18 Mar Update on COVID-19: New Cases, Gathering Restrictions, and New Health System Measures
As of today, Nova Scotia has nine presumptive cases and three confirmed cases of COVID-19. Currently, Northern Nova Scotia is the only region in our province without a positive test case.
All 12 individuals are in self-isolation, and are currently recovering at home. Public health has been in contact with all of them, and will be working dilligently to identify others who may have come in close contact with them.
Effective immediately, there are to be no gatherings of more than 50 people.
Additionally, beginning on March 19th, the following will take effect:
• Restaurants will be restricted to take-out and delivery only. No in-person dining will be allowed.
• Drinking establisments, winery and distillery tasting rooms, and craft taprooms must close.
• Private liquor stores can continue to operate and craft breweries, wineries and distilleries can continue to sell their products from their store fronts.
Lastly, new health system measures were announced today. If you have been in close contact with someone who has travelled and are experiencing a fever (above 38°C) and/or a new cough, you should complete an online questionnaire before calling 811. The online questionnaire can be found at: https://811.novascotia.ca/
If you have travelled outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days upon your return to Nova Scotia.
You can continue to find updates and accurate info at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus