Nova Scotian woman's death several weeks ago linked to COVID-19 –

The cause of the death of a woman in her 60s several weeks ago has now been attributed to COVID-19.

“My thoughts are with this individual’s family and loved ones who have been grieving these past weeks,” Premier Stephen McNeil said in a daily Health and Wellness update in which the province announced the COVID death and that no new cases of the virus had been identified in Nova Scotia.

 “This virus has taken a toll on us, but Nova Scotians are strong,” McNeil said. “We must continue to work together and follow the public health advice as we open our economy, communities and businesses.”

The province has now experienced 64 COVID deaths.

The Health and Wellness release said the woman who died several weeks ago lived in the Eastern Zone and had underlying medical conditions. Her death has been under investigation since then to determine if COVID-19 was a factor. 

She was not a resident of a long-term care home.

Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health, echoed the premier’s condolences for the woman’s family and loved ones.

“The individual’s case of COVID-19 was previously reported,” Strang said. “We have updated the numbers to reflect the death.”

To date, Nova Scotia has 62,861 negative test results, 1,067 positive COVID-19 cases, 64 deaths and 1,003 resolved cases.

No new cases of the virus were identified in the province Tuesday, a day in which the QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 418 Nova Scotia tests.

Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90 and have been identified in all parts of the province. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Anyone in the province who experiences symptoms of fever, cough or worsening cough, sore throat, headache, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sneezing, nasal congestion, hoarse voice, diarrhea, unusual fatigue, loss of smell or taste or red purple or blueish lesions on the feet, toes, or fingers is encouraged to visit to determine if a further call to 811 for additional assessment is required.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

As of July 3, interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the requirement to self-isolate for permanent Atlantic Canadian residents, is permitted. All public health directives of each province must be followed. 

Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must self-isolate for 14 days. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic province may travel to Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.

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