'Let's keep up the good work': Nova Scotia reports no new COVID-19 cases Thursday

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Nova Scotia reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

There are 11 known active cases in the province. One person is in hospital.

"We wouldn't be where we are today without the co-operation and willingness of Nova Scotians to follow the public health protocols," Premier Stephen McNeil said in a news release from the Department of Health and Wellness.

"I thank everyone for their patience in abiding by the restrictions we have in place to protect each other's health, and for the collective effort to contain the virus."

The province has reported fewer than 10 cases a day since Jan. 7.

Communications Nova Scotia
Communications Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia labs completed 1,763 tests on Wednesday.

Dr. Robert Strang, the province's chief medical officer of health, has been urging Nova Scotians not to become complacent because of the low numbers of new COVID-19 cases in the province, but on Thursday, he offered encouraging words.

"It is evident that people are taking our public health protocols seriously as we continue to see low numbers of new cases," Strang said in the release. "Let's keep up the good work and continue to follow all of the public health measures."

McNeil and Strang are expected to provide an update on COVID-19 in the province on Friday at 1 p.m.

Earlier this week, Strang outlined a three-month plan for prioritizing vaccinations amid supply constraints.

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Jon Cherry/Getty Images

Pfizer-BioNTech announced Jan. 19 there would be no new shipments of the vaccine to Canada this week as it pauses production in Belgium to increase long-term capacity.

Strang said the province has been focusing on vaccinating front-line health workers and those directly involved in the COVID-19 response.

Seven long-term care facilities across the province were expected to have vaccines to start their immunization programs Thursday.

As of Wednesday, 13,504 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the province, including 2,709 second doses.

Potential exposures

On Thursday, Public Health issued an advisory for a Jan. 26 WestJet flight from Toronto to Halifax.

Anyone who was on WestJet flight 3346 in rows 1-6, seats A, B and C should book a COVID-19 test on the self-assessment website or contact 811, regardless of whether you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Anyone exposed to COVID-19 on this flight may develop symptoms up to, and including, Feb. 9.

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