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HEALTH/WELLNESS–First Presumptive Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia; New Prevention Measures


Nova Scotia announced the province’s first three presumptive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), today, March 15. The province is also taking further measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The cases are not connected and are travel related. The individuals followed all the proper procedures when they started to feel unwell.

“My thoughts are with the individuals affected and I wish them a speedy and thorough recovery. Now, more than ever, all Nova Scotians must follow public health direction – that’s how we will reduce the spread of this virus in our province,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We need to work together to protect our most vulnerable.”

Two individuals are in the Halifax Regional Municipality and one is in Kings County. All three are managing their symptoms at home in self-isolation. Details include:

  1. a female in her 60’s, who returned to Halifax from Australia on March 8.
  2. a male in his late 50’s, who recently attended a conference in California and returned to Halifax on March 13.
  3. a male in his 30’s, who returned to Halifax on March 10 following travel throughout Europe.

Public health has been in contact with these individuals and those who have come in close contact with them are also being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Additional prevention measures for Nova Scotians are in effect immediately under the authority of the Health Protection Act and include:

  • long-term care facilities closed to visitors effectively immediately
  • public schools closed for two weeks following March Break (weeks of March 23 and March 30) and then will be reassessed
  • regulated child care centres closed March 17 to April 3 and then will be reassessed
  • March break camps cancelled
  • casinos in Halifax and Sydney are closed as of 12 am March 16 and bar owners can no longer operating VLT
  • anyone who travelled outside of Canada must self-isolate even if symptom-free
  • organizations and businesses must practise social distancing of two metres or six feet and keep gatherings below 150 or much smaller if possible. This applies to restaurants, bars, movie theatres and other gathering spots

Starting Monday, March 16, public health inspectors will be onsite at the Halifax International Airport and the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. Work is ongoing with federal partners responsible for border security to strengthen the screening process. As well, both airports now have information on digital screens in all areas frequented by travellers.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at .

Quick Facts:

  • as of March 15, Nova Scotia has completed 418 tests for COVID-19, with 415 negative results and 3 presumptive positive cases. Testing numbers are updated daily at
  • the Government of Canada has issued a travel advisory asking Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.
  • anyone who has travelled outside of Canada or has been in close contact with someone who has and are experiencing fever (above 38C) or cough should complete the online questionnaire to see whether you need to call 811. The online questionnaire can be found at:
  • Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act gives the chief medical officer of health the authority to give advice to protect public health and decrease risk to public health presented by communicable diseases such as COVID-19 –the public school system will be investigating virtual schools focused on essential curriculum to ensure Grade 12 students can graduate

Additional Resources:

The Public Health Agency of Canada maintains a list of affected areas:

Government of Canada:

Government of Canada toll-free information line 1-833-784-4397 Nova Scotia Public Health offices:

Stomach Flu Outbreak

  • We are closed due to a stomach flu out break Visitation is restricted to Immediate Family only.
  • No children under 12 should enter the facility as per Public Health instruction.
  • Please reschedule non essential visits.

Phone Outage

The facility is experiencing difficulties with a portion of both the resident and business phones and faxes. This is related to equipment issues and we have been working towards a solution for a couple of days. Replacement equipment has been ordered.

All staff currently have to access their email accounts and can be reached through out Staff Directory.

All faxes should be faxed to 902-863-4437 until the situation is corrected

Week Days

From Monday to Friday, between 8AM and 4PM, please call 902-863-2578 ext 233 if you are having any difficulty reaching a care area or your loved one.

Weekend Days

From Saturday to  Sunday, between 6AM until 4PM, if you are unable to reach your family member, please call 902-863-2578 ext 233 and someone will be able to take your message and ensure either your family member or staff member gets in touch with you.

After Hours (All Week)

Between 4PM until 6AM, every day of the week please call:

  • Martha’s Inn at 902-870-4019
  • Thistledown/Cobblestone at 902-338-0010
  • MapleRidge/Brambleberry at 902-870-1238
  • Tanglewood at 902-870-5024

Thank you for your patience with this ongoing issue.

Phone Issues

We are currently experiencing technical issues with our external phone lines. Thank you for your patience while we have this issue resolved.

Generator Transfer Switch replacement completed

February 6, 2020

Effective today, the replacement  of the generator transfer switch is completed.

This means that in the event of a power outage, the generator will engage automatically, as it did in the past, and there will be no significant period without power or any need for a manual generator start up.

Thanks to the Maintenance Department for managing this project so efficiently,  to the staff working through the planned power outages and to residents and visitors for their patience as we addressed the issue.

It should be “business as usual” moving forward!

Thanks again Everyone

Water main break

Water main break has been fixed and water has been restored to the building.

Water Main Break

The Town of Antigonish has experienced a water main break today that has significantly impacted the water supply at RK. They are hopeful the water will be restored this evening. We are prepared to manage overnight if it is necessary.

We have implemented the following:

  • Drinking water is available in each of the care areas for staff, visitors and residents.
  • Non-potable water is available on each care area to flush toilets.
  • Potable water for handwashing and resident care has been made available to the care areas.
  • We have converted to disposable plates and cutlery for the evening meals.
  • We have reached out to St. Martha’s to assist us with linen.
  • Additional staff will be brought in as required to support front line staff with activities such as dishwashing, laundry and to ensure that any missed showers or regular baths are done once the water is restored (or next business day)


We have had several meetings with staff throughout the day to keep them updated and to bring information back to staff and residents in each care area and department.


When water is restored we will post a note on the website.