Coronavirus Canada update: Halifax Regional Police officer tests positive for COVID-19

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Coronavirus Canada update: Halifax Regional Police officer tests positive for COVID-19
Coronavirus Canada update: Halifax Regional Police officer tests positive for COVID-19

Nova Scotia recorded 21 new COVID-19 positive results on Saturday, including a Halifax Regional Police officer — bringing the province’s total to 428.

So far, 95 people have recovered from COVID-19 and two have died.

The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 885 Nova Scotia tests on Friday and is operating 24-hours per day. The province has reported 13,682 negative results.

There are eight people in hospital because of the virus. Four are in intensive care.

On Saturday, Halifax police announced one of its officers had tested positive. The force is working with Public Health to identify others who may need testing.

The employee who tested positive has not been at work since April 5. Since that time, police said all workplaces and vehicles have been sanitized.

Possible COVID-19 exposures in Halifax region

The Nova Scotia Health Authority said there were potential new COVID-19 exposures in the Halifax region.

One of the locations is the Atlantic Superstore at 9 Braemar Drive in Dartmouth between April 2-6 and April 8. An employee at that location recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Another location is Scotia Tire at 975 Cole Harbour Road in Dartmouth on April 6.

The health authority also listed a few Halifax Transit routes:

Route 60 at 6:10 a.m.-7:10 a.m. leaving Eastern Passage on April 2-6.
Route 10 at 6:40 a.m.-7:40 a.m. Dalhousie on April 2-6.
Route 62 at 4:50 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. Wildwood on April 2-6.
Route 60 at 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. heading toward Eastern Passage on April 2-6.
Route 60 at 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. leaving Eastern Passage on April 8.

Public Health is contacting anyone who is known to be a close contact of the people confirmed to have COVID-19, but said it could be unaware of some contacts.

Anyone exposed to the virus on the named dates at these locations may develop symptoms up to and including April 22.

In a news release, Premier Stephen McNeil said Easter and Passover celebrations for this weekend are “going to look a little bit different.”

He urged people not to get together or have family dinners and encouraged residents to keep in touch by phone or video chat.

“There will be other long weekends,” he said. “There will be other times to see family and friends. But if we do not follow public health protocols, we reduce the chances of having those gatherings sooner.”

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