Nova Scotia Reports 561 New COVID-19 Cases Tuesday; Halifax Infirmary Outbreak Update

Nova Scotia reported 561 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Public health says that 430 cases are in the central area of ​​the province, 54 in the eastern area, 39 cases in the northern area and 38 in the western area.

On Monday, Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 4,292 tests.

The province did not provide an update on recoveries, hospitalizations, vaccinations or the current active case count on Tuesday.

Due to an increase in tests and positive cases, the public health says it is experiencing delays in follow-up.

All cases will be asked to contact their close contacts. This may be the only contact that has a positive case with public health.

Public health is prioritizing contact tracing in long-term care, health centers, prisons, shelters, and other group settings.


Health officials say there is a new positive COVID-19 case related to the outbreak in a room at the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Center in Halifax.

“There are now six patients who have tested positive. All patients are being closely monitored and other infection prevention and control measures are being implemented,” a statement read Tuesday.

Public health says staff testing is underway.


In the future, laboratory-processed COVID-19 tests known as PCR tests will be reserved for people who are considered to be at higher risk. Other Nova Scotians, who are close contacts or have symptoms, will be asked to make an appointment to pick up a rapid test kit to be tested at home.

The change comes as lab resources reach capacity and COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

Take-home rapid test kits can be picked up by appointment at one of 30 testing centers across the province after calling 811 or completing a COVID-19 screening self-assessment. Each box contains five tests, allowing one person to test themselves every 24 to 48 hours for a week.

Public health is urging people not to accumulate evidence, to use tests when necessary, for example if they have symptoms or if they have been identified as a close contact, and to limit contacts.

Anyone who tests positive is asked to isolate themselves, notify their close contacts, and contact public health by emailing [email protected] and including their name, date of birth, card number, health and contact information.

To be eligible for a PCR test, you must have symptoms or have been identified as close contacts and be one of the following:

– 50 years and over

– Not vaccinated (less than the complete vaccination series) and over 12 years old

– Live or work in the following congregational settings:

  • Long-term care home
  • Residential care facilities
  • Corrections
  • Shelters and transitional houses
  • Intensive care settings

– Adults from First Nations and Africans from Nova Scotia

– Frontline healthcare workers with direct patient care (i.e. family doctors, nurse practitioners, dentist) and first responders.

– Adults 18 to 49 years of age with one or more risk factors for serious disease:

  • Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Chronic lung disease, including poorly controlled asthma (eg, with medication or hospitalization in the past 12 months)
  • Chronic kidney disease, including those on dialysis
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, Huntington’s disease
  • Immunosuppressed or undergoing immunosuppressive treatment
  • Children and young people under 18 years of age with any of the following conditions:
  • History of prematurity <29 weeks
  • Chronic lung disease including chronic lung disease of prematurity, cystic fibrosis, and severe asthma
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis
  • Obesity (BMI> 30 kg / m2)

– Pregnant

PCR tests are also available for people who require one for a medical procedure or for travelers who are not vaccinated or who need 2 negative PCR tests to stop isolating after at least seven days.


Canada’s COVID-19 Alert App is available in Nova Scotia.

The app, which can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or Google Play, notifies users if they may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.


Anyone experiencing a new or worsening fever or cough, or two or more of the following new or worsening symptoms, is encouraged to take a test online or call 811 to determine if they need to be tested for COVID- 19:

  • Throat pain
  • Headache
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Runny nose / nasal congestion

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