COVID-19: NS Reports 581 New Cases, QEII Hospital Outbreak – Halifax | The Canadian News

Nova Scotia reported 581 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

According to a statement from the province, there are 420 new cases in the Central Zone, 62 in the Eastern Zone, 42 in the North Zone and 57 in the Western Zone.

Nova Scotia Health labs completed 4,851 tests Sunday.

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The statement said the Nova Scotia Health Authority is also reporting an outbreak in a room at the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Center.

“Currently, there are a very low number of affected patients (less than five), and all patients are being closely monitored and other infection prevention and control measures are being implemented,” he said.

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Test changes

The province previously announced that it is making changes to its COVID-19 testing programas it continues to report a large number of infections caused by the Omicron variant.

Beginning Monday, people who are in close contact with a COVID-19 case, or who have symptoms, will need to complete the online self-assessment to see if they need a PCR test or a rapid test.

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CRP testing is being prioritized for people who are close contacts, have symptoms and are at increased risk of serious illness, live in collective settings, or are essential to keep the healthcare system running.

All other people who need a test but do not meet those criteria will need to take a rapid test instead.

Those who test positive for a rapid test should notify public health by emailing their name, date of birth, health card number, and contact information to [email protected]. They also need to advise their close contacts and isolate themselves.

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