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

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 953 tests on Feb. 7 and 170,937 tests since the second wave of the pandemic began in October.

As of Feb. 7, Nova Scotian health-care workers have given 18,219 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with 5,134 getting the second jab that completes their immunization.

Elsewhere in Canada, COVID-19 continues to rage. Across the country, the federal government is reporting 40,175 known active cases, the majority of which are in Ontario (14,331), Quebec (11,504), and Alberta (6,196). The national rate of infection is 106 active cases per 100,000 population, compared to less than one case per 100,000 population in Nova Scotia.

James Golemeic

Safety first
For health and safety experts, preventing workplace injury comes down to risk assessment and planning. And those principles apply to everyone.

“You always have the choice to either do something or not—we do risk assessments constantly, whether we realize it or not,” says James Golemeic. “I do it every day when I leave my house. I live near a street that intersects a busy highway, which I will not use unless I absolutely need to, since I know that it’s less safe to drive there… A five-minute detour lets me reduce the risk, a fair trade-off for the extra driving time.”

In the first of a new series of Halifax Magazine columns, Golemeic shares advice on everyday safety.

Mulgrave wants answers as RCMP costs climb
Town of Mulgrave officials are questioning why their policing costs keep climbing, even though the area has little crime and RCMP rarely need to respond to calls there.

“We’re basically paying for an officer and we don’t see that we get that,” says Mayor Ron Chisholm. “It’s a mandatory portion of our budget and it keeps climbing… We’re paying a significant amount.”

Drake Lowthers has more for The Reporter.

Nova Scotians get back to their roots
Since the pandemic began, genealogists have been “overwhelmed” by the number of Nova Scotians researching their family histories.

“We think because everyone has been shut in for so long, they’re really starting to dig into their roots a bit more,” says Harvey Gullon, president of the North Cumberland Historical Society. “It was October or November when we were allowed back in the archives, and we had a backlog of genealogy requests.”

The Light has the story.

Privateer Days on hold
The pandemic has forced organizers to put Liverpool’s long-running Privateer Days festival on hold for the second consecutive year.

“It was unanimously decided that due to the uncertainty and inability to guarantee safety for everyone, the 2021 Privateer Days has been cancelled,” says organizer Terrena Parnell. “While we are all disappointed and had hoped to have a bigger and better festival this year, it’s not worth jeopardizing anyone’s health and safety.”

Kevin McBain reports for LighthouseNow.

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