Nova Scotia now has 15 known active cases of COVID-19, with two more reported yesterday. According to the latest government update, the new cases are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.

One is a person in the Northern Zone who self-isolated. The other case is in the Central Zone, connected to the two cases reported on Nov. 1. Officials are still investigating those three cases.

So far, Nova Scotia has had 112,750 negative tests, 1,113 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 65 deaths. An update with Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang is scheduled for 1 p.m.

RCMP investigate Lunenburg Co. death
Lunenburg County RCMP are investigating what they describe as a “suspicious death” in Pine Grove. Investigators believe 57-year-old Donny Lohnes suffered life-threatening injuries at home Oct. 25. He died in hospital on Nov. 1. Police have released no other information and are calling on the public for tips. LighthouseNow reports.

SPCA calling for help
The SPCA has put out an urgent appeal for donations after rescuing 72 cats that need urgent medical care. Several have eye damage, infections, and disease. Officials estimate medical treatment will cost at least $58,000. Most of the cats were rescued from two homes, one in Pictou County and the other in Cape Breton.

“Animal hoarding is a complex issue,” says spokesperson Sandra Flemming. “It can start with innocent intentions but as the number of pets multiply, they may not be given adequate care. Many caregivers are embarrassed to ask for support or unaware what resources exist.”

The Pictou Advocate has details on how you can help.

The Compassionate Closet.

Shopping for a good cause
When people are approaching the end of their lives, Hospice Halifax can provide compassionate care at its South End Halifax residence, comforting the dying and their loved ones alike.

But such care requires a steady stream of financially support, much of which comes from the Compassionate Closet shop in Lower Sackville.

“Stocked with donations from supporters, the shop offers a selection of quality products, for which donors get receipts, so they can claim them on their income-tax return,” writes Dorothy Grant, after a recent visit. “Volunteers run the store, working hard to create a welcoming environment. They’re cheery and helpful, described by Halifax Hospice management as ‘the heart of the store.'”

Learn more in this new Halifax Magazine post.

Improving access to healthy food
The provincial government recently announced that it’s spending $134,000 to make it easier for people to get healthy food and make informed dietary choices. So far, the money has gone out to 39 programs around the province. Most of the recipients are community gardens or education programs. The Reporter has details.

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