As of March 26, 73 Nova Scotians have tested positive for COVID-19. There have been 3,201 negative tests. Update: As of 1:33 p.m. on March 27, Nova Scotia has 90 confirmed cases of COVID-19. “Seventeen new cases were identified Thursday, March 26,” says the press release. “Most are connected to travel or a known case. None of the new cases are connected to the St. Patrick’s Day gathering in Lake Echo, Halifax Regional Municipality. All attendees at the event are being contacted and are being tested. Case investigations are ongoing. At this point, public health cannot confirm a link to community spread.”

More testing
In his March 26 media update, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer for health Dr. Robert Strang announced a ramp-up in COVID-19 testing to include: “anyone referred by 811 to an assessment centre, all close contacts of people who test positive, people in hospital that meet the criteria for testing.”

Feed the need
As the pandemic leaves thousands without work, food insecurity is growing. “As the COVID-19 situation develops, we’re hearing from food-insecure Nova Scotians whose stress is increasing, our member agencies who are bracing to provide additional support, and people who are wondering how they can help,” says a statement on the Feed Nova Scotia website. If you can afford it, a cash donation is the best way to help. The problem is provincewide, and so are the people trying to help. In this story from Hub Now, Raissa Tetanish talks with officials from the Colchester Food Bank about how their community is stepping up.

How we beat it
Larry Brilliant is the doctor who helped beat smallpox and has spent years warning of a global pandemic. He’s optimistic about our ability to beat COVID-19, but warns that the solution isn’t particularly sexy. The solution? Patience and testing. Lots of testing. He explains in this March 19 interview with Wired magazine.

Small business needs big help
Many local businesses have had to close or scale back operations since the pandemic hit. They, and the thousands of Nova Scotians who earn their livelihoods from them, now face uncertain futures. Even if you can’t spend a penny, there are ways you can support them. Peter Moorhouse from the Better Business Bureau explains how in his latest Halifax Magazine column.

And a diversion
It’s important to stay informed, but for your own peace of mind, how about taking a break from pandemic news and filling that hockey-sized hole in your life? The new short documentary Ice Breakers is now streaming for free on the National Film Board of Canada site. Sri Lankan-Canadian filmmaker Sandi Rankaduwa explores the buried history of how Black athletes helped pioneer modern hockey, as seen through the present-day journey of Nova Scotian Josh Crooks, a young Black hockey player.

Need to know
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PS: Our COVID-19 roundup returns on Monday. In the meantime, stay safe. And wash your hands. 

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