As of today, Dec. 19, Nova Scotia has 46 active cases of COVID-19. Two new cases are being reported today.
One new case is in Western Zone and the other is in Eastern Zone. Both cases are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required.
As confirmed publicly by Eskasoni Chief Leroy Denny, the case in Eastern Zone is in the Eskasoni First Nation community. Public health continues to work closely with Chief Denny to manage the case. Contact tracing is underway and at this point, there is no evidence of community spread.
“Though cases are down, COVID-19 is still here and we have to keep up our efforts to slow the spread,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Our public health team works hard to contain the virus, and by following all the public health protocols, we are helping them and protecting each other. And let’s not forget another important part of battling this virus — being kind to one another.”
Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,111 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 18.
Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 96,829 tests. There have been 356 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. Three hundred and 10 cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.
“Our case numbers are going in the right direction, but we need to remain vigilant to ensure the virus does not spread during the holiday season,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “The best holiday gift we can give our loved ones is to protect each other by following all the public health measures, especially keeping our gatherings small.”