Nova Scotia’s most recent COVID-19 case was home-care nurse, Strang says

September 9, 2020
Nova Scotia's most recent COVID-19 case was home-care nurse, Strang says

Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health says the most recent case of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia was a home-care nurse in the province’s central health zone.

The new case was announced Monday.

In a news briefing Wednesday, Dr. Robert Strang said the individual had COVID-19 “several months ago” and had recovered. He said the individual’s most recent test results were inconclusive, and public health is working with their local and national labs “to see if it’s a true case of reinfection or not.”

“In the meantime, out of an abundance of caution, we are assuming that this is a new positive case and taking the appropriate public health measures,” he said.

He said the person wore full personal protective equipment and followed infection controls while working. He said public health is following up with their household and social contacts, and have been working with the home-care agency assessing each home-care client to determine their risk of exposure.

No new cases

Meanwhile, the province is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

There are currently three active cases in the province and no one is in hospital.

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 801 tests on Tuesday, according to a news release from the Department of Health.

Public Health is also warning of possible COVID-19 exposure at the Canada Games Centre in Halifax.

To date, Nova Scotia has had 1,086 positive cases and 65 deaths. No one is currently in hospital. 

Strang and Premier Stephen McNeil provided a COVID-19 update Wednesday. It was live streamed on the province’s YouTube channel.

The latest numbers from around the Atlantic bubble are:

  • P.E.I. reported two new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of active cases to nine.
  • New Brunswick reported no new cases on Tuesday with two active cases.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported no new cases and has two active cases as of Tuesday.


Anyone with one of the following symptoms of COVID-19 should go to this website to see if they should call 811 for further assessment:

  • Fever.
  • Cough or worsening of a previous cough.

Anyone with two or more of the following symptoms is also asked to visit the 811 website:

  • Sore throat.
  • Headache.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Runny nose.

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