Nova Scotia is reporting 12 new cases of COVID-19 today, January 6. This brings active cases in the province to 29.
Two cases are in the Western Zone. One case is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The other case is a close contact of a previously reported case.
One case is in the Eastern Zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The case is a student at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish who lives on campus. They have been self-isolating, as required.
Nine cases are in the Central Zone. Seven are close contacts to previously reported cases. One case is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The other case is under investigation.
One of the cases reported on January 4, which remains under investigation, has been identified as a student at Dalhousie University in Halifax who lives on campus.
Post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from outside of Atlantic Canada are strongly encouraged to visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test for day 6, 7, or 8 of their 14-day self-isolation period. COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked up to three days in advance.
“I want to welcome returning students and thank them for following public health protocols. I also remind asymptomatic students to get a COVID-19 test during their self-isolation,” said Premier Stephen McNeil.
“Staying vigilant and following all the protective measures will help keep our case numbers low as our vaccine program is rolled out across the province.”
Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 1,578 Nova Scotia tests yesterday.
“It is crucial that we all do our part to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health.
“Together we have the ability to stop the virus from spreading exponentially by limiting social contacts, practicing social distancing, wearing a mask, washing our hands and self-isolating when required.”