COVID-19 Roundup: 3 more Northwood deaths, health-care worker bonus, festival cancellations hurt local biz, stories of resilience

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Yesterday, May 7, Nova Scotia announced nine more confirmed cases of COVID-19, plus three more pandemic deaths at Northwood. That raises the provincial totals to 44 deaths and 1,007 confirmed cases.

Bonus for health-care workers
Thanks to funding from the federal government, health-care workers in Nova Scotia supporting the pandemic response will get bonuses. “The Essential Health Care Workers Program will see health-care workers receive a bonus of up to $2,000 after a four-month period, beginning March 13,” says a press release from the provincial government. “It includes eligible employees at the Nova Scotia Health Authority, IWK Health Centre, and in long-term care, home care and in-home support and emergency health services. Employees who volunteered to be redeployed to work at a facility experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak will also receive this benefit.” Some 43,000 workers across Nova Scotia are eligible.

King’s Journalism students. Photo: Sam Gillett

Into the fire
The class of 2020 isn’t have grad parties or throwing their caps in the air. Instead, they’re facing a world of great economic uncertainty and few opportunities. And thanks to economy-wide layoffs, they’ll face fierce competition for the few available jobs. “There are going to be people who have five plus years’ experience and… that is your competition and not just fresh graduates,” says Carlos Calix, who recently completed a master’s in ecommerce. “That is kind of intimidating.” In the final report of her Halifax Magazine internship, Olivia Malley looks at what the future holds for her and her fellow graduates.

Festival cancellations hurt local biz
The cancellation of pretty much every upcoming festival and event in Nova Scotia isn’t just bad news for organizers—it’s a big revenue hit for hundreds of businesses. Consider CHAD Transit. For the busing company, running charters to events like Oktoberfest in Tatamagouche and The Stomp in Malagash is a reliable source of revenue. “We do $50,000–$60,000 a year in recreational charter,” says executive director Danny MacGillivray. “I am anticipating this year that will drop to almost zero.” Jackie Jardine reports for The Pictou Advocate.

Stories of resilience
The Coady Institute at St. FX in Antigonish is sharing stories from some 9,000 people in 133 countries around the world on the front lines of the pandemic. “Our partners have been in touch with us telling us several issues and challenges they’re facing,” says Yogesh Ghore. “But also, they told us the impact has on the communities they work with because a lot of our work is on community development. Drake Lowthers has the story for The Reporter.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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