Cape Breton Post

N.S. reports eight new COVID-19 cases

- NOUSHIN ZIAFATI SALTWIRE NETWORK noushin.ziafati@herald.ca @nziafati

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia reported eight new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, including one at a school in the central zone.

Of the new cases, four are in the central zone, according to a Health Department news release. Two of those cases are close contacts of previously reported cases, one case is related to travel and one is under investigat­ion.

One of the cases in the central zone is connected to Rocky Lane Junior High School in Bedford.

Two new cases are in the western zone and are related to travel. In the eastern zone, there are two new cases that are close contacts of previously reported cases.

There is limited community spread in the central zone, whereas the eastern, northern and western zones continue to be “closely monitored” for community spread.

The province also reported 11 recoveries on Sunday, bringing the active case count to 140. Of those, 10 people are in hospital COVID-19 units, including six in intensive care.

Nova Scotia had 10 new cases Saturday.

LOW COUNTS PROMISING

“Another day with a low case count is promising,” Premier Iain Rankin said in Sunday’s release. “This is a trend we want to see continue as we look forward to reopening our province.

“Vaccinatio­n is a key part of our way forward. If you are able, get the vaccine to protect yourself and those around you.”

Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, echoed those remarks.

“I am pleased to see our cases are in the single digits,” Strang said. “Everyone has worked very hard to get us where we are, but can’t stop now.

“The way out of this third wave is to get vaccinated with both doses but also to get tested regularly. Make a COVID-19 test part of your pandemic routine.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 5,041 tests Saturday.

SCHOOL CLOSED

Since April 1, there have been 4,000 positive COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths reported in Nova Scotia. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. To date, there are 3,837 resolved cases.

Also Sunday, the provincial Education Department said Rocky Lake Junior High is closed to students until Wednesday “to allow for testing of close contacts and a deep cleaning of the school.”

The school will inform students and their families about at-home learning and provide an update before Wednesday.

Public health officials will reach out to any close contacts of positive cases at the school and advise of next steps, including testing. Anyone who is a close contact will be notified, tested and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

All students and staff at the school are being encouraged to get tested for COVID-19, whether or not they have symptoms. No self-isolation is required while they wait for test results unless they’ve been identified as a close contact by public health officials or have symptoms.

The health authority announced Sunday that public health’s mobile unit will offer community-based COVID-19 testing at various locations in the central zone this week. On Monday, the mobile unit will be available for drop-in testing at the Halifax North Memorial Library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at the Tantallon Public Library from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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