COVID-19 Roundup: 977 recoveries, making art at home, exploring N.S. by foot, new biz uncertainty

Point Prim, Digby County

Yesterday, May 29, Nova Scotia recorded two new cases of COVID-19. The province has had 1,055 positive COVID-19 test results and 59 deaths. There are eight people with the disease in hospital, including three in ICU; 977 victims have recovered.

A safe haven
At Tearmann House women’s shelter in Pictou County, things have gone “eerily quiet” over the last couple of months. “Women were in a situation where they were isolating with their abusive partners and not having the freedom to find space to reach out,” says executive director Donna Smith.

In this Pictou Advocate story by Heather Brimicombe, she reminds people that the doors never close at Tearmann House, as the organization carries on its work. And as the lockdown loosens, the requests for help are returning. “We are working with women and continuing to support women with shelter and outreach services,” Smith adds.

“Far from over”
Less than a month after Denyse Stronge opened the Crafty Shore boutique in Tatamagouche, the pandemic hit. The emergency order didn’t compel her to close but she realized it was her only responsible choice. She made the decision on March 21. At one point there were 12 people in the store; she watched person after person handle the products, making her realize the risk of spreading COVID-19. “We have some very unique items and everything has to be touched,” she says. “The safety of the customer is certainly more important than the almighty dollar.”

She’s been offering curbside pickup but wants to join many other Nova Scotians in reopening on June 5, allowing four customers maximum in the store at once. She’s hopeful her nascent business will find a way to thrive but faces great uncertainty. “When I was closed, I thought it would be for a couple of weeks,” she says, “but this is far from over.” Raissa Tetanish reports for The Light.

Stepping out
With people keen to escape isolation and explore their province, Hike Nova Scotia moved its Introduction to Hiking information online with a sold-out webinar last night. “This… is our way of engaging people who want to start hiking or hike more but want some basic knowledge to stay safe and have a good experience,” says executive director Janet Barlow in The Reporter. A schedule for future webinars is TBA. Meanwhile, you’ll find lots of other resources for veteran or newbie hikers on the organization’s website.

Jamie Rhae Oudemans

Businesses get creative
With customers forced to stay away for weeks and many reluctant to return even when they’re able, businesses have had to find creative ways to continue serving them.

At Clay Café in Truro, Jamie Rhae Oudemans has found many people yearning for artistic expression these days, so she’s created to-go kits, allowing them to have the studio painting experience at home. “Our customers are loving the opportunity to paint and create again and again,” she says. “Some families are working on sets of dishes, mugs for the whole family.” She tells Raissa Tetanish about it in this Hub Now story.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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