As of today, Dec. 18, Nova Scotia has 48 active cases of COVID-19. Seven new cases are being reported today.
All the new cases are in Central Zone. Five of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases. The other two cases are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required.
“As we head into the last weekend before Christmas, let’s remember that we must stay vigilant to contain the virus,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Following public health guidelines has allowed us to slow the spread, and we need to keep up that good work because we know the virus wants us to let our guard down.”
Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,565 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 17.
There were 1,506 tests administered between Dec. 11-17 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Truro, Antigonish, Sydney, Halifax and Dartmouth.
Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 95,718 tests. There have been 354 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 six cases are now resolved. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.
“As our case numbers decline, we need to continue to limit our social contacts and non-essential travel. Stay home if you are feeling unwell,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “By following all the public health measures, we are protecting one another and slowing the spread of COVID-19.”