COVID-19 Roundup: Library helps doctors prepare, mail delays, local poet finds new ways to reach readers

Yesterday, April 27, Nova Scotia confirmed 27 new cases of COVID-19.

Cases still climbing
Nova Scotia has had 26,231 negative tests, 900 positive COVID-19 tests, and 24 deaths. There are 12 pandemic patients in hospital, three in ICU. There are also 509 recorded COVID recoveries. “Confirmed cases range in age from under 10 to over 90,” says a government press release. “Cases have been identified in all parts of the province.”

Ask a librarian
Dr. Tom Dietz, an emergency department physician at the hospital in Lunenburg, needed a model of the human airway so he and his team could practise their skills in case they saw a flood of patients with breathing problems. He turned to South Shore Public Libraries and its 3-D printer. “He sent over a file, we tweaked it to our printer,” recalls librarian Troy Myers. “We printed him off some prototypes… And I think they were in use the next day as training tools.” See Keith Corcoran’s story for LighthouseNow.

It’s in the mail
Canada Post is warning customers to expect slower-than-usual parcel deliveries. “Canada Post said it is now processing and delivering parcels at levels only experienced during the busiest weeks of the Christmas season,” writes Jake Boudrot for The Reporter. “For example on April 20 they delivered more than 1.8 million parcels.”

Going where the readers are
For local authors, book launches are a critical opportunity to grab some local media attention, connect with readers, and get sales. The pandemic has taken all that away and writers are quickly adapting. Truro poet Chad Norman is holding a virtual launch on his publisher’s Facebook page, featuring readings and excerpts from his new book Squall: Poems in the Voice of Mary Shelley. In a series of poems, he explores the Frankenstein author’s life. “All the pieces go from there back to 1812,” he explains. “The poems are memories.” Raissa Tetanish reports for Hub Now.

Help for the home
There’s nothing like a few weeks of mandatory time at home to give you a keen eye for the house’s inadequacies. East Coast Living magazine has a huge free library of easy DIY projects to organize, refresh, and reinvigorate your space. Two that are especially pertinent right now: tips for a comfortable home office and tips for transforming kids rooms without emptying your wallet.

Need to know
Know a community group, good cause, or inspiring local story we should share? Email the editor.

This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

You have ? free views left this month!
Click HERE to login, or HERE to register.


Related Stories

No Related Posts for this Post.