Nova Scotia COVID-19: Symptoms for Testing & NEW Self Isolation Rules for Nova Scotia(11/16/2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): symptoms and testing

Symptoms

Watch for symptoms. Symptoms can vary from person to person and in different age groups. Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.

The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild to severe, and in some cases, can lead to death. Current information suggests most people don't experience severe illness or need to be hospitalized.

Who can be tested

Nova Scotia Health Authority has COVID-19 assessment centres throughout the province. Don't go to a COVID-19 assessment centre unless you're referred and have a scheduled appointment.

Testing for COVID-19 is available if:

  • Public Health determines you’re a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case and need to be tested
  • you’re referred for testing by a COVID-19 Self-assessment (or 811)  
  • you don’t have symptoms, require a negative test result for essential travel and meet all eligibility requirements for testing with PRAXES

Testing for essential travel  

Nova Scotia Health Authority is working with PRAXES to provide COVID-19 testing for people who don’t have symptoms and require a negative test result for essential travel. If you don’t have symptoms (asymptomatic) and need a test for essential travel, request a COVID-19 test with PRAXES..

Find out if you need a COVID-19 test

Complete a COVID-19 Self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had, or you are currently experiencing:

Fever (i.e. chills/sweats) OR Cough (new or worsening)

OR

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

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

You can call 811 for assessment if you’re unable to complete the COVID-19 Self-assessment online (or to speak with a nurse).

Once you complete a COVID-19 Self-assessment, the assessment lets you know if you need to be tested and you can schedule the test online.

If you’re referred for testing

You need to self-isolate right away if you’re referred for COVID-19 testing. People you live with don’t need to self-isolate unless they become unwell, have been told by Public Health that they need to self-isolate or are required to self-isolate for other reasons. They need to monitor their symptoms closely and self-isolate if they start to feel sick.

If your child is referred for COVID-19 testing they need to self-isolate right away. Other people in the home (including if they’re caring for the child) don’t need to self-isolate unless they become unwell, have been told by Public Health that they need to self-isolate or are required to self-isolate for other reasons. They need to monitor their symptoms closely and self-isolate if they start to feel sick.

After testing

After testing, you’re legally required to self-isolate if you:

  • are waiting for your COVID-19 test results
  • have tested positive for COVID-19
  • have been identified as a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, even if you have tested negative for COVID-19


How to self-isolate

Self-isolating means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. You need to stay in the same location while you’re self-isolating (you can’t change locations).

Check the self-isolation requirements to find out when you need to self-isolate, even if you don't have symptoms.


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As of November 13, there are new self-isolation rules for Nova Scotia.

Are you entering Nova Scotia from outside of Atlantic Canada? Most people must self-isolate for 14-days.

You may self-isolate alone. You may self-isolate with someone you travelled with. If you must stay with other people, everyone in the household must self-isolate with you.

During those 14 days, everyone in the household must stay on the property. Your whole household must avoid contact with other people. You cannot go to work. You cannot go to school. You cannot go to the grocery store. You cannot go for a walk.

More info: 

https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20201109005



Self-isolating related to non-essential travel

If you travelled from outside Atlantic Canada into Nova Scotia for non-essential reasons, everyone in the home where you’re self-isolating also needs to self-isolate, unless you have your own separate living space like a self-contained apartment or basement (no shared living spaces including bathroom). You can have someone else deliver food or anything else you need.

To self-isolate, you need to follow these guidelines:

  • don't go to work, school or other public places
  • take and record their temperature daily and avoid fever reducing medications (like acetaminophen and ibuprofen)
  • have groceries and other supplies delivered
  • avoid anyone with chronic conditions or a compromised immune system and older adults
  • don't have visitors to your home
  • don’t take public transportation (like a taxi, bus or shuttle) if possible; if you do need to take public transportation, wear a mask and keep a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others, as much as you can
  • don’t take public transportation if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • stay home - you can go on your deck or balcony or in your yard, but you need to avoid contact with other people
  • don’t use elevators or stairwells if you live in an apartment building (stay inside your unit)
  • complete a COVID-19 Self-assessment if you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; you can call 811 for assessment if you’re unable to complete the COVID-19 Self-assessment online (or to speak with a nurse)
  • follow hand washing guidelinescough and sneeze guidelines and cleaning and disinfecting guidelines

Self-isolating (not related to non-essential travel)

If you’re self-isolating for reasons other than non-essential travel outside Atlantic Canada, everyone in the home where you’re self-isolating doesn’t need to self-isolate unless they become unwell, have been told by Public Health that they need to self-isolate or are required to self-isolate for other reasons.

To self-isolate, you need to follow these guidelines:

  • don't go to work, school or other public places
  • avoid contact with people you live with as much as possible
  • use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if you can
  • take and record your temperature daily and avoid fever reducing medications (like acetaminophen and ibuprofen)
  • have groceries and other supplies delivered
  • avoid anyone with chronic conditions or a compromised immune system, and older adults
  • don't have visitors to your home
  • avoid taking public transportation (like a taxi, bus or shuttle) if possible; if you do need to take public transportation, wear a mask and keep a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others, as much as you can
  • don’t take public transportation if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • stay home (you can go on your deck or balcony or in your yard, but you need to avoid contact with other people)
  • don’t use elevators or stairwells if you live in an apartment building (stay inside your unit)
  • complete a COVID-19 Self-assessment if you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; you can call 811 for assessment if you’re unable to complete the COVID-19 Self-assessment online (or to speak with a nurse)
  • follow hand washing guidelinescough and sneeze guidelines and cleaning and disinfecting guidelines

Federal support for self-isolating

The Government of Canada has additional resources about how to self isolate and how to care for someone with COVID-19.

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