Nova Scotia has 10 known active cases of COVID-19, with one new case (in the Central Zone) reported in the latest government update. Two people are currently hospitalized with the disease, including one in ICU.

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 854 tests on Feb. 3, for a total of 166,074 tests since the second wave of the pandemic began in October.

“As we are seeing low case numbers, we are also noticing fewer people taking advantage of our asymptomatic testing,” says Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “I want to encourage everyone, especially people with a high number of contacts, to make asymptomatic testing part of their regular routine. Testing is one way to stop COVID-19 before it has a chance to spread.”

As of Feb. 3, Nova Scotian health-care workers have dispensed 16,448 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with 4,046 Nova Scotians getting the second dose the completes their immunization.

Responsible for the future
Communities around Nova Scotia are awakening to the growing climate crisis, and a growing army of experts are helping them confront it. One of those people is Omar Bhimji, climate change mitigation coordinator for the Town of Wolfville.

He’s long worked in the field, but becoming a father has given his work new urgency. “Learning about climate change and feeling responsible for the future of this little creature and other people… got me focused on trying to figure out how to become a part of the fight against climate change,” he says.

Learn more in this new Halifax Magazine column.

Small-town business pivot to face pandemic
In the last 12 months, businesses worldwide have scrambled to adapt to the pandemic. And while many businesses in small towns and rural communities have struggled to survive, some have actually found a bright side, with Nova Scotians increasingly inclined to support local operations.

“We had to adapt, but we’re lucky because obviously Liverpool didn’t have a lot of cases,” says Shani Beadle, owner of Main & Mersey Home Store and Coffee Bar in Liverpool. “We had people traveling from all over Nova Scotia here. People that haven’t come to Liverpool for years were coming down because of the bubble, spending their money here. And so we had all of these people that discovered us.”

Kevin McBain reports for LighthouseNow.

Vernon Pitts. Photo: Submitted

Guysborough Co. ferry service out until May
The Country Harbour ferry service won’t resume until at least May, as the 40-year-old Stormont II has broken down and, according to transportation department officials, can’t be fixed.

“It’s unfortunate for the municipality and the users of the ferry to have this disruption of service,” says Warden Vernon Pitts. “But come May, we will have a brand new ferry… ready to make crossings in Country Harbour again.”

Drake Lowthers has more in The Reporter.

MHL season in flux
With COVID precautions and interprovincial travel restrictions, the Maritime Hockey League season remains a moving target, with more games rescheduled and postponed. The Pictou Advocate has the latest on the MHL’s ever-evolving schedule.

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