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Overview of today’s cases
Potential exposure advisories

Nova Scotia announced 38 new cases of COVID-19 today, Wednesday, Nov. 3.

By Nova Scotia Health zone, the new cases break down as:
• 19 Central
• 14 Western
• 4 Northern
• 1 Eastern
The Western Zone cases are 9 in the Lunenburg & Queens area, and 5 in the Yarmouth area. About today’s relatively high case number, the Department of Health notes that “Nova Scotia Health Authority’s (NSHA’s) public health team is investigating these new cases to understand the circumstances around the increased numbers.”

There are now 180 known active cases in the province. Eight people are in hospital with the disease, but none in ICU. Nineteen people are considered newly recovered, which means they are no longer contagious and not necessarily that they aren’t sick.


Yesterday, 1,870 doses of vaccine were administered — 461 first doses, 1,013 second doses, and 396 third doses.

By end of day yesterday, 83.3% of the entire population (including young children) have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 78.7% have received at least two doses.

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

People in rural areas who need transportation to a vaccination appointment 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.


By age cohort, the 59 new cases break down as:
• 13 are aged 0-11
• 8 are aged 12-19
• 8 are aged 20-39
• 8 are aged 40-59
• 1 is aged 60-79
• 0 are aged 80 or older

The active cases across the province are distributed as follows:

Central Zone
• 49 in the Halifax Peninsula/Chebucto Community Health Network
• 14 in the Dartmouth/Southeastern Community Health Network
• 39 in the Bedford/Sackville Community Health Network
• 0 in the Eastern Shore/Musquodoboit Community Health Network
• 0 in the West Hants Community Health Network
• 10 not assigned to a Community Health Network
Total: 112

Eastern Zone
• 18 in the Cape Breton Community Health Network
• 0 in the Inverness, Victoria & Richmond Community Health Network
• 0 in the Antigonish & Guysborough Community Health Network
Total: 18

Northern Zone
• 2 in the Colchester/East Hants Community Health Network
• 3 in the Pictou Community Health Network
• 21 in the Cumberland Community Health Network
Total: 26

Western Zone
• 10 in the Annapolis and Kings Community Health Network
• 9 in the Lunenburg & Queens Community Health Network
• 5 in the Yarmouth, Shelburne & Digby Community Health Network
Total: 24


Nova Scotia Health labs completed 3,331 PCR tests yesterday. This does not include the antigen tests administered at the 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:

Halifax Convention Centre, noon-7pm
Alderney Gate,  10am-2pm

Halifax Convention Centre, noon-7pm
Maggies Place (Family Resource Centre, Amherst),  9am-noon and 4-7pm

Halifax Convention Centre, noon-7pm
Maggies Place (Family Resource Centre, Amherst),  10am-6pm

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

Nova Scotia Health issued several potential COVID exposure advisories last night, and three school-connected case announcements yesterday.

We’ve collected all the active advisories for potential COVID exposures on bus routes and flights here. I’ll be adding schools to the map tonight.

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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