Every new coronavirus case is a red flag that the pandemic is still raging. Nova Scotia for example has reported 382 COVID-19 cases since October 1. A recent case relates to travel outside Atlantic Canada.
None of the cases so far are connected to Churchill Academy. Public health has arranged testing for all staff and students in order to approve resumption of class. According to Premier Stephen McNeil,
“The recent low number of cases in the greater Halifax area means that restaurants can reopen. I want to thank the hardworking entrepreneurs for their patience. Following all public health protocols is the best way to protect each other and help our economy.”
Fortunately, no deaths have been logged in as of October 1. Of note, patients range in age from under 10 to over 70. Dr. Robert Strang, the Chief Medical Officer of Health is encouraged by the numbers, but notes that we still haven’t seen the full impact of the holidays. He advises caution:
“The way we can keep COVID-19 under control is by remaining cautious and following all public health measures. Living safely with COVID-19 needs to remain our focus.”
The good news is that restaurants and licensed establishments in areas of Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County can reopen for dine-in service as long as they follow the provincewide restrictions. The Halifax casino and VLTs will remain closed.
The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces warn that anyone who has traveled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. Plus, non-essential travel into neighboring provinces is discouraged. Public health protocols are of the essence such as handwashing, quarantining, and masks. All directives are mandatory at present.
In fact, all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors coming from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days before or after entrance.