Coronavirus  COVID-19
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Nova Scotia Public Health Information Updates

(Which may be of interest to Seniors)

Additional Measures to Help Vulnerable Nova Scotians
(As of April 17, 2020)
Government to Cover Extra Dispensing Fees for Pharmacare Clients
(As of April 22, 2020)
Easing of Some Public Health Measures
(As of May 1, 2020)

State of Emergency to be Extended
(As of May 1, 2020)

Accelerated Internet Projects Update
(As of May 11, 2020)

Additional Public Health Measures Eased
(As of May 15, 2020)

Symptoms for Testing Expand
(As of May 22, 2020)

Next Steps to Reopen Nova Scotia
(As of May 27, 2020)

New Nursing Home Beds in Bedford
(As of May 29, 2020)

New Gathering Limit, More Steps to
Reopen Nova Scotia

(As of May 29, 2020)
Support for Agriculture Sector
Dealing with COVID-19

(As of June 4, 2020)
Province Updates Data
(As of June 10, 2020)
Province Easing Visitor Restrictions in Long-term Care Homes and Homes for Persons With Disabilities
(As of June 10, 2020)
New Gathering Limits Announced
(As of June 18, 2020)
Atlantic Travel Bubble Announced
(As of June 24, 2020)
Nova Scotians Encouraged to Rediscover NS and Support Local Tourism Businesses
(As of June 25, 2020)
Further Lifting of Restrictions, New Gathering Limits
(As of June 26, 2020)
COVID Response Review of Outbreak at Northwood
Long-Term Care Home
(As of June 30, 2020)
Atlantic Bubble Border Crossing
(As of July 2, 2020)
Provincial Campgrounds Open to Atlantic Provinces
(As of July 3, 2020)
One New Case of COVID-19
(As of July 6, 2020)

NS Government  COVID-19  Update
as of March 15, 2020

NS Government  COVID-19  Update
as of March 22, 2020

NS Government  COVID-19  Updates
for the month of April 2020

  NS Government  COVID-19  Updates  
for the month of May 2020

  NS Government  COVID-19  Updates  
for the month of June 2020

 NS Government  COVID-19  Updates  
for the month of July 2020

 A recent article from an Epidemiologist's perspective 
as it applies to social distancing measures related
to the COVID-19 pandemic

Government of Canada

Coronavirus disease  (COVID-19)


Click  HERE  for a May 4th update from the
Federal Minister of Seniors - Deb Schulte,
sharing some of the initiatives they are undertaking to help seniors cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

En  Français

July 8, 2020


I'm reaching out today to remind everyone about the public health practices we should all be following during the pandemic. I also wanted to let everyone know that the one-time, tax-free payment for seniors is being issued this week.

The weather is warming up, businesses are re-opening and restrictions are being lifted-it might seem like things are getting back to normal-but it's not time to let your guard down! As we move into the next phases of this pandemic, we need to continue to follow public health practices to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

We can all follow some simple measures to help protect ourselves and others, especially seniors and medically vulnerable people who are at greater risk of severe health complications linked to COVID-19.

Protecting yourself and others from COVID-19

Following these public health measures is our best defence against COVID-19:

·        Washing your hands frequently with soap and water

·        Practising physical distancing

·        If used correctly, a non-medical mask can play an important role when physical distancing is not possible or is unpredictable

·        Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects

·        Covering your cough with tissues or your sleeve

·        Staying home and away from others if you are sick

Support for mental health of Canadians and seniors

The Mental Health Commission of Canada has developed a resource for seniors that offers practical tips and advice on how they can protect their mental wellness during COVID-19.

The Government of Canada recently launched a new portal dedicated to mental wellness: Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support. This portal provides free online resources, and connects Canadians to peer support workers, social workers, psychologists and other trained professionals for confidential chat sessions or phone calls, in both official languages. Resources include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues.

COVID-19 public health resources

The Public Health Agency of Canada has resources available to assist seniors and caregivers, including information on how to prevent COVID-19 and tips on taking care of physical and mental health.

Tax-free payment for seniors issued this week! 

To help make ends meet during COVID-19, this week the Government of Canada is providing a one-time, tax-free payment of $300 for seniors eligible for Old Age Security and an additional $200 for those eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement.Allowance recipients will also receive $500.

Seniors who reside in Canada should expect to receive the payment this week. Those abroad will receive it sometime in July.


I look forward to keeping you informed and updated on the Government's COVID-19 response for seniors. Thank you all for the actions you are taking to help keep seniors healthy and supported during this challenging time.

Together, we can and we will get through this.


Minister Deb Schulte


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