Nova Scotia Public Health reported one new case of COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to five.

The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 475 tests on July 7 and is operating 24-hours. To date, Nova Scotia has 55,818 negative test results, 1,066 positive COVID-19 cases, and 63 deaths. Some 998 cases are resolved. Two people are currently in hospital recovering from the aftermath of their COVID-19 infections.

The provincial government says the new case involves a Nova Scotia truck driver who travelled outside Canada as an essential worker. No other details about the case were released.

Health advisory

Nova Scotia health officials announced that passengers on a flight from Toronto to Halifax last month may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Air Canada flight AC 626 left Toronto June 26 at 8:15 p.m., landing in Halifax at 11:17 p.m.

While anyone on the flight could have been exposed to the virus, the Nova Scotia Health Authority says passengers in seats A to C in rows 29, 30, 31, 32, and 33 are most likely to have been in close contact with the individual.

This case of COVID-19 was reported on Monday. The man in question flew from the United States to Toronto, and then boarded the Halifax flight. He arrived in Nova Scotia on June 26, bound for Prince Edward Island.

The man has a student visa to attend school in P.E.I., but was turned away at the P.E.I. border because he didn’t have the proper paperwork. He returned to Nova Scotia, but didn’t self-isolate. P.E.I. reports three cases related to this individual.

Because the man came from the United States, he is now quarantined under federal authority at a Halifax-area hotel.

Nova Scotia health officials are conducting contact tracing to determine where he was between June 26 and July 4, when they learned about the potential exposure and contacted him.

Irving exemption lifted

Dr. Robert Strang announced Wednesday that he revoked a special exemption at Halifax’s Irving Shipbuilding allowing workers to travel to and from the United States during the pandemic.

Strang says he’s heard questions and concerns about the exception, which public health granted in June, but did not elaborate. There will be no further company travel to the United States while the border between the two countries remains officially closed for non-essential visits.

He ordered some Irving employees to isolate themselves at home for 14 days and submit to COVID-19 testing.

Local discoveries aplenty

As most of us will stick close to home (or at least the Bubble) for the foreseeable future, it’s the perfect summer to to explore Nova Scotia.

Suzanne Stewart’s book The Tides of Time, explores our area through its food and the people who harvest it. This non-fiction account offers first-hand observations of seasonal change and personal stories from those who grow our food. Read a review in At Home on the North Shore.

Summer salads

Nothing pairs with burgers fresh off the grill like a crisp summer salad. Whether you crave potato salad, pasta salad, or something international, Hub Now food columnist Mari Ann Stiles has a recipe for you.

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