Due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, the provincial government is reinstating New Brunswick border restrictions, as of 8 a.m. tomorrow.

“People should only travel to and from New Brunswick if absolutely necessary,” Dr. Robert Strang , Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, says in a press release yesterday.

New Brunswick currently has 132 known active cases of COVID-19.

“We are seeing the increased cases in New Brunswick and we are also seeing the presence of variants in the Saint John area,” Premier Iain Rankin says in a press release. “We have decided to reinstate our border restrictions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 … We follow the science and public health guidance. When we see changes, we act. This is a reminder of how quickly the situation can change with this virus. We ask Nova Scotians to remain vigilant with all the public health measures.”

Photo: Communications N.S.

Under the rules, people coming from New Brunswick are supposed to isolate upon arrival in Nova Scotia and complete the check-in form. There are exceptions for certain travellers (such as designated essential workers and people travelling for child-custody reasons).

Nova Scotia COVID count climbs
Nova Scotia has 45 known active cases of COVID-19, with six new cases (one in the Eastern Zone, two in the Central, and three in the Western) reported in yesterday’s update. Three people are currently hospitalized with the disease.

Nova Scotia labs completed 2,110 tests on April 12 and 331,899 since October.

As of April 12, health-care workers have doled out 157,590 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the province, with 31,294 Nova Scotians getting the second dose that complete inoculation.

New Glasgow fire was arson, say police
Someone deliberately set the Apr. 11 fire that damaged an apartment and commercial building in downtown New Glasgow, according to investigators.

New Glasgow Regional Police are asking anyone who was in the area around 7 a.m. to check dash-cam footage, and let them know if they see anything suspicious. “Any information provided may be crucial in helping solve this investigation,” says Const. Ken MacDonald.

The Pictou Advocate has the story.

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Ghosts of old Acadia
Their legacy is all around us, but most Nova Scotians know little about the pre-expulsion lives of the province’s original Acadian settlers.

In 2014, journalist Steve Proctor met Cheryl Perrett, a researcher from Louisiana who was working to change that by re-creating those settlers faces from remains found in unmarked graves.

“Look at the cheeks, how round they are,” she says. “My family has longer faces, so I was expecting something longer … but he’s so sweet. I could be looking into the eyes of one of my great ancestors for the very first time … You have to wonder what his life was like. What did he see? Did he help with the chores?”

Learn more about her work in this Halifax Magazine feature.

Bluenose centennial celebrations continue through 2021
Last month was the start of Bluenose 100, marking the centenary of the iconic schooner’s launch. Although the pandemic has kiboshed many traditional events, celebrations will continue through the year, including virtual gatherings, exhibitions, and performances, plus the Snowbirds aerial acrobatics team will perform a tribute show in August.

“The owners, builders, and operators likely had no idea the vessel would be a racing champion, and an enduring Canadian symbol,” says Arthur LeBlanc, Nova Scotia’s lieutenant governor, in a recording for the start of the event.

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

Tick safety tips
Disease-carrying ticks are a hazard of spring in Nova Scotia. As the weather warms, the dangers of the generally gross and unpleasant bugs grows.

“Nova Scotia reported the highest incidence of Lyme [disease] in Canada in 2016 at 34.4 per 100,000 population, which is 12.7 times the national average,” warns tick-safety crusader Brenda Sterling-Goodwin. “I feel certain the numbers today are much higher. Know what you need to do to remain safe and if you have the misfortune of being bitten, do not take it lightly. Seek knowledgeable help.”

Learn more about the perennial pests and how to avoid them in her recent letter to The Reporter.

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