Second positive case of COVID-19 at St. F.X

Northwood staff nurse Amanda Parsons prepares doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for long-term care residents at Northwood’s Halifax campus on Monday Jan. 11 2021.- Communications Nova Scotia

A seniors advocacy group says Nova Scotia is being "too conservative" with COVID-19 vaccines.

Meanwhile, all post-secondary students coming back to Nova Scotia from anywhere except for Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are urged to book a COVID-19 test for day 6, 7 or 8 of their 14-day self-isolation period.

As much of the rest of Canada continues to see record-breaking numbers, Nova Scotia has managed to whittle its total caseload down to 28 active infections with no one now in hospital.

There was no live briefing today.

The release said the school was informed of the new case by Nova Scotia Public Health on Friday evening.

Yesterday, New Brunswick declared 24 new cases of the virus with 130 active cases across the province.

Anybody who travels to Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic provinces must self-isolate for 14 days after arriving.

"Seeing a low number of cases recently and now none today reflects the good work of Nova Scotians in following the public health protocols", said McNeil in a release issued on Sunday. However, the university has delayed the start of in-person classes to January 25 to allow returning students from New Brunswick time to complete their 14-day quarantine. The province doesn't break down active cases by zone, but COVID-19 has been most active in the central region this fall and indeed throughout the pandemic, which began last March.

Nova Scotia reported two other new cases on Saturday, one of which is a close contact of a previously reported case. Nova Scotia will make exemptions for people travelling between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia for work, notably in the Amherst-Sackville area, medical appointments and legal reasons including custody agreements.

However, the province is increasing the number of people allowed in retail shops from 25 percent capacity to 50 percent of their capacity.

Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang, also highlighted the milestone.

The third case in the eastern zone is a student at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish and is also related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada, they said. "Monday is a big day in our province with students returning to school". Classes that had been scheduled to be online for the entire term will remain online, the school said.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 124,483 tests.

"We'll be starting clincis for health-care workers - both acute care workers and long-term care workers - in both of those locations on Monday", Strang said.

The nonprofit group CARP, which advocates on behalf of older adults, questions if it's necessary for the province to be reserving second doses. No one is in hospital.

Only the northeastern end of the province from Bathurst along the Acadian Peninsula to Miramichi reported no new cases.



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