The province is reporting 18 new cases of COVID-19 today as it renews its State of Emergency.
There are no new cases in the Eastern Zone that includes Cape Breton.
12 of the new cases are in the Central Zone, with three new cases each in the Western and Northern Zones.
The province is also reporting 17 more recoveries today.
There’s now a total of 199 confirmed active cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, including four in the Regional Municipality and two in the Inverness, Victoria and Richmond Community Health Network.
14 people in the province are now in hospital with the virus, including one person in intensive care.
The State of Emergency is being extended to October 31st.
As predicted, the price of gas went up, overnight.
Gas increased by 2.4 cents a litre and now goes for a minimum of $1.45.9 in Cape Breton.
Diesel went up by 3.5 cents and now costs a minimum of $1.44.5 on the Island.
Public Health has issued COVID Exposure Notifications for two more flights.
The first is a WestJet flight from Calgary that landed in Halifax shortly before 6:00 in the evening on October 7th.
Passengers in rows 16 to 22 and seats C, D, E and F who aren’t fully vaccinated are required to immediately isolate, even if they don’t have symptoms, and book a COVID test.
Public Health is recommending fully vaccinated passengers in those rows and seats get tested for COVID-19.
However, they don’t need to isolate unless they have symptoms.
Similar instructions apply for some passengers on an Air Canada flight from Montreal that landed in Halifax at around 10:45 last Sunday night.
Passengers in rows 28 to 34 and seats C, D, E and F are being singled out on that flight.
The province’s police watchdog has cleared a Cape Breton Regional Police officer accused of physical and sexual assault.
The Serious Incident Response Team says it got a report in February from a parent who says two of their children were assaulted by the other parent, who’s the officer that was under investigation.
The other parent says the assaults happened several years ago when the children were between 6 and 12 years old.
The SIRT says the officer denied the claims and passed a lie-detector test.
It says investigators determined life in the officer’s home was turbulent and the officer was prone to angry outbursts, but there wasn’t enough evidence to lay a charge of sexual assault.
The province says it’s going to ban protests at hospitals and other places offering health services.
The Protecting Access to Health Services Act was tabled in the House this afternoon.
The province says the bill will strike a balance between the rights to protest and free expression, the right of patients to access healthcare and the need to keep healthcare workers safe.
The bill will set up a 50-metre safe-access bubble zone around hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices and pharmacies, as well as places offering mental-health, home-care and long-term care services.
The province says peaceful protests will be allowed outside the zone.