Today, Tuesday September 1, the Province of Nova Scotia is reporting no new cases of COVID-19.
The province currently has six active cases and tested 767 people on Monday, August 31.
Yesterday, the province identified and reported a case in a student attending Université Sainte-Anne. The student is reported not to have self-isolated properly. Public health is working to identify close contacts.
“The positive and probable cases we announced yesterday are the reason we have a testing strategy in place for post-secondary students. It’s helping us detect and manage cases early,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health for Nova Scotia.
“The testing strategy does not replace the need to follow other public health measures. The combination of testing, self-isolating and digital check-ins will help to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff, and their neighbouring communities.”
Plan For Cases In Schools
With the return to public school just days away in Nova Scotia, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Doctor Theresa Tam says Canadians should plan to see cases of COVID-19 in schools when students return to class.
“I do think that people should expect to come across cases in the school year, because this is inevitable,” said Dr. Tam.
“The key is to spot those cases quickly, manage those small clusters, don’t let them spread, and see if we can’t adapt our protocols and live with the virus.”
Nova Scotia students and teachers return to class on Tuesday, September 8. Students in grades 4 and up will be required to wear masks when they are not sitting at their desk sitting forward or when their desks are not two meters apart.