NSHA providing update related to incident originating in the community of Portapique

Nova Scotia Health Authority is providing an update related to its response to the situation that began in the community of Portapique last evening and continued into today.

No details are being shared related to the number of individuals who may have been brought to hospital as a result of this situation, or their conditions.

As a result of this situation, NSHA put temporary access control measures in place at four facilities out of concern for patients and our health care teams. These restrictions were implemented as follows:
- Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro - 11:35 p.m., Saturday, April 18
- South Cumberland Community Care Centre in Parrsboro -9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 19
- All Saint Springhill Hospital - 11 a.m. , Sunday, April 19
- Cobequid Community Health Centre in Sackville - 11:30 a.m., Sunday, April 19

All facilities remained open and continued to provide care, with the entrances locked and access controlled.

A decision was also made to close both the COVID-19 drive-through assessment centre located on the Colchester East Hants Health Centre property and the COVID-19 assessment and treatment centre, located at the adjacent Rath Eastlink Community Centre. Individuals with appointments were contacted directly. The COVID-19 primary assessment centre at the Lloyd E. Matheson Centre in Elmsdale remains open.

Officials with Nova Scotia Health Authority have continued to be in close communication with law enforcement officials throughout this situation. We are grateful for their support and would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families and communities impacted by this tragedy.

We wish to remind individuals that the following supports are available:

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll free).

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free).

Morneau Shepell has also opened its 24/7 bilingual crisis support line to help anyone in need of emotional support as a result of these tragic events. The number is : 1-844-751-2133


Provincial media line: 1-844-483-3344

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