As of yesterday (Dec. 13), Nova Scotia has 59 known active cases of COVID-19, with six new cases reported in the latest government update. Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 1,427 tests on Dec. 12.

Dr. Robert Strang. Photo: CNS

“Single-digit case numbers are a positive sign, but we cannot relax yet,” says Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, in a press release. “COVID-19 is still in our communities, so we must stay diligent and continue to follow public health guidelines and orders.”

Asymptomatic testing extended
Nova Scotians with no COVID-19 symptoms now have until Dec. 18 to book tests, the government announced yesterday.

Asymptomatic testing is available for people who have no symptoms, haven’t been outside Atlantic Canada in the last 14 days, haven’t been to a potential exposure location, and haven’t been in contact with anyone who tested positive.

In the Central Zone, people can continue to go to the Sportsplex in Dartmouth for asymptomatic testing without an appointment. In other zones, appointments are mandatory: book here. Rapid testing is also scheduled to continue at pop-up sites around the province.

Gaspar Caballero and Hannah Mae Cruddas. Photo: Cathy McKelvey

Memories of The Nutcracker
This is the time of year when The Nutcracker would typically take over the Dalhousie Arts Centre’s stage, as Symphony Nova Scotia joins forces with local dancers and puppeteers to host the Christmas classic.

Like many holiday traditions, The Nutcracker is cancelled this year, but Symphony Nova Scotia is working to keep its magic alive, with a 12-day online celebration of the holiday classic, featuring videos, virtual dance-classes, trivia, arts and crafts, and more.

To look back at what The Nutcracker means to the city and the people who bring the story to life, see Andrea Nemetz’s 2016 Halifax Magazine interview with Dartmouth dancer Hannah Mae Cruddas.

Police seek railway saboteur
Antigonish RCMP are investigating after four recent incidents of someone tampering with railway crossing lights in the area.

The culprit repeatedly sabotaged the crossing warning lights to make it appear that trains are coming when they’re not, and shorten the warning time when trains are coming. Police won’t say how they altered the lights or what level of knowledge would be required to do it. The Reporter has details.

Karen Dean

Unbreakable—stories of Nova Scotian women
The pandemic, the mass shooting, a military helicopter crash, and more: 2020 has been a masterclass in resiliency for Nova Scotians.

With her new book We Are Unbreakable, Middle Musquodoboit author Karen Dean shares the stories of 21 women from around the province, and how they got through this trying year.

“I’m fortunate to know lots of incredible women,” Dean says. “The book features so many women from all walks of life, all ages, and experiences. Even though we’re all different, we’re all the same.” She tells Raissa Tetanish about it in this new Hub Now story.

“Hate-motivated” assault in New Glasgow
A man and woman face assault charges after what police describe as a “hate-motivated incident” at a New Glasgow pool hall. Police have released a 35-year-old woman and 49-year-old man pending trial. The Pictou Advocate reports.

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