COVID-19 Roundup: Helpers need help, running for shooting victims’ families, Nova Scotians stitched together, web shopping safely

Yesterday, May 5, Nova Scotia announced three more COVID-19 deaths at Northwood. Provincewide, the pandemic has killed 41 people. There were also six new confirmed cases, raising that tally to 991 total. “We are working hard with the Northwood team and our partners have rallied around the home and its residents and staff,” says Premier Stephen McNeil in a press release. “We will keep supporting them until this horrible disease is defeated.”

Souls Harbour sees greater need than ever
When the pandemic hit, Souls Harbour Rescue Mission on Cunard Street lost most of its volunteers and a key source of revenue, but homeless and vulnerable people need its services (especially the lunch program) more than ever. An emergency appeal has helped for now, but shortfalls still loom. “You can only send out one emergency appeal, you cannot do two,” says cofounder Michelle Porter. “So yes, it was amazing and so generous, but I don’t know what we’ll do next month.” Learn about the Mission’s vital work, and how you can help, in this new Halifax Magazine report by Kim Hart Macneill.

Runners support shooting victimsfamilies
At first, Jody Mattie’s plan was to host a 5K run from his home course in Truro, bringing together (virtually) a few fellow runners to support a local good cause grappling with the pandemic. After the mass shooting last month, he shifted the focus to supporting the victims’ families. “Now we have over 600 people registered and we’re pushing $25,000 in registration and donations,” he tells Raissa Tetanish in this Hub Now report. “Fifty people was my goal.” Between May 8–10, participants will virtually connect and run or walk 5K routes in their own communities.

Stitched together
In Pictou, Glady Knowles has found another way to work around the pandemic and send love to the Portapique families. She’s rallying her friends in the sewing community to make quilts for the victims’ families, as a physical expression of support when a hug isn’t possible. “It’s just a wonderful way to wrap your arms around the families,” says quilter Lynn Langille. Jackie Jardine reports for the Pictou Advocate.

Let the web shopper beware
Shopping online helps people distance and reduce the risk of COVID exposure, but it also comes with risks. Scams abound, products aren’t always as advertised, and some web sites won’t properly protect your financial information. In his latest consumer-affairs column for Halifax Magazine, Peter Moorhouse has advice to keep you safe. The simplest tip? Shop local.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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