January 18, 2021

7 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Nova Scotia on Saturday

Seven new Covid-19 cases were reported in the province on Saturday in Nova Scotia.

The number of active cases dropped to 61 from 65 on Friday.

Three of the new cases are in the Western Health Zone of the province. Two were close associates of another case and one was an employee at the Eden Valley poultry farm in NS, Berwick, where the province recently announced the outbreak of COVID-19 after several employees tested positive for the virus.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority said 6 employees at the plant have so far tested positive, and the latest case at the plant was announced Friday, with the province declaring an explosion.

Two of the new cases on Saturday are in the Eastern Zone and one in the Northern Zone. Those cases are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.

A case is in the Central Zone and is closely related to the previously announced case.

No one was hospitalized in Nova Scotia for the virus.

“Lower case numbers are a good indication that we are doing the right thing, but we continue to have COVID-19 activity in the province,” said Dr. Robert Strong, chief medical officer for health in Nova Scotia. “While these results show that our approach is working, they also tell us that we must continue to follow public health measures.”

On Saturday evening, Nova Scotia Health issued disclosure notices for two Air Canada flights. Anyone on the following flights is constantly asked to self-isolate and closely monitor symptoms:

  • Air Canada Flight 144 Travel from Calgary (11:54 am) to Toronto (5:22 pm) on December 9th Passengers in rows 20-26, seats J, K and L Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are frequently asked to self-isolate and monitor. Symptoms may develop until December 23rd.
  • Air Canada Flight 8210 Travel from Toronto (Dec. 9. 8:55 pm) to Sydney (Dec. 10 at 12:10 p.m.) Passengers in rows 22-27, seats D and F Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are frequently asked to self-isolate and monitor. Symptoms may develop until December 24.
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The full list of possible exposure locations can be found here.

Walk-in testing options in Annapolis, Kings counties

The province announced Saturday that there will be new walking test options in the Annapolis and Kings districts over the next few days in response to the Eden Valley poultry farm explosion.

All staff at the facility are tested and self-isolated until they are tested again next week.

In a release, The Nova Scotia Health Authority said the walking test was available For asymptomatic individuals, COVID-19 is not in close contact with the person and is not self-isolated as it travels outside the Atlantic Canada.

The gait test is available on two platforms:

  • On Sunday, December 13 and Monday, December 14, the Berwick Fire Hall (300 Commercial St., Berwick) will be closed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the site from 4: 30-5: 30 p.m.
  • Mobile section at Middleton Fire Hall (131 Commercial St., Middleton) on Monday, December 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Tuesday, December 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The report states that the test method will be a standard PCR test and that people will not need to isolate themselves if tested. It said anyone coming to those places should bring their health card if they are tested.

Similarly, the Amelia Saputo Center at St. Francis Xavier University has a pop-up quick test site on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 6pm.

Winter break extended

On Friday, Prime Minister Stephen McNeill announced that the province would “expand with caution” the winter break for public school students and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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McNeill said he was concerned about the size of family gatherings to be held and would allow extra time for two weeks after Christmas Day.

Schools in the province will be closed on December 18 instead of December 22 and reopened to students on January 11 instead of January 4.

The announcement came on the same day that a second case of the virus was identified at Shannon Park Elementary School in Dortmouth. The first case was identified Tuesday.

Cases in the Atlantic Provinces

Recent Number of Atlantic States:

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Three new cases were reported on Saturday, and there are 23 active cases.
  • New Brunswick filed a new lawsuit on Saturday and there are 72 active cases. Four people have been admitted to the hospital along with three others in intensive care.
  • PEI Five new cases were reported on Saturday, all related to travel. There are 17 active cases in the province.

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