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Nova Scotia issues COVID-19 declaration form for 'non-bubble travellers'

Traffic is loaded onto the MV Confederation on Friday morning at the Wood Islands, P.E.I., ferry terminal. Plenty of people were taking advantage of day one the Atlantic bubble.
Traffic is loaded onto the MV Confederation on Friday morning at the Wood Islands, P.E.I., ferry terminal. Atlantic Canadians now can visit any province in the region without quarantining but as of Tuesday, people from outside the region must fill out a declaration form before being allowed into Nova Scotia. - Dave Stewart / File

There are no new COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia, the Health Department reported Tuesday. 

The QEII Health Sciences Centre's microbiology lab completed 291 Nova Scotia tests on Monday and all turned out negative. 

The news comes in the wake of the province’s announcement it would beef up border rules regarding COVID-19. The move was sparked by recent reports that travellers from outside the Atlantic region are not obeying quarantine requirements. 

For example, a student who travelled from the United States to Canada on June 26 did not quarantine and he was later diagnosed with the virus. After he arrived in Nova Scotia, the student infected a friend who was visiting from Prince Edward Island. That person in turn infected two other people on P.E.I. 

At a news briefing Tuesday, P.E.I.’s chief public health officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, said contact tracing of the three people hasn’t turned up any additional cases. Morrison said the student and the P.E.I. resident stayed in the same place and were in the same car during their time in Nova Scotia. 

Five people with active COVID on P.E.I. - including the three infected as a result of the student breaking quarantine - are doing well, Morrison said. 

Premier Stephen McNeil said Monday that starting today, visitors from outside Atlantic Canada would have to fill out a "non-bubble traveller" declaration form with health, contact and other information. A beefed-up tracking system is also in the works. 

The form is available here

"We've sacrificed too much in Nova Scotia to allow people who won't follow the rules to put everyone else at risk," said the premier said in a news release Tuesday.  

"We're working hard to reopen our economy safely, to let people explore our province this summer, and to reunite them with their loved ones. Most people are being safe and following the rules and we expect everyone who enters Nova Scotia to do the same."

If visitors who are supposed to be self-isolating do not answer their phone after three attempts in one day, police will be called and in-person checks will be conducted. The fine for violating the Health Protection Order is $1,000 for a first offence.

Also on Tuesday, Nova Scotia officially declared the COVID-19 outbreak at Northwood nursing home resolved because there’s been no active cases for 28 days. The Halifax nursing home lost 53 residents to the virus, which has sparked a provincial review of how the outbreak was handled. 

To date, Nova Scotia has 55,428 negative test results, 1,065 positive COVID-19 cases, 63 deaths and four active COVID-19 cases. Nine-hundred and ninety-eight cases are now resolved. 

Two former COVID-19 patients are still in hospital being treated for other reasons. 

For more information on COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, go to


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