NS Approaches End of the COVID Tunnel
Reporting on new cases of the coronavirus in Nova Scotia is quickly becoming a thing of the past. For the second day, the province has zero new cases, and that is not because testing as been reduced. In fact, the microbiology lab at the QEII health sciences centre tested 763 people yesterday.
The news reinforces and perhaps may hasten provincial efforts to restart the economy and allow people to get back to some semblance of normalcy. Restrictions on movement and gathering have been in place since March 20th and only now are we seeing baby steps to remove the barriers to life as we knew it.
Premier Stephen McNeil says, “As we come out of an unprecedented period of public health restrictions, I ask Nova Scotians to think local and support local. Please be patient as we all adapt together.”
The premier has said repeatedly that he takes his lead from science, from the Nova Scotia experience, trusting in the advice of his chief medical officer of health. It is that man, Dr. Robert Strang who says, “We're in this together and all of the planning will only work if everyone co-operates. Please remember that COVID-19 is still here, and we all need to be cautious and safe.”
Today, there are only three people in hospital, though two of them are in intensive care. There is only one long-term care home, Northwood in Halifax, currently tending to positive cases, and even there that has been reduced to one resident and one member of staff.
Many businesses reopened yesterday. Child care facilities will reopen in just over a week. Families or neighbours can now gather as a two household bubble, while social setting now allow up to ten, albeit with social distancing rules in place.
All of this leading to relaxation of the restrictions and guidelines which allowed us to wrestle control of our province from the grip of a new virus that attacks at random with no known cure or relief.
Over forty-six thousands tests have been completed, revealing 45,094 Nova Scotians had negative results, while another 1,058 proved positive. Sixty-one people died across the province, almost all seniors and most in long-term care facilities, especially Northwood, the largest such facility. Nine-hundred and ninety-nine people were infected but recovered and their cases of COVID-19 are now considered resolved.
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