The Chronicle Herald (Metro)

N.S. reports seven new COVID cases

- STEPHEN COOKE THE CHRONICLE HERALD scooke@herald.ca @Ns_scooke

After a day with no update on new COVID-19 cases or recoveries, Nova Scotia Health reports seven new cases of COVID-19 and three recoveries on Wednesday.

Six of the cases are in the central zone. Three are close contacts from other cases, and three others are related to travel. Two of those cases are sailors from HMCS Halifax.

The seventh case is related to travel and located in the western zone.

"This week, we broke the million-mark on lab-based testing since the start of the pandemic in March 2020," Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, said in a news release. "Testing has been critical in the fight against this virus. I want to thank Nova Scotians who stepped up time and time again to get tested and the many people who worked long and hard to establish and operate our testing program. While we work toward our minimum target of 75 per cent of Nova Scotians fully vaccinated, keep getting tested, especially if you have symptoms, and please, get your vaccine."

The seven cases reported Wednesday brings the province's active cases to 11, with no one in the hospital.

Labs completed 2,624 tests on Monday and 3,141 on Tuesday. As of Tuesday, 1,240,114 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given out, with 512,393 Nova Scotians getting their second dose.

DROP-IN TESTING

Along with regular PCR and pop-up COVID-19 testing clinics, which can be found at www.nshealth.ca/coronaviru­stesting, public health mobile units are offering free testing for all-ages. This week, the units are in central zone, in Lower Sackville; northern zone, in Elmsdale; and western zone, in Greenfield.

Asymptomat­ic testing of people who show no symptoms of COVID-19 has been an effective tool in limiting the spread of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia. Even with mild symptoms like a sore throat, runny or congested nose or headache, you should get a COVID-19 test.

The units will be at Elmsdale Legion in East Hants, 850 Highway 2, on Wednesday until 5 p.m.; the Sackville Legion, Branch 162, at 45 Sackville Cross Rd. on Thursday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and at the Greenfield Fire Hall, 4960 Medway River Rd., on Thursday and Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

There are no vaccines available at these mobile pop-up testing sites, however public health team members will be available to answer any questions and to help book a vaccine appointmen­t at the most convenient time and clinic location.

Unless you have symptoms, you do not need to self-isolate while waiting for test results, unless directed to do so by Nova Scotia Public Health. Please bring a health card, if you have one.

Nova Scotians are encouraged to be tested regularly for COVID-19, even if they are vaccinated, as no vaccine is 100 per cent effective.

Up-to-date informatio­n about COVID-19 in the province is available at novascotia. ca/coronaviru­s.

 ?? TIM KROCHAK • THE CHONICLE HERALD ?? Patient samples are gathered at a rapid testing site at Central Spryfield School in Halifax in May 2021.
TIM KROCHAK • THE CHONICLE HERALD Patient samples are gathered at a rapid testing site at Central Spryfield School in Halifax in May 2021.

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