Feb. 22 update: Nova Scotia identifies one new COVID-19 case, warns of email scam | Provincial | News

Nova Scotia is reporting one new case of COVID-19 on Monday.

The case is in the central health zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

There are 19 known active cases of COVID-19 in the province: 12 in the central zone, one in the northern zone, and three each in the eastern and western health zones. One person is currently in the ICU.

The first prototype COVID-19 vaccine clinic started today, Monday, and is set to continue for three more days this week. The clinic is set up at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.

“Today marks an important step in our vaccine rollout with the first community clinic for people age 80 and older,” said Premier Stephen McNeil in a news release.

“I thank Nova Scotians for their patience while waiting for the vaccine, and for keeping one another safe by following public health measures.”

Five hundred people have been invited to get their first shot over the next few days. They were chosen randomly based on their postal code among people 80 years or older who live within 100 kilometres from the clinic. More clinics will open over the next days and weeks, including one in Millbrook First Nation.

“We continue to prioritize vaccinations for those who are most vulnerable and at highest risk,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health in the release.

As of Sunday, Feb. 21, 27,521 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 11,533 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,510 tests on Sunday.

Rapid testing will be available on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Halifax Convention Centre between 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 192,854 tests. There have been 521 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths.

Contact-tracing scam

An email scam that’s related to Nova Scotia Health’s COVID-19 contact tracing efforts is currently targeting Nova Scotians.

The phishing email, which has Nova Scotia Health as the sender, asks people to complete a contact tracing form. In a news release, Nova Scotia Health is asking the public not to click on any links within the email and to delete the email immediately.

“Public Health does not send emails asking the public to complete a contact tracing form. All efforts related to contact tracing in Nova Scotia take place by phone and are carried out by Public Health officials,” said the news release.

Testing encouraged

Provincial health authorities strongly encourage Nova Scotians to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing; particularly if they have had several social interactions, even within their own social circles. Appointments can be booked at covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca, by choosing the asymptomatic option.

More information on testing can be found at www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting.

Book an online test on the self-assessment website if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

  • fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)

Or two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

  • sore throat
  • runny nose/nasal congestion
  • headache
  • shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia.

Nebal Snan is a local journalism initiative reporter, a position funded by the federal government.


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