Potential exposure to COVID-19 at locations in Western and Central Zones

Nova Scotia Health Public Health is advising of potential exposure to COVID-19 at locations in Western and Central Zones. In addition to media releases, all potential exposure notifications are listed here: http://www.nshealth.ca/covid-exposures.

Anyone who worked at or visited the following locations on the specified date and time should visit covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ 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 locations, 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.

· Winners – Mic Mac Mall (21 Micmac Blvd., Dartmouth) on June 15 between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 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, June 29.

· YMCA Lunenburg County, EXCLUDES Childcare Centre (75 High Street, Bridgewater) on:
o June 16 between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
o June 17 between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
o June 18 between 4:30 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.

Regardless of whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms, those present at the following location on the named dates and times for at least 15 minutes are required to self-isolate while waiting for their test results. If you get a negative result, you do not need to keep self-isolating, however, you are asked to get retested 6-8 days and 12-14 days after this exposure. If you get a positive result, you will be contacted by Public Health about what to do next.
*Exception*: If patrons present at this location, at this time, have completed their series of vaccines, and their last dose was two weeks prior to the exposure, they do not need to isolate pending their results, given they are asymptomatic.

· YMCA Lunenburg County, Main Floor Fitness Centre ONLY (75 High Street, Bridgewater) on:
o June 16 between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
o June 17 between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
o June 18 between 4:30 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.

Please Note: Nova Scotians now also have the option to access their results online at c19results.nshealth.ca/. To be eligible to receive results online, by email or by auto call, you need to bring a provincial health card or student ID with you to your testing appointment. It can take up to 72 hours to receive or access test results. It is not unusual for two or more family members to be tested at the same time and receive results at different times.

Do not go directly to a COVID-19 assessment centre without being directed to do so. Please book an appointment online or call 811 and do not go to a pop-up rapid testing location.

Currently, anyone who traveled outside of Nova Scotia is expected to self-isolate alone for 14 days after arriving. If a person returning from non-essential travel outside of Nova Scotia is unable to isolate alone, then everyone in the home where they are 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.