2nd death connected to coronavirus identified in Nova Scotia

There has been a second death connected to the novel coronavirus in Nova Scotia, according to the provincial government.

The province says a woman in her 90s with underlying medical conditions died in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital on Wednesday as a result of complications related to COVID-19.

“The death of a loved one is never easy. Unfortunately, this virus makes the loss of a family member all the more difficult,” Premier Stephen McNeil said in a statement. “I want to offer my sincere condolences to the family as they grieve. Together, we have the power to stop this disease.”

The province also announced that there are 31 new cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, bringing the provincial total to 373.

Of the 31 new cases, 27 were identified in the central zone, two in the western zone, and one each on the northern and eastern zones.

The total breakdown of where cases have been identified in Nova Scotia is as follows:

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  • Central zone: 262
  • Western zone: 44
  • Eastern zone: 34
  • Northern zone: 33

Of all the cases in Nova Scotia, 47 per cent involve male patients and 53 per cent involve female patients.

The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 980 Nova Scotia tests on Wednesday. In total, 12,177 COVID-19 tests have come back negative.

There are now 10 patients in hospital, with four in a intensive care unit.

Premier Stephen McNeil and chief public health officer Dr. Robert Strang will be providing a COVID-19 update at 3 p.m.

More to come.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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