COVID-19 Roundup: 50th Northwood death, 3D printers to the rescue, a strange lobster season begins


Yesterday, May 19, there was another COVID-19 death at Northwood, raising the total to 50 at the long-term care home. There’s also one new confirmed case of the disease. Provincewide, Nova Scotia has 36,438 negative test results, 1,044 positive COVID-19 tests, and 56 deaths. Nine people are in hospital, five in ICU; 956 people have recovered.

Printing protective gear
The shortages have essential protective gear for frontline workers have highlighted gaps in the supply chain, but the situation is also highlighting the barely tapped potential of 3D printing. Like tech savvy people around the world, Mat Nightingale has gone to work with his 3D printer (and two he borrowed) to make face shields and other gear. Recently, he delivered 162 face shields and 175 ear savers to two health-care facilities in the Chester area. “Everyone’s trying to do their bit,” he says in this LighthouseNow story by Keith Corcoran. “There’s a lot of good will going around at the moment.”

An unusual lobster season
Last week, workers on the Northumberland Shore began one the strangest lobster fishing seasons in the industry’s history. In the preceding weeks, uncertainty swirled around how they could follow public-health rules, what sort of government support was available, and whether they’d even find markets for the catch. Recently Ottawa earmarked $470 million in funding, calming many fears. “The announcement was long overdue and is a relief to fish harvesters and coastal communities who have been making these requests since March,” Gaëtan Robichaud, president of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union, says in The Pictou Advocate.

Duncan and Pam Crowdis

Recovering from COVID
When Pam and Duncan Crowdis of Lunenburg tested positive with COVID in March, they went public, urging people to follow the new public-health rules. After several weeks of aches, pains, and fevers they’re both recovered. “We’re both fine now,” Duncan says. “Given what I hear from others going through this [our cases were] pretty mild to tell you the truth.”

But he worries about infected people who are asymptomatic, who aren’t being tested because they aren’t showing evidence of the virus, who may not be taking the proper precautions, or who are ignoring public-health laws. “Just think about the number of people are roaming around now if they aren’t self-isolating and are spreading this thing around,” he says. Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.  

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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