Update: Patrons of The Local on Nov. 9 asked to call 811 for COVID-19 testing

Public Health is now asking patrons who were at The Local Bar and Restaurant on Nov. 9 between 4 p.m. and close to call 811 to arrange for COVID-19 testing, whether they have symptoms or not.

A press release was issued on Nov. 13 regarding the potential exposure at The Local and asking anyone who was there to monitor for symptoms up to, and including, Nov. 23.

“Our investigation continues into several cases within the Central Zone, primarily in the Halifax area currently. At times, we gather information throughout our investigation that means we have to issue new information and advice,” says Dr. Claudia Sarbu, Regional Medical Officer of Health. “These steps are taken to help us contain and manage the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of Nova Scotians.”

Visit covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:
• fever or cough (new or worsening)
OR
• two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
o sore throat
o runny nose
o headache
o shortness of breath

You can also call 811 if you don’t have online access or if you have other symptoms that concern you.
Please remember:
• To self-isolate until you receive 811 advice on next steps.
• Do not go directly to a COVID-19 assessment centre without being directed to do so by 811.

Currently, anyone travelling to Nova Scotia from outside of the Atlantic Provinces is expected to self-isolate alone for 14 days after arriving. Effective Nov. 9, if a person travelling for non-essential reasons enters Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada, then everyone in the home where they are self-isolating will have to self-isolate as well.

When Nova Scotia Health Public Health makes a public notification it is not in any way a reflection on the behaviour or activities of those named in the notification.

All Nova Scotians are advised to continue monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms and are urged to follow Public Health guidelines on how to access care. Up to date information about COVID-19 is available at novascotia.ca/coronavirus

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