No new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, as N.S. marks one year since first case

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Allison Milley, a nurse at the IWK Health Centre, prepares a COVID-19 vaccine for the first seniors group to be vaccinated in a community-based clinic in Nova Scotia, on Feb. 22, 2021. (Communications Nova Scotia - image credit)
Allison Milley, a nurse at the IWK Health Centre, prepares a COVID-19 vaccine for the first seniors group to be vaccinated in a community-based clinic in Nova Scotia, on Feb. 22, 2021. (Communications Nova Scotia - image credit)

Nova Scotia health officials reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Monday — the one-year anniversary of the first presumptive cases of the coronavirus detected in the province.

There are now 17 active cases in the province. Nova Scotia Health labs completed 1,667 tests on Sunday.

"As we reflect on the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, we can be proud of our efforts to slow the spread of the virus," said Premier Iain Rankin in a release.

"This year has been far from easy, but Nova Scotians have stepped up and done their part by following the public health measures."

Nova Scotia Health issued a potential exposure notice for one location in the central health zone Monday.

Anyone who worked at or visited the Dartmouth IKEA on March 12 between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. is asked to book a COVID-19 test on the province's self-assessment website or by contacting 811. Anyone with symptoms has to self-isolate while awaiting their results. Anyone exposed may develop symptoms through March 26.

Vaccine eligibility expands

As of Monday, anyone who is 80 or older and was born between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31 can book an appointment online or by calling 1-833-797-7772 to get a vaccine at a community clinic. Previously, only those 80 and older born between January and April were eligible.

Starting Tuesday, those who are 63 or 64 years old can get the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine at a pharmacy or doctor's office by booking online or by phone at 1-833-797-7772.

Bookings cannot be done in person and walk-ins will be turned away.

As of March 14, the province said 48,077 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including 16,113 second doses.

4 ticketed under Health Protection Act

Meanwhile, Halifax Regional Police ticketed several people over the weekend for failing to comply with the Health Protection Act.

Just after 11 p.m. Friday, officers responded to a report of a social gathering at a home on South Street that was exceeding the provincially mandated gathering limits. Three men were given summary offence tickets for failing to follow the act.

About an hour later, in the early hours of Saturday, police responded to another social gathering at a home on Walnut Street. A woman there was given a summary offence ticket.

Violating section 71(1)(b) of the Health Protection Act carries a fine of $1,000.

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