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Nova Scotia reports 6 new cases of COVID-19, cases confirmed within Halifax police

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Nova Scotia reported six new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday.

One of the new cases is in the eastern zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. One other case is in the northern zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

Four cases are in the central zone, one of which is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The other three cases are close contacts of previously reported cases.

The province says 29 cases remain active.

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“The case count is a little higher today but it’s good to see that none of the new cases are from unknown sources,” said Premier Iain Rankin in a news release.

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“These numbers reinforce the importance of being tested and continuing adherence to public health guidelines.”

Nova Scotia Health completed 4,404 tests for COVID-19 on Friday.

Since Oct. 1, the beginning of the second wave in Nova Scotia, the province has completed 243,504 tests.

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There have been 568 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths in the second wave. Two people are currently in hospital, one of which is in ICU.

Cases confirmed at Halifax police stations

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jeff Wilson confirmed Saturday morning that a member of the Halifax District RCMP tested positive for the virus.

“They did not have contact with the public in the course of their duties,” Wilson said in an email statement to Global News.

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“Contact tracing is taking place and those exposed are following the directions of Public Health regarding self-isolation.”

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Saturday afternoon, Halifax Regional Police issued a statement saying four employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

One employee tested positive on Feb. 26. Since then, three additional cases were confirmed at the same facility.

“Since the first case came to light, HRP has been working closely with Public Health and continues to facilitate testing and self-isolation of employees, as directed and recommended by Public Health,” the agency said in the statement.

“Social distancing and cleaning protocols are being reinforced consistently.

“We are also considering the possibility of temporary flexible work arrangements and re-deployments that could offer extra protection to our employees while causing minimal disruption to service delivery.

“The health and well-being of our employees and those we serve is paramount and we will continue to take every step to ensure every precaution is used as we deal with the effects of the ongoing pandemic on our workplace.”

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