Five new presumptive COVID-19 cases in N.S.; northern N.S. only region free of COVID-19 currently

Nova Scotia now has three confirmed cases and nine presumptive cases of COVID-19, according to the Nova Scotia Government.

Five new cases were identified Tuesday, March 17. Four of the cases are travel-related and one is connected to an earlier case.

A news release from the Nova Scotia government said that Northern Nova Scotia is the only region without a positive case of COVID-19 at this time.

The 12 individuals affected range in age from early 30s to mid-70s. They are all in self-isolation and recovering at home.

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. They are located across the province.

The province is testing daily, working with our partners at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. To date, Nova Scotia has 1,141 negative test results, nine presumptive positive cases and three 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 .

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