Nova Scotia has 15 known active cases of COVID-19, with no new cases reported in the latest government update.

“Another day where no new cases have been identified is a step in the right direction,” says Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, in a press release. “I worry that people will see no new cases and think they no longer need to follow the public health measures.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 837 tests on Jan. 24, and 152,410 since the second wave began in October.

An update with Strang and Premier Stephen McNeil is scheduled to webcast today at 3 p.m. (although they rarely start on time).

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Vaccine plan on track, officials say
As of Jan. 24, Nova Scotia health care workers have administered 11,083 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with 2,708 getting the second dose to complete their inoculation.

Even as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau draws heat over vaccine-supply delays, Strang remains confident in Nova Scotia’s immunization plan.

“At this point, we’re not anticipating any changes to our 90-day plan,” Strang said during a media briefing on Friday. “It’s just within that 90-day period we’re going to have to be flexible, with less vaccine now and those delayed amounts to come later in February and March.”

Janet Whitman reports for Halifax Magazine.

Cape Breton author’s debut novel draws attention
Organizers have long-listed Dirty Birds, the debut novel from Mabou’s Morgan Murray, for CBC Radio’s annual Canada Reads series. The series brings celebrities and literati together for a spirited discussion of the country’s best books, offering a welcome burst of attention and sales for the authors.

“Already we’ve seen a lot more interest,” he says. “We’ve actually sold out the print run of books and they’re sending another batch to the printer as we speak.”

Jake Boudrot has details for The Reporter.

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Karen Casey reflects on a long political career
After 15 years representing Colchester North—first as a Tory then as a Liberal—Karen Casey is leaving politics, announcing recently that she won’t run in the next provincial election.

“I enjoyed every minute of it,” she says. “I’ve seen a lot of good things happen over four different elections… There comes a time when it’s time for somebody else to take the role, and for me to do something else.”

Raissa Tetanish interviews her for The Light.

Truro religious groups join together
Religious groups representing several different faiths in the Truro area are joining forces for an interfaith service. Organizers aim to build on the success of last year’s inaugural event, while following public health rules.

“We thought it was a huge success,” says Rev. Valerie Kingsbury, whose First United Church will hold the service on Feb. 7. “Some… were surprised we have all those faiths in our community. Except for the Christian churches, the others aren’t as visible.”

Raissa Tetanish has more for Hub Now.

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