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Nova Scotia reports 19 new cases of COVID-19, 21 recoveries (Oct. 21, 2021)

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Nova Scotia reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 and 21 recoveries on Oct. 21.

Nine of the new cases are in Northern Zone, eight are in Central Zone, and two are in Western Zone.

The government is advising that there is community spread in Central Zone, primarily among unvaccinated people aged 20 to 40 who are participating in social activities.

A fifth patient in a non-COVID unit at Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville has tested positive for COVID-19. One patient is in intensive care at the hospital.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 163 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, 15 people are in hospital, including five in ICU.

On October 20, NSHA’s labs completed 3,648 tests.

Testing advice:

Nova Scotians with or without symptoms can book a test at: https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en for COVID-19 for COVID-19 testing centres across the province. Those eligible to receive asymptomatic testing are listed at: https://www.nshealth.ca/visit-covid-19-testing-site . Those with no symptoms who do not meet the criteria are encouraged to use one of the rapid testing pop-up sites if they want to be tested. Some public health mobile unit clinics also offer drop-in testing; this will be noted in promotions.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is advised to self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results, unless they are fully vaccinated. If they are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the exposure date, they do not need to self-isolate as long as they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. They should still get tested and should monitor for symptoms up to 14 days after the exposure date. If symptoms develop, they should get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.

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