COVID-19 Updates from February 2021 – Relevant News & Information
February 26, 2021:
- Return to Restrictions to Reduce Spread of COVID-19: Restrictions are returning in areas of HRM up to and including Porters Lake, as well as the communities of Enfield, Elmsdale, Mount Uniacke and Hubbards effective 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 26, with an extension possible. Read more.
- Asymptomatic Testing Encouraged: Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ , by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting .
February 19, 2021:
- COVID-19 Community Vaccine Clinics Open in March: Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout will expand again next month with 10 community-based clinics for Nova Scotians age 80 and older. Read more.
- Testing Mandatory on Newfoundland Ferry: Starting Sunday, Feb. 21, COVID-19 testing will be mandatory for travellers who are exempt from self-isolation in Nova Scotia when they arrive by ferry from Newfoundland and Labrador. Read more.
- State of Emergency Renewed: The province is renewing the state of emergency to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians and ensure safety measures and other important actions can continue. The state of emergency has been extended until noon on March 7, 2021.
February 10, 2021:
- Two Cases of COVID-19 with UK Variant Identified: Two additional cases of the UK variant of COVID-19 have been identified in Nova Scotia. The cases were initially reported last month and their samples sent for variant testing at that time. Read more.
February 9, 2021:
- Newfoundland and Labrador Border Tightened: Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced a new self-isolation requirement for people coming to Nova Scotia from Newfoundland and Labrador. It takes effect Feb. 10, at 8 a.m. People entering Nova Scotia from Newfoundland and Labrador must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form before arriving and self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Nova Scotians returning from Newfoundland and Labrador must also self-isolate for 14 days, unless they are exempt from the order. Read more.
February 5, 2021:
- State of Emergency Renewed: The province is renewing the state of emergency to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians and ensure safety measures and other important actions can continue. The order will take effect at noon Sunday, Feb. 7 and extend to noon Sunday, Feb. 21, unless government terminates or extends it. Read more.
- Public Health Restrictions Easing: Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced today, Feb. 5, that public health restrictions will be eased effective Monday, Feb. 8 to allow events and other gatherings. Read more.
February 3, 2021:
- Update on Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan: The following groups will continue to be prioritized in Phase 2: Those who are required to regularly travel in and out of the province for work, such as truck drivers and rotational workers. This does not apply to people who live in Nova Scotia or New Brunswick and cross the border every day for work. Read more.
February 1, 2021:
- COVID-19 Update: As of February 1, Nova Scotia has 10 active cases of COVID-19. One new case was reported. Read more.