Nova Scotia has 18 known active cases of COVID-19, with one new case (in the Central Zone) reported in the latest government update. One person is hospitalized with the disease.

“Overall, our numbers are staying low because Nova Scotians are doing their part to keep their social circles small, follow public health measures, and get tested,” Premier Iain Rankin says in a press release. “As we head into March Break, we need to respect our public health guidelines and continue to stay the course.”

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Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs did 2,456 tests on March 13, and 264,949 since the second wave of the pandemic began in October.

Vaccine program broadens
The government announced on Friday that it’s broadening eligibility for COVID-19 inoculations. Starting today, anyone who is 80 and older and was born in May, June, July, or August can book an appointment at a community vaccination clinic.

People aged 80 and older and born between May 1 and Aug. 31 will be able to schedule a jab at a community clinic starting Monday. People age 80+ and were born between January and April were already eligible for immunization. People age 63 and 64 can book appointments for the AstraZeneca vaccine, starting tomorrow.

New Queens Co. small-options home
A new small-options home is opening in the village of Milton this month, providing more resources for people with disabilities in Queens County. It’s one of eight such new homes included in a recent $5-million provincial government announcement.

“We’re thrilled,” says Treena Dexter, executive director of Queens Association for Supported Living. “Small-option homes, and community homes in general, don’t come very often. We’re very excited to provide this support to the individuals and their families.”

Kevin McBain has details for LighthouseNow.

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March Break returns to the Discovery Centre
Last year, the pandemic kiboshed the Discovery Centre’s March Break plans, closing its doors at the start of what is typically one of its busiest weeks. This year, the team is welcoming families back with pandemic precautions.

One of the featured exhibitions is JoyLab.

“It’s a series of experiences that let families experience joy together and create some Instagrammable moments,” spokesperson Jennifer Punch says. “We will be spreading them out and having mini experiences throughout the centre. They will be smaller in nature, but there will be more … There is still lots of room to move around and families to stay in their bubbles.”

Raissa Tetanish reports for Halifax Magazine.

Local author publishes latest novel
Halifax writer Wayne Forster has launched his third book, the novel One More Dance.

“It is a work of fiction, and I have to be clear with all my family about that,” he says. “It was inspired by my mother’s early life and her time in Halifax during the Second World War. It’s a story about a young lady in Halifax during the war. My mother lived in Halifax during the war. The main character is a waitress. My mother was a waitress. So there’s a lot of similarities like that, but it is not biographical. It’s fiction. The stories, and the circumstances, and the incidents that happened did not happen to my mother, for the most part, they are fictional.”

Jake Boudrot has more for The Reporter.

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Extend your gardening season
Last year, many Nova Scotians used their sudden abundance of time at home to discover gardening. And if you’re among them, you’re probably getting itchy green thumbs as the growing season slowly approaches.

In the new issue of East Coast Living, gardener extraordinaire Niki Jabbour shares an excerpt from her new book Growing Under Cover. You’ll find easy DIY advice aplenty to help you lengthen your growing season and get a bigger harvest from your garden.

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