The Chronicle Herald (Metro)

Woman dies from COVID-19

- STUART PEDDLE speddle@herald.ca @Guylafur

A woman in her 50s has become the 93rd person in Nova Scotia to die of COVID-19 complicati­ons since the pandemic began, and the 27th since April 1.

Health authoritie­s announced the woman's death in Thursday's daily update. She was from the central zone.

The release also reported no new cases in the province.

"On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I wish to extend my deepest condolence­s to the family and friends of the woman who has passed away," Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, said in the release. "Please get vaccinated as soon as you can, get tested on a regular basis and follow the public health measures."

As of Thursday, Nova Scotia has 11 active cases of COVID-19. There are currently no hospitaliz­ations.

On July 21, Nova Scotia Health Authority's labs completed 3,012 tests.

As of July 21, 1,256,787 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administer­ed. Of those, 527,619 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since April 1, there have been 4,138 positive COVID19 cases and 27 deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 4,100 resolved cases.

TESTING ADVICE

Nova Scotians can book a test with primary assessment centres across the province. Those with no symptoms are encouraged to use one of the primary assessment centres with drop-in testing, pop-up sites, or public health mobile units if they want to be tested. For more informatio­n, visit the NS Health website.

Nova Scotians do a selfassess­ment if in the past 48 hours they have had or are currently experienci­ng mild symptoms, including:

• fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

• sore throat

• runny nose/nasal congestion

• headache

• shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

People who cannot access the online self-assessment page should call 811 for further assistance or to speak with a nurse about their symptoms.

Anyone with symptoms should immediatel­y self-isolate and book a test.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results, unless they are fully vaccinated. If they are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the exposure date, they do not need to self-isolate as long as they are not experienci­ng any COVID19 symptoms. They should still get tested and should monitor for symptoms up to 14 days after the exposure date. If symptoms develop, they should get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.

 ?? TIM KROCHAK • THE CHRONICLE HERALD ?? Roman Pruski works on patient samples at a rapid testing site at Central Spryfield School in Halifax in May.
TIM KROCHAK • THE CHRONICLE HERALD Roman Pruski works on patient samples at a rapid testing site at Central Spryfield School in Halifax in May.

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