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Potential exposure advisories

Nova Scotia announced 16 new cases of COVID-19 today (Friday, June 25).

Of today’s new cases, 15 are in Nova Scotia Health’s Central Zone — 11 are close contacts of previously announced cases and four are related to travel. “The close contacts are within a linked group of families and do not represent wide community spread,” says the province in a press release.

The 16th case is in the Eastern Zone and is related to travel.

There are now 60 known active cases in the province; two people are in hospital with the disease, neither of whom is in ICU; 15 people are considered newly recovered today.

Click here to see Nova Scotia’s reopening plan.

Here are the daily new case numbers and the seven-day rolling averages (today at 4.3) since March 28:

Here is the daily case count since the start of the pandemic in March 2020:

Here is the active caseload since March 28:

And here is the active caseload for the duration of the pandemic:


Yesterday, 19,129 doses of vaccine were administered; of those, 17,179 were second doses.. A total of 847,830 doses have been administered; of those, 147,001 were second doses. As of end of day yesterday, 72% of the entire population has received at least one dose of vaccine.

From March 15 to June 22, there were 2021 cases of COVID. Of those:
• 26 (0.6%) were fully vaccinated
• 219 (5.4%) were partially vaccinated
• 3,863 (94%) were unvaccinated

Over the same period, 252 people hospitalized. Of those:
• 2 (0.8%) were fully vaccinated
• 27 (10.7%) were partially vaccinated
• 223 (88.5%) were unvaccinated

And 26 people died. Of those:
• 1 (3.8%) was fully vaccinated
• 3 (11.5%) were partially vaccinated
• 22 (84.6%) were unvaccinated

In the above stats, “fully vaccinated” means at least two weeks had passed since the person received the second dose. “Partially vaccinated” means that at least two weeks had passed since the person received the first dose.

The graph above shows the number of people who have received one dose (blue line), the number who received two doses (green line), the number who received at least one dose (yellow line), with the 75% mark (orange line), over time, as recorded weekly on Fridays.

People 12 years old and older can book a vaccination appointment here.

People in rural areas who need transportation to a vaccine clinic should contact Rural Rides, which will get you there and back home for just $5. You need to book the ride 24 hours ahead of time.


The active cases across the province are distributed as follows:

Central Zone
• 38 in the Halifax Peninsula/Chebucto Community Health Network
• 3 in the Dartmouth/Southeastern Community Health Network
• 5 in the Bedford/Sackville Community Health Network
• 0 in the Eastern Shore/Musquodoboit Community Health Network
• 0 in the West Hants Community Health Network
• 2 not assigned to a Community Health Network
Total: 48

Eastern Zone
• 8 in the Cape Breton Community Health Network
• 1 in the Inverness, Victoria & Richmond Community Health Network
• 0 in the Antigonish & Guysborough Community Health Network
Total: 9

Northern Zone
• 0 in the Colchester/East Hants Community Health Network
• 0 in the Pictou Community Health Network
• 0 in the Cumberland Community Health Network
Total: 0

Western Zone
• 2 in the Annapolis and Kings Community Health Network
• 1 in the Lunenburg & Queens Community Health Network
• 0 in the Yarmouth, Shelburne & Digby Community Health Network
Total: 3


Nova Scotia Health labs completed 3,321 PCR tests yesterday. Additionally, 8,909 antigen tests were administered from June 18-24 at the various pop-up testing sites.

You do not need a health card to get tested.

Pop-up testing (antigen testing) is for asymptomatic people over 16 who have not been to the potential COVID exposure sites (see map below); results usually within 20 minutes. Pop-up testing has been scheduled for the following sites:

Alderney Gate, noon-7pm
Halifax Convention Centre, noon-7pm
Cole Harbour Place, noon-7pm
Sydney Fire Station (mobile pop-up event), 2-7pm

Alderney Gate, noon-7pm
Findlay Community Centre, noon-7pm
Halifax Convention Centre, noon-7pm
Point Pleasant Park, Halifax mobile unit at lower parking lot, noon-6pm
Sackville Sports Stadium, 11am-3pm
Sydney Fire Station (mobile pop-up event), 2-7pm

Findlay Community Centre, noon-7pm

You can volunteer to work at the pop-up testing sites here or here. No medical experience is necessary.

You can also get PCR testing at the Nova Scotia Health labs by going here. Appointments can be made for the IWK, or for various locations in each of the health zones (appointments may not be available at each site).

Potential exposure advisories

Public Health only issues potential exposure advisories when they think they may not have been able to contact all close contacts at that locale. The large majority of potential exposure sites never make it onto a public advisory.

Nova Scotia Health issued the following potential COVID exposure advisory last night:

Anyone who worked at or visited the following location on the specified date and times should visit to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms. You can also call 811 if you don’t have online access, or if you have other symptoms that concern you.

For the following location, if you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 you do not need to self-isolate while you wait for your test result. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you are required to self-isolate while you wait for your test result, as are the other members of your household.

· Atlantic Superstore (295 NS-214, Elmsdale) on June 18 between 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, July 2.

We’ve collected all the active advisories for potential COVID exposures on bus routes and flights here.

The updated potential COVID exposure advisory map is below; you can zoom in and click on the coronavirus icons to get information about each site.

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