June 3 Summary:

  • 1 new case of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia  - case is in Eastern Zone and followed travel outside the province. Individual has been in self-isolation since returning to Nova Scotia.
  • 1,058 confirmed cases in Nova Scotia as of today, June 3.
  • Cases range in age of under 10 to over 90 years old.
  • 3 people are hospitalized, 1 person is in ICU, and 60 people have died from COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.
  • 993 cases are now considered fully recovered from the virus.
  • Nova Scotia has 43,340 negative test results, with 1,058 confirmed cases.
  • Anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia, not just Canada, MUST self-isolate for 14 days when they return to Nova Scotia.
  • This is a novel virus, meaning anyone is at risk. Everyone must exercise precaution.
  • Accurate, up-to-date, comprehensive information can be found at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

Provincial Government:

  • QEII Microbiology Lab completed 639 tests in the last 24 hours.
  • Of those, 1 tested positive for COVID-19.
  • As many businesses, including restaurants, prepare to reopen this Friday, people must remember to only dine out and sit at the same table with those in your household or bubble.
  • People can interact with those outside their household/bubble at a restaurant but they must sit at separate tables at least 6ft apart and maintain distancing.
  • 1 licensed long-term care home in Nova Scotia has active cases of COVID-19; Northwood in Halifax currently has 3 residents and 2 staff with COVID-19.
  • Most businesses forced to close under the Health Protection Act due to COVID-19 can reopen as of this Friday, June 5.
  • Licensed daycare centres and family daycare providers can reopen Monday, June 15.
  • Public Health guidelines for daycares available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/education/
  • NSHA is now offering the option to receive negative test results for COVID-19 through e-mail, as opposed to over the phone; however, positive results will always be communicated by phone.
  • Although optional, people with e-mail who get tested for COVID-19 are encouraged to receive negative test results this way, as it allows for a quicker response time.
  • Although we’ve flattened the curve here in Nova Scotia and are presently seeing little to no cases of COVID-19, we can still anticipate sporadic cases as the days and weeks go forward, with a potential second wave in the fall/winter.
  • That’s why despite relaxing certain restrictions , it’s still crucial that people adhere to any rules or guidelines released by Public Health, in order to curb a second wave of COVID-19 as best we can.
  • Government has launched a Preparing to Reopen Nova Scotia website: https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia/
  • The list of symptoms being screened for COVID-19 has expanded to include fever (i.e. 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, and red, purple or blueish lesions on the feet, toes or fingers without clear cause.
  • People with any one or more of the following symptoms should visit 811.ca to determine if they should call 811 for a further assessment.
  • For more on government support for Nova Scotians and businesses: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/support/
  • This is a time of unprecedented difficulty for our province; never hesitate to reach out and talk to someone:
  • The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll free)
  • Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)
  • Morneau Shepell has also opened its 24/7 bilingual crisis support line to help anyone in need of emotional support as a result of these tragic events. Their number is 1-844-751-2133
  • The province has also created an online tool to help businesses and non-profits clarify if they can remain open, and how they can comply with public health orders:

https://covid19-employer-assessment.novascotia.ca/en

  • A new extended hours phone line has been set up for people wanting information on income assistance eligibility from the Department of Community Services
  • Call toll-free 1-833-722-1417 from Monday to Friday 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During regular business hours, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. call the regular toll-free line at 1-877-424-1177.

Federal Government:

  • Prime Minister Trudeau announced yesterday that $2.2 billion in funding delivered through the federal Gas Tax Fund will be delivered in one payment in June, to help communities move forward with important infrastructure projects to restart their local economies.
  • In past years, payments to communities through the federal Gas Tax Fund have typically been made in two instalments, in summer and later in the year.
  • The federal Gas Tax Fund is a long-term, indexed source of funding for over 3,600 communities across the country. In recent years, it has supported thousands of projects annually.
  • As of today June 3 there are over 93,044 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, with 7,495 deaths.
  • 1,751,620+ COVID- 19 tests have been performed.
  • 50,984 Canadians have recovered from the virus.
  • Statistics Canada is still collecting data on the impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians. All Canadians participate by completing a short online questionnaire through a secure platform. Details and the questionnaire can be found here: https://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/survey/household/5311-COVID-19

Top Questions:

  1. I am a business that does not belong to an association or organization. How do I re-open?
    Response: We encourage businesses and organizations to  visit http://www.novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia for additional details with respect to reopening – both for business that were forced to close as a result of COVID-19 and those that weren’t. Businesses who are not represented by an association and do not have an approved specific set of guidelines to follow are permitted to open – however they must be able to adhere to public health directives (no gatherings of more than 10 people and an ability to maintain physical distancing of 6ft or 2meters apart. While these businesses are not required to submit an individual plan to public health – they are strongly encouraged to have a plan in place and readily available should it be requested.
  1. Today, the Premier indicated that businesses such as restaurants and food establishments can continue to sell alcohol with delivery. Until when?
    Response: Licensed food establishments will be able to continue selling alcohol with food delivery until further notice / indefinitely.

*All Nova Scotians are encouraged to find accurate and up-to-date information at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus and/or https://canada.ca/coronavirus  

*Government of Canada toll-free information line is: 1-833-784-4397.

*The Premier, alongside senior public health officials, will continue hosting regular press conferences to update the general public on the evolving situation. The next press conference will take place Friday, June 5th at 3PM, and will be live-streamed. Everyone is encouraged to tune in via official Nova Scotia Government Channels. These channels include:

 

  1. https://novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast/   
  2. https://www.youtube.com/user/nsgov
  3. https://www.facebook.com/nsgov/
  4. https://twitter.com/nsgov

*All Nova Scotians are encouraged to find accurate and up-to-date information at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus and/or https://canada.ca/coronavirus

*Government of Canada toll-free information line is: 1-833-784-4397.

*The Premier, alongside senior public health officials, will continue hosting regular press conferences to update the general public on the evolving situation – however we will be breaking Friday, Saturday – and Sunday. We will resume these conferences at 3PM, Monday April 13th.  Everyone is encouraged to then tune in via official Nova Scotia Government Channels. These channels include