Stick to virtual visits with moms, N.S. doctor advises as province reports 165 cases

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Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health is urging people who don't live with their moms to just send their best wishes by telephone or computer today.

Dr. Robert Strang issued a release saying with 165 new cases being reported on Mother's Day, there is no room for the public to let down its guard.

Of the total new cases in Nova Scotia, 138 are in the central zone in and around Halifax, including one home-care staff member with the Northwood seniors care facility in the city's downtown.

Nova Scotia Health says it has created a team that is immediately calling all positive patients to advise them of their status and determine whether they need supports.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,626 active cases of COVID-19.

There are 50 people in hospital, including seven in intensive care.

"Nova Scotians have made changes to their daily lives to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and it's important to continue to follow the public health measures while celebrating Mother's Day," Strang said in the release.

"Now is not the time to let our guard down, if you don't live with your mother-figure, please celebrate Mother's Day virtually."

There have been 2,177 positive COVID-19 cases and five deaths in the province since April 1.

Provincial residents are required to remain in their own communities except for essential travel for work, necessary shopping and medical appointments, including for vaccinations.

Meanwhile, Public Health officials in New Brunswick reported six new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, including one at the Kennebecasis Valley High School in Quispamsis.

There are three cases in Moncton, with two of those people in their 20s, as well as two cases in the Fredericton area.

The school community at Kennebecasis Valley High School has been notified, with staff informing the students they can return to school on Tuesday unless contacted directly by public health.

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting five new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Three of the cases are in the Eastern Health region, and all are people in their 40s.

The fourth new confirmed case is a man in the Central Health region in his 60s, while the fifth is a woman in her 70s in the Western region.

There are 67 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021.

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