As of yesterday, July 21, Nova Scotia has one active case of COVID-19, according to the latest provincial government update. So far, Nova Scotia has had 60,351 negative test results, 1,067 confirmed cases, and 63 deaths.
Manhunt continues after cop stabbed
A day later, police on the South Shore continue to hunt for Tobias Charles Doucette, after Bridgewater police Sgt. Matt Bennett was stabbed in the neck while investigating a domestic disturbance.
The search began in the Dufferin Street, expanding as reported sightings in backyards came in from the Pine Street, Jubilee Road, Cornwallis Street, and Scotia Street neighbourhoods. Keith Corcoran has more in this LighthouseNow report.
StFX prepares for influx of students
While most Nova Scotian colleges and universities will be doing distance learning in the fall, officials at St. Francis Xavier university in Antigonish are still planning on in-person classes, which means some 1,500 students from all over the map will descend on the town.
In the face of community concerns, university officials recently shared their plans for mask usage, self-isolating, and distancing. Drake Lowthers has more in The Reporter. They didn’t address concerns about a waiver they’re forcing returning students to sign, giving up “any and all” COVID related claims against the school “due to any cause whatsoever, including negligence.”
Adventures of a consumer reporter
From 1966–1988, Dorothy Grant was a familiar face on CBC’s local supper hour news broadcast, investigating scams, busting myths, and confronting quacks.
In one of her most memorable stories, she faced fraudster Dan Dale Alexander, who peddled cod liver oil. He claimed it cured all manner of maladies, including baldness. Despite the fact that Alexander was bald, Haligonians ate it up, buying all the cod liver oil they could get. Grant shares that and other memorable encounters in this new Halifax Magazine report.
Home health-care workers soldier on
For the health-care workers who go to people’s homes, providing the care that keeps them out of institutions, the last few months have been a juggling act of protecting workers, fighting the spread of the pandemic, and meeting clients’ needs.
“We continued to provide care throughout,” says Hendrik Botha, owner of the Nurse Next Door franchise in Pictou. “For us to keep up with the latest developments with COVID, we had daily meetings with a research team that provided information and constantly worked on COVID … So COVID is definitely keeping us busy.” Jackie Jardine reports for The Pictou Advocate.
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