Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has announced there are three unrelated clusters of COVID-19 in the Northern Zone.
An individual didn’t isolate when they returned to Nova Scotia and infected others. Three others, a close contact and two individuals at a restaurant contracted the virus from the non-isolating individual.
This individual who brought COVID-19 into Nova Scotia didn’t believe they had to isolate and were exempt. They had been travelling for personal reasons and not for work reasons that may have allowed for an exemption.
Another cluster of cases is related to someone who was permitted to come to Nova Scotia for work, but later tested positive in their home province. An individual in Nova Scotia contracted the virus from the worker and then three close contacts of the Nova Scotian contracted the virus.
The other cluster involve two foreign workers who traveled to Nova Scotia for work purposes and had been self-isolating as required. They were tested as part of their employer’s protocol.
“There is a clear message to Nova Scotians. We are in this pandemic for the long haul.” said Dr. Strang.
“I also want to emphasize to people, if you are supposed to be self-isolating, you need to do so. The stakes are simply too high to disregard the rules. If you are unclear on the rules ask and err on the side of caution by isolating while you’re waiting to get the answer.”
There was one new case of COVID-19 today in Nova Scotia. Located in the Northern zone, it was related to a previously announced case.
There are currently five active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There have been 1,081 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths.