N.S. reports two new cases of COVID-19, as care home still has 16 sick residents

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia has identified two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 1,048.

In Friday's report, the province said the Northwood long-term care facility in Halifax — where 52 of the province's 58 deaths have occurred — currently has 16 residents and four staff with active cases.

Northwood, the largest long-term care home east of Montreal, has been the site of Nova Scotia's worst outbreak.

The premier has said the virus entered the facility through asymptomatic people and spread among the more than 400 residents.

He said that there will be a "conversation" about how to prevent a similar outbreak in the future.

Meanwhile, the province announced Friday the list of symptoms that should prompt individuals to seek approval for a  COVID-19 has been expanded — a change that has been implemented in all provinces.

"As we move out of the first pandemic wave, it remains important to test anyone who has symptoms that could be due to COVID-19," said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health.

Individuals who present with any one of the following symptoms are being asked to check the province's 811 website to determine if they should call for further assessment:

— fever, chills and sweats.

— cough or worsening of a previous cough

— sore throat

— headache

— shortness of breath

— muscle aches

— sneezing

— nasal congestion and/or runny nose

— hoarse voice

— diarrhea

— unusual fatigue

— loss of sense of smell or taste

— red, purple or bluish lesions on the feet, toes or fingers without clear cause

Eight people in Nova Scotia are in hospital with COVID-19, and there are four people in intensive care being treated for the illness.

The province says 961 of the 1,048 people who tested positive for the virus have now recovered.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 22, 2020.


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