HALIFAX – Nova Scotia health officials reported a new case of COVID-19 on Wednesday.
The case is located in the central area of the province and is linked to displacement.
Six previously reported cases are now considered resolved, with the total number of active infections dropping to 39.
Public Health says it is closely monitoring the four health zones for community spread.
Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang confirmed at a press conference Wednesday afternoon that there is no more community spread in the Halifax area.
Nova Scotia labs processed 3,891 tests on Tuesday.
There have been 5,864 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia. Of these, 5,731 people have recovered and 92 have died from COVID-19.
Public health says there is a person in the hospital and they are in an intensive care unit.
There are confirmed cases across the province, but most have been identified in the central area, which includes the Halifax Regional Municipality.
The provincial government says cumulative cases by area may change as data is updated in Panorama, the province’s electronic information system.
The numbers reflect where a person lives, not where their sample was collected.
West zone: 290 cases (no active cases)
Central zone: 4,652 cases (25 active cases)
North zone: 301 cases (no active case)
East Zone: 619 cases (14 active cases)
The provincial state of emergency, which was first declared on March 22, 2020, has been extended until July 11, 2021.
SECOND DOSES INCREASED FOR SOME
More Nova Scotians can now bring forward the date for their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone who received their first dose on or before July 6 can now reschedule their second dose appointment to an earlier date.
Emails to schedule an appointment for the second dose will be emailed in the coming days, according to public health.
Health officials also said on Wednesday that anyone receiving their first dose of COVID-19 from July 7 will automatically receive an email to schedule their second dose thereafter.
Second dose rescheduling notices are sent to the email address provided when booking the first dose.
Anyone who has not provided an email or received a notification can call the toll-free line at 1-833-797-7772 to schedule or request that an email address be added and the notification issued.
SECOND DOSE WALK-INS OPEN FOR AGE 55 AND OVER AT HALIFAX
Nova Scotia announced on Wednesday that anyone 55 and older can now receive a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the Halifax Convention Center Clinic walk-in.
Public health says there are 400 doses of the Moderna vaccine available for walk-in visits to the Halifax Convention Center vaccine clinic on Wednesday. First dose vaccines are available for people 18 years of age and older and the second dose is available for people 55 years and older.
UPDATING THE VACCINE
The province’s COVID-19 online dashboard provides an update on the number of vaccines that have been administered to date.
As of Wednesday, 1,011,039 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered, with about 73.2% of the province’s total population having received at least one dose. Of these, 299,585 Nova Scotians received their second dose.
The province says it has received a total of 1,256,250 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since December 15.
All Nova Scotians are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they are eligible. COVID-19 vaccination appointments can be made online or by phone at 1-833-797-7772.
MORE WALK-IN TEST OPTIONS
The Nova Scotia Department of Health is establishing several new walk-in testing centers and mobile units across the province.
The tests are open to anyone and may be convenient for out-of-province visitors arriving in Nova Scotia, Public Health said in a statement.
A list of places offering walk-in COVID-19 PCR testing in addition to the appointment testing is available on the health authority’s website. Rapid tests will not be offered at these locations.
Testing is available for all ages, for those with symptoms, no symptoms (asymptomatic), who have traveled or been to a potential exposure site and have been in close contact with a positive COVID case.
Public health strongly encourages Nova Scotians to look for an asymptomatic COVID-19 test, especially if they have had multiple social interactions, even with their own social circle.
COVID-19 testing can be booked through the province’s online COVID-19 self-assessment tool, or by calling 811.
People can also visit one of Nova Scotia’s instant rapid test sites that continue to operate across the province.
Here is a list of the test sites that were open on Wednesday:
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 (1772 Bedford Hwy., Bedford) 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Halifax Convention Center (1650 Argyle St, Halifax) 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Alderney Gate, Main Entrance (60 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ephemeral mobile unit (296 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth) from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
COVID ALERT APPLICATION
Canada’s COVID-19 alert app is available in Nova Scotia.
The app, which can be downloaded through Apple’s App Store or Google Play, informs users if they may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
LIST OF SYMPTMS
Anyone who has a new or worsening fever or cough, or at least two of the following new or worsening symptoms, is encouraged to take an online test or call 811 to determine if they should have a blood test. COVID-19 screening:
Shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing
Runny nose or stuffy nose