It just doesn’t stop! Two new cases in Western Zone, one related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. One in the Eastern Zone has been traced to travel. Nine cases are in Central Zone. Many come from contact with the afflicted.
Local health authorities are concerned as numbers rise daily. In fact the previous state of emergency, declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 has been extended to January 10.
The public is on alert. The premiers of all four Atlantic provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel into neighboring provinces. All non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador requires a 14-day self-isolation. In addition, students are being warned to get a test and self-isolate.
Nova Scotians are asked to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives like hand washing and other hygiene protocols. They must maintain a physical distance when and where required. It is now mandatory to wear a non-medical mask in most indoor public places.
Premier Stephen McNeil reportedly said,
“I welcome returning students and thank them for following public health protocols.
I also remind asymptomatic students to get a COVID-19 test during self-isolation.”
He reminds everyone that staying vigilant and following all the protective measures will help keep case numbers low as the vaccine program is rolled out across the province.
The statistics are there but not dire. Since October 1, Nova Scotia has completed 121,171 tests, with 431 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70.
Furthermore, according to Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, it is crucial that we all do our part to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19.