— Establishing working groups focused on disease surveillance, health system impact monitoring, models of care, supplies and resource management.
— Working with Nova Scotia’s Emergency Management Office and other non-health partners on business continuity planning.
— Sharing accurate, up-to-date information.

Anyone who has travelled from an affected area should closely monitor their health for 14 days after their arrival in Canada. Practicing good hygiene remains the best precautionary measure to protect yourself. If you have travelled to an affected area and develop a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, call 811 for an assessment.

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

To view the Public Health Agency of Canada’s up-to-date list of affected areas: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/covid-19-affected-areas-list.html