Nova Scotia modifies coronavirus testing criteria as province remains at 29 active cases

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Starting Friday, Nova Scotia has expanded the symptoms it is asking residents to monitor for as signs of COVID-19.

The decision was made to bring the province in-line with others across Canada and has been informed by the growing knowledge medical experts have gathered on the novel coronavirus.

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“As we move out of the first pandemic wave, it remains important to test anyone who has symptoms that could be due to COVID-19,” said Dr. Robert Strang in a press release on Friday.

The expanded list of symptoms include:

  • fever (i.e. chills, sweats)
  • cough or worsening of a previous cough
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • shortness of breath
  • muscle aches
  • sneezing
  • nasal congestion/runny nose
  • hoarse voice
  • diarrhea
  • unusual fatigue
  • loss of sense of smell or taste
  • red, purple or blueish lesions on the feet, toes or fingers without clear cause

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The province also confirmed on Friday that they detected two new cases of COVID-19 in the province,


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