COVID-19 Update March 18th 6:00 pm

Premier Stephen McNeil, chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang, and Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey provided an update earlier today, March 18. A recording of the news conference is available on the NS Gov Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/nsgov.

Details of additional measures announced to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 and increase capacity within the health system to respond are outlined below:

Effective immediately:

— doctors and pharmacists have new options for virtual care, using telephone and secure videoconferencing

— pharmacists can renew prescriptions for most medications and government will cover the assessment fee

— employers cannot require a doctor’s note if an employee must be off work

— College of Physicians and Surgeons waiving the fee for retired doctors to renew their licences so they can come back to work

— retired and other nurses are being brought into the system to assist with 811 staffing

— all service providers funded through the Department of Community Services’ Disability Support Program – including social enterprises, day programs, and supported employment programs for adults with diverse abilities – will close to participants and the public

Effective midnight, Thursday, March 19:

– personal service and fitness establishments such as hair salons, barber shops, spas, nail salons, body art establishments and gyms must shut down

The full news release is available at:https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200318004 and in French at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200318005.

NSHA and IWK have further restricted visitors and instituted other measures like online mental health supports and more assessment centres. More information is available at the links below:

A number of new resources have been developed for businesses and individuals, including:

These materials are also available in French: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/fr/

 



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