Weekly Health Update #4 with AFN Community Health Nurse

Hi Everyone,

Its week 7 of Covid-19 in Canada, and I know it isn’t getting any easier, having to physically distance from friends and family, and spending more time at home. Over the last week, we’ve had a big range in the number of daily new cases. While we are seeing community spread, Dr. Strang has commented time and time again, that our testing is top of the country, which gives us the ability to quickly isolate cases found and their contacts, reducing the amount of spread. We have to keep up with these public health measures, to make the last 6 weeks count. I thank you for doing your part to keep Covid-19 isolated.

  • Wash your hands frequently, preferably soap and water if you have access, if not, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Sanitize high contact areas of your home frequently: counters, remotes, taps, phones, etc
  • Stay home as much as possible; working from home, no leisure drives (including atv), limiting trips to grocery store and pharmacy as much as possible
  • Maintain 6 ft/2 m distance between you in anyone you come in contact with that is not in your household
  • Ensuring respiratory etiquette (covering coughs and sneezes with elbow)
  • If you have 2 or more symptoms of Covid-19 please call 811 to decide if you required testing
    • fever greater than 38⁰C (100.5⁰F), or symptoms of fever (body aches, chills, weakness, and fatigue)
    • new, or worsening cough
    • sore throat
    • runny nose
    • headache

I will be posting this week about working from home and some helpful tips and tricks. As well as some ways to get movement in, while spending more time at home.

Best links to get information

Please see our Facebook page: AFN Community Health and answer the joining questions for access. Frequent updates, resources, and links will be posted there

Nova Scotia Government:

Nova Scotia Health Authority:

Government of Canada:

World Health Organization:

WHO advising on pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding:

Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line: call 24/7 1-888-429-8167

Kids Help Phone: call 24/7 1-800-668-6868
text CONNECT to 686868
or chat online on their website

If there is anything you are looking for more information on or ideas on: nutrition, physical activity during isolation, coping strategies, child and youth health, etc. Please let me know and I can look into helping you as well as the community!

Stay safe and wash your hands

Chelsea Sawyer
Community Health Nurse
O: 902-627-1245
C: 902-277-2297