COVID-19 Roundup: Approaching 1,000th recovery, uncertainty about reopening, running for a good cause

Yesterday, May 14, Nova Scotia confirmed two new cases of COVID-19. Nova Scotia has had 1,026 positive COVID-19 test results and 51 deaths. Nine people are currently in hospital, four in ICU; 999 people have recovered. According to a government press release, Northwood in Halifax currently has 27 residents and 15 staff with active cases.

No rush to reopen
Market-research group Decision Partners has been doing an ongoing series of web polls exploring how people are coping with the pandemic. While the polls aren’t scientific, they provide an interesting snapshot of evolving attitudes.

  • Most respondents say safety and staying healthy are top priorities.
  • Most respondents say they continue to believe current restrictions are appropriate.
  • Most respondents say they are not entirely comfortable participating in many of the activities that are opening up.
  • Respondents say they are most comfortable shopping online and doing curbside pick up, or walking, hiking, biking, and driving—activities where they feel more control.

Local runners raise $71K for shooting victims’ families
On May 6, we shared a story about Jody Mattie and his plan to bring runners together (virtually) to raise funds for the families of the Nova Scotia shooting victims. He had hoped to get 50 participants. When the event happened on May 8–10, some 1,592 runners and walkers took part, raising $71,000 for the families. That includes people around the world, with participants from as far afield as Kenya, Mexico, Singapore, and New Zealand. “Nova Scotians abroad who felt so helpless over these events were happy to have a way to pitch in,” Mattie says in this follow-up report by Raissa Tetanish for Hub Now.

Attitude of gratitude
Pugwash pewtersmith business Basic Spirit has announced a new product line that aims to support global efforts to fight COVID-19. The Global Gratitude line includes keychains and ornaments, with 10% of profits going to various charities. The company laid off about half of its team when the pandemic hit but co-founder Bonnie Bond says projects like this, combined with government funding, have forestalled deeper cuts. “We were all working in a world with so many unknowns… [But] we’ve been able to keep our staff on,” she tells Raissa Tetanish in this story from The Light.

Celebrating local businesses
Advocate Media, which owns Halifax Magazine, has launched Sine On, a new campaign to spotlight local businesses that are persevering in the face of the pandemic. The winner will get a $3,000 advertising package. Follow this link to nominate someone.

Reach out
Know a community group, good cause, or inspiring local story we should share? Email the editor.

This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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