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Nova Scotia reports two new cases of coronavirus Friday, ending caseless streak

Coronavirus: Nova Scotia reports 2 new COVID-19 cases related to travel outside Canada
Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang announced that the province had two new COVID-19 cases on Friday, both of which he said are related to travel outside of Canada.

The streak of days with no new novel coronavirus cases in Nova Scotia has come to an end.

On Friday, the province announced two new cases of the virus, both of which are related to Nova Scotians who travelled outside Canada.

The individuals have been self-isolating since they returned to the province, health officials said in a press release.

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Both cases are located in the central zone.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) says the two new cases travelled on board an Air Canada flight on July 19 from Toronto to Halifax and have issued an advisory to notify those who were on board the plane.

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The NSHA says Air Canda flight AC 626 departed Toronto at approximately 10 p.m. and landed in Halifax at approximately 1 a.m. on July 20.

While anyone could have been exposed, the NSHA said passengers in row 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, seats C, D-F are more likely to have had close contact.

Passengers in those seats are asked to call 811 and to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

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Friday is also the first day of the province’s new mandatory masking order in public buildings.

The new cases push Nova Scotia’s case total to 1,069.

Nova Scotia health officials say the two new cases are the only active cases they have detected in the province.

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As of Friday, 1,003 cases are considered to be resolved and 64 people died from the virus.

There are no individuals in hospital as a result of COVID-19 at this time.

The QEII testing lab completed 456 Nova Scotia tests on Thursday and remains operating 24 hours a day.

Individuals with the virus have ranged in age from under 10 to over 90.

Mandatory mask-wearing in Nova Scotia begins Friday
Mandatory mask-wearing in Nova Scotia begins Friday

Nova Scotians are still encouraged to visit the 811 website if they have two or more of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (including chills, sweats)
  • Cough or worsening of a previous cough
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle aches
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal congestion/runny nose
  • Hoarse voice
  • Diarrhea
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Red, purple or blueish lesions on the feet, toes or fingers without a clear cause

Read more: Here’s what you’ll need to do to enter each province in the Atlantic bubble

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The Atlantic travel bubble remains operational.

The bubble permits interprovincial travel between Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador without self-isolation.

However, restrictions will be in place. You can learn what you need to do ahead of time for each province here.