Nova Scotia experiences 13 new circumstances of COVID-19 over Christmas vacation
On Monday, Nova Scotia reported a total of 13 new cases of COVID-19 in the past four days.
A new case was registered on Monday, three cases on Sunday and a total of nine cases on Boxing Day, the province said.
According to a press release from the Ministry of Health and Wellness, 33 cases of the virus are known in the province.
Of the nine new cases identified on December 25 and 26, six were in the central zone, two in the northern zone, and one in the eastern zone.
All of these cases are either related to close contact with previous cases or to travel from outside of Atlantic Canada, the province said.
The three cases reported on Dec. 27 are located in the central zone and are either closely linked or traveling outside of Atlantic Canada.
The one case from Monday is also in the central zone and is in close contact with an earlier case.
New exposure on WestJet flight
Public health advises of possible exposure to COVID-19 during a WestJet flight on December 26th.
Anyone traveling from Toronto (9:00 a.m.) to Halifax (12:30 p.m.) on WestJet Flight 248, seated in rows 1 through 4 in seats A, B, D, and F, is asked to submit a COVID-19 – Book the test regardless of whether he does or not have symptoms.
All other passengers on this flight should continue to self-isolate as necessary and self-monitor for signs of the virus. Symptoms can develop up to and including January 9th.
Exposure sites were reported during the vacation break. The list of active exposures for Nova Scotia can be found here.
Last updated on December 24th
The provincial government took a vacation break from reporting the COVID-19 case numbers.
The last day of the updated case numbers was December 24th, which saw seven new cases of the virus found, including a worker at an assisted living facility in Dartmouth.
Residents and some employees were tested, but all results were negative, according to a Shannex press release. They will be retested on December 31st.
A week before the holidays, Nova Scotia went into new limits for household collecting. Meetings must be limited to a total of 10 people, including household members.
While people are no longer instructed to avoid the Halifax and Hants Counties areas, the province has discouraged unnecessary travel this holiday season.
“I hope everyone has celebrated safely and in small groups for the past few days,” Prime Minister Stephen McNeil said in a press release on Monday.
“We are still seeing low case numbers and I want to thank you all for your sacrifice, but we must continue the good work of containing the virus. Although the holidays are usually a time of big gatherings, remember to protect everyone else, by following all public health protocols. “
Dr. Robert Strang, the provincial chief health officer, said people need to be careful about following public health protocols as they head into the new year.
“Do your part by wearing a mask, restricting social contacts, practicing social distancing, adhering to allotment limits, staying home if you feel unwell and washing your hands frequently,” he said in a statement.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority laboratories performed 1,156 tests on December 24, 1,690 tests on December 25 and 26, and 1,259 tests on December 27.
Falls in the Atlantic provinces
The latest numbers from the Atlantic provinces are:
- PEI reported three new cases last Thursday. The province has five active cases.
- Newfoundland and Labrador reported two new cases on Monday. There are 19 active cases and one person is in the hospital.
- New Brunswick reported one new case and 33 active cases on Monday. There are three people in the hospital and two of them are in intensive care.