Halifax Driving Nova Scotia’s COVID Count
Nova Scotia’s COVID count jumped to 44 today with the news that eleven new infections were identified yesterday through testing.
All 11 new cases are in Central Zone where special new public health restrictions go into place on Monday.
There was one other positive test detected last night that is not included in Nova Scotia Health reporting. That’s because the latest test is part of a pilot project just launched in HRM. It’s a rapid COVID-19 screening program for bar staff and patrons in downtown Halifax.
About 150 rapid tests were done, most on staff. Of 10 patrons tested, one was positive. That person also underwent the standard test, which provides a higher level of accuracy. Results are pending, and the person has been self-isolating since last night.
Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer says, “The majority of new cases we are seeing involve social interactions — people who may or may not be symptomatic going downtown with friends and staying for several hours. Last night's pilot provides us more information as our testing and screening strategy continues to evolve.”
Meanwhile, Halifax Police issued a $1,000 ticket for illegal public gathering at a city house party.
The new restrictions in metro Halifax and parts of Hants County—effect tomorrow—can be found at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/county-restrictions/.
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