Nova Scotia has 21 known active cases of COVID-19, with one new case (in the Eastern Zone) reported in the latest government update.

Nova Scotian labs did 1,756 tests on March 22, and 282,116 since the second wave of the pandemic began in October.

As of March 22, health care workers have doled out 66,287 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with 20,579 Nova Scotians getting the second shot that completes their inoculation.

Source: Government of Canada (March 24)

Vaccination poised to ramp up—Rankin
According to the latest federal numbers, Nova Scotia has the lowest vaccination rate in the country, with 3.26% of people having had at least one dose. (The national rate is 6.8%).

But in a recent media update, Premier Iain Rankin says the vaccination program is on track, promising that every person who wants a COVID-19 vaccine in Nova Scotia their first dose by the end of June.

“We have taken a steady and measured approach to the vaccine rollout so that we have a solid foundation in place to move large amounts of vaccine through clinics in communities across the province,” Rankin says.

Since Dec. 15, Nova Scotian health-care workers have dispensed 66,287 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with, 20,579 people getting the second dose.

The province plans to have five models of vaccine delivery: community clinics, pharmacy clinics, primary care clinics, outreach clinics, and mobile clinics. Officials expect to be dispensing 86,000 doses per week by May.

“We have always said we want to get good, then get fast,” Strang says in a press release. “Nova Scotia’s growth, in terms of doses in arms, is steady and significant. Our goal is to build a high level of population immunity against COVID-19, as fast as possible.”

Health-care workers and staff, and residents of licensed long-term care facilities are scheduled to be fully vaccinated by the end of April. Most Nova Scotians will continue to receive their vaccine when they become eligible by age and based on anticipated vaccine supply.

RCMP seeking info on dangerous drivers in Queens Co.
Police in Queens County are asking for the public for help after a pair of dangerous-driving incidents last month.

On. Feb. 19, a driver in Caledonia hit several mailboxes and crashed in a ditch, and then refused a breathalyzer test from police. Police have charged him and are asking witnesses to come forward to bolster their case.

On Feb. 21, a driver hit a person walking and another vehicle on Summerville, and then fled the scene. Police say it was a “dark car” and likely sustained damage on the driver’s side, but have no other details.

Kevin McBain reports for Lighthouse Now.

Racist graffiti in Antigonish Co.
RCMP are also asking for help finding whoever spray-painted anti-Indigenous graffiti on Hwy. 104 near Heatherton. The hateful message was “directly on the roadway.” says Cpl. Mark Skinner. Transportation Department workers have removed the paint.

The Reporter has the story.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Halifax Explosion that wasn’t
Less than three decades after the Halifax Explosion devastated the city, the disaster almost repeated itself.

Late in the Second World War, a careless smoker started a fire near the overcrowded naval ammunition depot in Bedford. For 36 hours, booms echoed around the city as firefighters and sailors fought the blaze. When 360 depth charges exploded, panicked officials evacuated north end Halifax and Dartmouth.

There was only one fatality: the sailor who sounded the alarm. Patrolman Henry Raymond Craig, 33, “attempted to proceed to the scene to help extinguish the fire. He was killed by the ensuing explosion before he could reach the scene,” according to his mention in dispatches.

Bob Gordon explores how a few heroic people saved the city in this Halifax Magazine historical report, originally published June 2019.

Colchester seeks input on climate plan
Municipal governments around Nova Scotia are awakening to the realities of the climate crisis, and making plans to face it. In Colchester County, officials have been working on a plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions over the next 30 years, and now they’re asking citizens to weigh in.

“Members of the community will have a chance to learn about the project and contribute to the implementation strategy at an upcoming virtual workshop,” says a recent update. “Those participating in the workshop can give feedback on proposed programming and policies, as well as share ideas.”

Hub Now has details.

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