Updated Nova Scotia Guidelines for Symptoms of COVID-19 

Watch for symptoms. Symptoms can vary from person to person and in different age groups. Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.

The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild to severe, and in some cases, can lead to death. Current information suggests most people don't experience severe illness or need to be hospitalized.

When to call 811

Do call 811 for assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had, or you are currently experiencing either:

Fever (i.e. chills/sweats) OR Cough (new or worsening)

OR  (**you need to experience two or more of the below symptoms before calling 811)

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose/nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath

You should also call 811 for assessment if you think you've been exposed to COVID-19 or have any other symptoms that concern you.


Nova Scotia Health Authority has established COVID-19 assessment centres. If you need in-person assessment, 811 will refer you to a centre (don't go to a COVID-19 assessment centre unless 811 referred you).

After testing, you are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days if you:

  • Are waiting for your COVID-19 test results,
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 or
  • Have tested negative for COVID-19, but had close contact with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19.

If you have any questions regarding the new guidelines, please call the clinic (902) 835-1932

Visit covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

You can also call 811 if you don’t have online access or if you have other symptoms that concern you.

Please remember:

  • To self-isolate until you receive 811 advice on next steps.
  • Do not go directly to a COVID-19 assessment centre without being directed to do so by 811.

When Nova Scotia Public Health makes a public notification it is not in any way a reflection on the behaviour or activities of those named in the notification.

All Nova Scotians are advised to continue monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms and are urged to follow Public Health guidelines on how to access care. Up to date information about COVID-19 is available at novascotia.ca/coronavirus

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