COVID-19 UPDATE: March 24, 2020

Below is the latest information from the provincial government on COVID-19. Up-to-date information on the coronavirus, including  symptoms and how to stop transmission is available at:

If you have any concerns about your job or the coronavirus please do not hesitate to contact your union. This is a very stressful time for many of us, especially those providing essential services, and we appreciate your efforts to keep the rest of us safe. Please take care of yourselves and each other.


  • There are 10 new COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia, bringing the total to 51.
  • The State of Emergency remains in effect until April 5, 2020.
  • The Premier expressed appreciation today for workers who have been doubling down on cleaning services to help stop the transmission of the virus.
  • Essential services such as food supply, financial institutions, health, public services, IT/telecommunications, agrifood, fisheries, manufacturing, transportation, garbage collection etc. are exempt from 5-person social gathering rule.
  • The province has added 53 nursing and telehealth associates, and is training another 40.
  • The phone bank is being doubled, to 138 lines
  • If you feel sick (spiked fever, new cough, shortness of breath, crushing fatigue) — check your symptoms on 811 website.
  • Virtual care is being expanded so that doctors can continue to practice remotely.
  • Cleaners are being redeployed to high risk areas, disinfecting all surfaces and all spaces daily.
  • COVID-19 wards have been set up in hospitals and staff have been prepped on how to deal with patients.
  • Some school boards are allowing students and teachers to go back into schools to retrieve supplies.