COVID-19 cases continue to increase

Northern Nova Scotia remains the only area of the province free of COVID-19, as the provincial government announced on March 19 that two new cases of the virus have been identified within the province. Both of the new cases were travel-related.

As of March 19, Nova Scotia has five confirmed cases and nine presumptive cases of COVID-19, for a total of 14.

The cases are located across the province. The 14 individuals affected range in age from early 30s to mid-70s.

Public health has been in contact with these individuals and working to identify others who may have come in close contact with them. Those individuals are also being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

The province is testing daily, working with our partners at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. To date, Nova Scotia has 1,373 negative test results, nine presumptive positive cases and five confirmed cases.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Canada must self-isolate for 14 days when they return to Nova Scotia. If you have been in close contact with someone who has travelled and are experiencing fever (above 38 C) and/or new cough you should complete the online questionnaire before calling 811. The online questionnaire can be found at: https://811.novascotia.ca/

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, hand washing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

Meanwhile the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission stopped accepting cash today at all its outlets, moving to credit and debit only in an effort to help control the virus.

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