Yesterday, April 7, Nova Scotia recorded its first pandemic-related death, plus 17 new cases. The province now has 310 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Test, test, test
Extensive testing to pin down how and where the pandemic is spreading remains key to the province’s response. The testing lab at the QEII is operating 24/7 and is now capable of doing up to 1,000 tests per day. (It did 530 on Monday). According to a government press release, Nova Scotia has had 10,621 negative tests. Eleven people are currently in hospital with the disease and 66 have recovered.

When home is unsafe
The directive to stay home as much as possible leaves some Nova Scotians with a dilemma: for some people, being stuck at home means being stuck in close proximity to an abuser. In this Pictou Advocate story, Jackie Jardine looks at how organizations like Tearmann House, a shelter for abused women and children in New Glasgow, remain in operation. “If women are sheltering due to COVID-19, I wouldn’t want them to think they can’t call,” says executive director Donna Smith. “If they call, we can figure something out… You are not alone. Please do reach out, please do call and we will work through a plan together.”

Local business joins the struggle
Businesses across the country have answered the government’s call to make much-needed medical supplies including Stanfield’s in Truro. In addition to making a necessary contribution to the pandemic struggle, the move provides needed economic stimulus. Best known for its undergarments, the venerable Nova Scotian company took just 10 days to shift to medical gowns. “The future looked really scary for this company,” says president Jon Stanfield. “But these [government contracts] will provide a nice bridge in allowing us to get through the crisis.” Raissa Tetanish reports for Hub Now.

Filling the shelves
As people stock up and hunker down, the sudden shift in shopping patterns caught many stores by surprise, leading to occasional shortages of staples like toilet paper and molasses. Grocers are reassuring customers that those shortfalls are temporary as their supply chains adapt, as Drake Lowthers writes for The Reporter. “We’ve opened up to daily deliveries to help smooth out those peaks and valleys,” says Michael Doucette, Atlantic Canadian regional vice-president for operations, with Loblaw. “Vendors are making extra deliveries to help push product out faster.”

Getting what’s coming to you
As the pandemic forces many businesses to close or scale back operations, customers are left wondering when they’ll get products and services that they’ve already bought. “This is raising a lot of questions, particularly when it comes to returns, refunds, and cancellations,” says Peter Moorhouse from the Better Business Bureau in his latest Halifax Magazine column. His advice to customers? Be patient and flexible. And save your receipts.

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