Public health asks Halifax bar patrons, staff to 'immediately' seek COVID-19 tests

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Nova Scotia public health officials are advising people who were at a Halifax martini bar on Monday night to move quickly to seek tests for COVID-19.

Potential exposure to the coronavirus occurred sometime between 9 p.m. and closing at the Bitter End bar on Argyle Street in city's downtown district.

In a news release early Sunday, the province asked anyone who was at the Bitter End on Nov. 2 to immediately telephone 811, regardless of whether they are showing any symptoms.

The release said that includes both patrons and staff.

As of Saturday, the province still had only 20 active cases of COVID-19, but there has been a flurry of recent warnings of potential exposures to the virus in Halifax.

The province has advised people to monitor for symptoms if they were at the BMO soccer centre on the evening of Nov. 1; the Canada Games Centre on the morning of Nov. 2; the Braemar Drive superstore from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 3 or the Fit4Less facility in Bedford from 7:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Nov. 3.