This week, Nova Scotia’s nearly three-week streak without a case of COVID-19 ended.

On June 30 and July 1, the government issued press releases announcing one new case of COVID-19 in the province each day. Both are travel related. One individual was self isolating before testing positive.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority advised of potential exposure on WestJet flight WS 248 on Friday from Toronto to Halifax. The flight departed Toronto at 10:00 a.m. and landed in Halifax at 1:04 p.m.

While anyone on the flight could have been exposed, based on public health’s investigation to date, passengers in rows 16-21 who were seated in seats A-C are more likely to have had close contact. Passengers in these seats are asked to call 811 for advice.

“Today’s case shows that we cannot be complacent about this virus. Living with COVID-19 is part of our new normal and no one should let their guard down,” Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, said in the June 30 press release. “It remains vitally important for people to practise physical distancing wherever possible and wear a mask when this is difficult, follow all public health directives on how people can gather, staying home if unwell and practise good hand washing and cleaning.”

To date, Nova Scotia has 53,847 negative test results, 1,063 positive COVID-19 cases, and 63 deaths.

Province orders Northwood review

Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey announced a review of the COVID-19 outbreak at Northwood’s Halifax campus on June 30. The review is being done under the Quality-improvement Information Protection Act. Dr. Chris Lata, an infectious disease consultant, and Lynn Stevenson, former British Columbia associate deputy minister of health will lead the quality-improvement committee and determine what factors contributed to the spread of COVID-19 at Northwood.

“COVID-19 has disproportionately affected seniors both locally and nationally,” Dr. Lata said in the release. “The long-term care system and its safe and efficient function is critical to serving our elderly population and to the overall delivery of health care. The investigation into Northwood will help identify areas of improvement and safety factors that may prevent serious outcomes at all of our long-term care facilities in the future.”

Minister Delorey will receive the report by Sept. 15, and will make it public after a review period.

Cheers for Atlantic-published books

This year’s Atlantic Book Awards looked a little different, with the gala event happening online rather than in a hotel ballroom, but the excitement about local lit was the same.

Nova Scotian authors took home numerous awards. Ami McKay won the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award and the Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award for Daughter of Family G: A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate. Lucas Crawford, who was born in Halifax, raised in rural Nova Scotia and now teaches at UNB, won the J.M. Abraham Poetry Award for Belated Bris of the Brainsick. Halifax Illustrator Sydney Smith won the Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration for Small in the City. Cape Breton novelist Amy Spurway won the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award for Crow. Beloved children’s author Sheree Fitch won the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature for Everybody’s Different on EveryBody Street.

Read more about Fitch’s win in Rassia Tetanish’s reporting for The Light.

Go for a ride

So many people have turned to cycling as a means of transportation and a replacement for the gym during the pandemic that suppliers face a bicycle shortage, says a recent New York Times piece.

If you happen to have a dusty ride in the basement, our sister publication East Coast Living has a quick primer on basic maintenance that may get you back in the saddle faster than waiting for an appointment at your local bike shop.

Eat local

If you have a patch in your back garden or buy rhubarb at your closest farmers’ market, you’re well aware we’re in peak rhubarb season. Hub Now food columnist Mari Ann Stiles shares her BBQ rhubarb chicken recipe.

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