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Nova Scotia reports eight new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, active cases rise to 52 – CTV News Atlantic

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HALIFAX —
Nova Scotia is reporting eight new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, as well as three recoveries, as the active number of cases in the province rises to 52.

Four new cases were identified in the Central zone, involving close contacts of previously reported cases.

The four other cases were identified in the Eastern Zone, three involving close contacts of previously reported cases and one remains under investigation.

“I encourage all Nova Scotians to get tested regularly and ensure you continue to keep a physical distance and wear a mask. Get both doses of your vaccine as soon as you can, if you haven’t already,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health in a release. “Doing all of this will help limit spread of the virus and allow us to have a more normal summer.” 

Public Health says there is now “limited community spread” in the Central zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.

“While we’ve seen case numbers in the single digits over the past few days, today’s number is a reminder that we can’t let our guard down,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “This morning I dropped into the Fall River Shoppers Drug Mart, and owner Brian MacDonald told me about how well the vaccination program is rolling out. Thanks to him and all of our pharmacies for being part of our vaccine program and success in keeping COVID case numbers low. Get vaccinated; get tested.” 

CASE DATA

Nova Scotia labs processed 2,913 tests on Friday, and have now processed a total of 951,797 since the start of the pandemic.

There have been 5,850 cumulative COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia. Of those, 5,706 people have recovered, and 92 have died due to COVID-19.

According to the province’s online dashboard, there are currently two individuals in hospital, with no one in an intensive care unit.

Since April 1, there have been 4,108 positive COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths. Of the new cases since April 1, 4,030 are now considered resolved.

There are cases confirmed across the province, but most have been identified in the Central zone, which contains the Halifax Regional Municipality.

The provincial government says cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama, the province’s electronic information system.

The numbers reflect where a person lives and not where their sample was collected.

  • Western zone: 290 cases (no active cases)
  • Central zone: 4,642 cases (38 active cases)
  • Northern zone: 301 cases (no active cases)
  • Eastern zone: 617 cases (14 active cases)

The provincial state of emergency, which was first declared on March 22, 2020, has been extended to July 11, 2021

VACCINE UPDATE

The province’s COVID-19 online dashboard provides an update on the number of vaccines that have been administered to date.

As of Friday, 961,653 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, with approximately 72.9 per cent of the province’s overall population having received at least one dose. Of those, 253,331 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

The province says it has received a total of 1,081,070 doses of COVID-19 vaccine since Dec. 15.

All Nova Scotians are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they are eligible. COVID-19 vaccination appointments can be made online or by phone at 1-833-797-7772.

MORE WALK-IN TESTING OPTIONS

Nova Scotia health is introducting several new walk-in testing centres and mobile units across the province. 

Testing is open to anyone and can be convenient for out-of-province visitors arriving in Nova Scotia, public health said in a release.

A list of locations offering walk-in PCR COVID-19 testing in addition to testing by appointment can be found on the health authority’s website. Rapid tests will not be offered at these locations.

Testing is available for all ages, for those who have symptoms, no symptoms (asymptomatic), have travelled or been to a potential exposure site and have been a close contact with a positive COVID case.

Public health is strongly encouraging Nova Scotians to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have had several social interactions, even with their own social circle.

COVID-19 tests can be booked through the province’s online self-assessment COVID-19 tool, or by calling 811.

People can also visit one of Nova Scotia’s rapid pop-up testing sites that continue to operate throughout the province.

Saturday, July 3:

  • East Preston Recreation Centre (24 Brooks Dr, East Preston) from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Richard Murray Design Building (5257 Morris St., Halifax) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Halifax Convention Centre (1650 Argyle St, Halifax) from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Bedford-Hammonds Plains Community Centre (202 Innovation Dr., Bedford) from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • St. Theresa’s Parish Hall (285 St. Peter’s Road, Sydney) from 2 to 7 p.m.

COVID ALERT APP

Canada’s COVID-19 Alert app is available in Nova Scotia.

The app, which can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or Google Play, notifies users if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

LIST OF SYMPTOMS

Anyone who experiences a fever or new or worsening cough, or two or more of the following new or worsening symptoms, is encouraged to take an online test or call 811 to determine if they need to be tested for COVID-19:

  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose/nasal congestion  

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Several brands of frozen mangoes recalled due to the possible Hepatitis A contamination – CTV News Montreal

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MONTREAL —
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced Friday that Montreal-based Nature’s Touch Frozen Food is recalling various brands of frozen mangoes because they may be contaminated with the hepatitis A virus.

The following products should not be consumed according to the CFIA:

  • Nature’s Touch Frozen Mangoes (2 kg)
  • Compliments Frozen Mangoes (600 g)
  • Irresistible Frozen Mangoes (600 g)
  • President’s Choice Frozen Mangoes (600 g)

All products have the words “best before November 2022” written on the package.

The products were sold in Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia and may have been sold in other provinces and territories.

Hepatitis A virus infection usually manifests itself as fever, general malaise, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and abdominal discomfort.

The infection can also cause jaundice.

Symptoms may appear up to 50 days after consumption.

The CFIA advises people who believe they have become ill after consuming a recalled product to contact a physician.

Recalled products should be discarded or returned to the store where they were purchased.

— this report by The Canadian Press was first published in French on July 30, 2021 

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Select frozen mango products recalled due to possible Hepatitis A contamination – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says select frozen mango products distributed in Ontario and several other provinces are being recalled due to possible Hepatitis A contamination.

Consumers are being warned not to eat various Nature’s Touch Frozen Food frozen mangoes, which were distributed in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Possibly National, Quebec, Saskatchewan.

CFIA says there have been some reported illnesses associated with consumption of the products.

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Frozen mangoes recalled over Hepatitis A risk – CBC.ca

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Four types of frozen mangoes are being recalled due to the risk of possible Hepatitis A contamination, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

The products being recalled include:

  • Frozen mangoes from Nature’s Touch
  • Mango Mania from Compliments
  • Mango chunks from Irresistibles
  • Mango chunks from President’s Choice

The affected products are all sold by Nature’s Touch Frozen Food Inc. with expiration dates of November and December 2022.

The impacted product has likely been distributed nationally, but has been sold in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

CFIA says the recall was sparked by a “foodborne illness outbreak” and that further recalls may be initiated.

Anyone who ate the products and is feeling ill is advised to call their doctor.

More information is available through the CFIA’s website.

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