Nova Scotia has 10 known active cases of COVID-19, with one new case confirmed in the latest government update. That person is in the Western Zone, a close contact of a previously reported case. There are currently two people in hospital with the disease, including one in ICU.

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 931 tests on Jan. 31 and 162,678 since the second wave of the pandemic began in October.

As of Jan. 29, health-care workers have dispensed 14,906 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with 2,729 Nova Scotians getting the second shot that completes their inoculation.

“We cannot let our guard down,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “The virus is always looking for an opportunity to spread, which means we must continue following all of the public health protocols to protect each other.”

The power will go out, says NSP
As a winter storm hits the region, Nova Scotia Power is once again warning customers to expect their service to fail.

“This winter storm has potential to result in power outages across the province,” says manager Matt Drover. “We encourage people to monitor local forecasts and prepare accordingly.”

The Pictou Advocate has more.

Writer’s Note: And in this 2018 Halifax Magazine editorial, I consider Nova Scotia Power’s reliability (or lack thereof) and what it means for the people who live in this province.

Paying tribute to Debert teacher
A three-year project to upgrade Debert Elementary School’s outdoor recreation area to a “natural playground” is planned as a tribute to Lisa McCully, the teacher murdered during last April’s mass shooting.

“That’s very fitting with who Lisa was,” says Parent Teacher Association co-chair Katie Devine. “We find the natural playground would really speak to, and pay tribute to, who Lisa was.”

Raissa Tetanish reports for Hub Now.

An ambulance at the Victoria General, circa 1911.

First on the scene
Today, when Nova Scotians need quick medical care, there’s a fleet of modern ambulances positioned around the province, complemented with emergency helicopter service.

We’ve come a long way since the province got its first ambulance in 1867: a simple horse-drawn cart.

“A medical intern would accompany the patient, perching precariously on a narrow bench near the front of the cart,” writes Dorothy Grant. “A curtain that flapped in the breeze gave a modicum of privacy, while a tin basin and other implements rattled and bounced. And of course, the barnyard odour of the horse was inescapable.”

Grant looks back in this new Halifax Magazine historical report.

165-year-old business considering new name
Since the 19th century, Indian Garden Farms in Hebbville has been an iconic Lunenburg County business. But owner Glen Hebb now sees that name is both insensitive and confusing to many people, so he’s seeking customer feedback on a change.

“We’re not being ordered to do this at all,” he says. “I was getting a little tired of explaining… [I want] to bring us up to speed to modern times.”

Gayle Wilson has more for LighthouseNow.

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