Nova Scotia reports 1 new COVID-19 death, 3 new active cases

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Nova Scotia is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 and the province's first death related to the virus since last summer. (Evan Mitsui/CBC - image credit)
Nova Scotia is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 and the province's first death related to the virus since last summer. (Evan Mitsui/CBC - image credit)

Nova Scotia reported a 66th COVID-19 death on Thursday, the first for the province since last August.

The woman who died was over the age of 80 and was in the central health zone.

"On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I extend my condolences to the family and loved ones of this individual," Premier Iain Rankin said in a news release.

"It's important that we continue to do everything we can to continue to slow the spread of the virus in our province."

There are three new cases of the virus in Nova Scotia, all in the central zone.

Two of the cases are close contacts of people who have already tested positive.

The third person contracted the virus while travelling outside of Atlantic Canada. That person is self-isolating.

New exposure alerts

Thursday evening, the province issued new exposure alerts in two central zone locations.

Anyone who worked at or visited the following locations on the specified dates and times should book a COVID-19 test on the self-assessment website or by contacting 811, regardless of whether they have COVID-19 symptoms.

Individuals who were at the following location during the listed times do not have to self-isolate while they await test results, unless they have symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Superstore Porters Lake at 5240 Highway #7, Porters Lake, on March 12 between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Anyone exposed may develop symptoms through March 26.

Individuals who were at the following location during the listed times must self-isolate while they await test results, regardless of whether they have symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Mount Uniacke Pub and Eatery at 125 Highway 1, Mount Uniacke, on March 12 between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. and March 13 between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Anyone exposed may develop symptoms through March 27.

Due to the recent potential exposure alerts in Mount Uniacke, the province's public health mobile unit will be available in Mount Uniacke over the next couple of days at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 165 at 18 Veterans Lane on Friday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

People can visit mobile testing units if they don't have any symptoms, if they aren't a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, and are not isolating due to travel outside of the province.

Drop-in and pre-booked appointments are available at this location, but residents are encouraged to book ahead via the self-assessment website or calling 811.

More information about upcoming locations of mobile testing units can be found on the NSHA website.

One person in hospital

There are 17 known active cases of the virus in Nova Scotia. One person is in hospital related to the virus.

The labs at Nova Scotia Health have completed 2,900 tests on Wednesday.

So far, 55,176 does of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, of that 18,983 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Here is what is happening around the Atlantic provinces:

  • New Brunswick reported seven new case on Thursday for a total of 48 known active cases. One person is in hospital related to COVID-19.

  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported one new case on Thursday. The province has 34 known active cases. Two people are in hospital related to COVID-19.

  • P.E.I. reported zero new cases on Wednesday and has four active cases.

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