COVID-19 Update – May 8th, 2020

NEWS RELEASE:
 
COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Nova Scotia Reports Two More Deaths, One New Case of COVID-19
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Today, May 8, Nova Scotia is reporting two additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the total to 46. The deaths occurred at the Northwood long-term care home in Halifax Regional Municipality.
 
“All Nova Scotians continue to hold Northwood residents and staff in their thoughts. I hope the families grieving today know their province is with them,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Health system partners stand side-by-side with Northwood and our mobilization of efforts to support them will continue for as long as necessary.”
 
As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,008 confirmed cases of COVID-19. One new case was identified Thursday, May 7.
 
The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 840 Nova Scotia tests on May 7 and is operating 24-hours.
 
There are two licensed long-term care homes and unlicensed seniors’ facilities in Nova Scotia with active cases of COVID-19. Northwood in Halifax currently has 156 residents and 38 staff with active cases. One other facility has one staff member with an active case of COVID-19.
 
If you have two or more of the following symptoms, visit https://811.novascotia.ca to determine if you should call 811 for further assessment:
 
— fever
 
— new or worsening cough
 
— sore throat
 
— runny nose
 
— headache
 
 
To date, Nova Scotia has 32,835 negative test results, 1,008 positive COVID-19 test results and 46 deaths. Confirmed cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. Five individuals are currently in hospital, two of those in ICU. Seven-hundred and twenty-two individuals have now recovered and their cases of COVID-19 are considered resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. A map and graphic presentation of the case data is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data .
Public health is working to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with the confirmed cases. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.
 
Anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.
 
It is now more important than ever for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health orders and directives – practise good hygiene, maintain a physical distance of two metres or six feet from others, limit essential gatherings to no more than five people and stay at home as much as possible.
 
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .
 
 
Quick Facts:
 
— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
 
— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to May 17
 
 
Additional Resources:
 
Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus
 
Government of Canada toll-free information line 1-833-784-4397
 
The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll free)
 
Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)
 
For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)
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