COVID-19 Roundup: Mental-health supports, help for Northwood, a Haligonian in China shares his pandemic experience

Over the weekend, Nova Scotia experienced its deadliest days of the pandemic thus far and saw 17 killed in the Portapique shootings.

If you need mental-health support of any kind, you are not alone. The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them. Call toll-free: 1-888-429-8167. Kids Help Phone is also available around the clock. Call or text: 1-800-668-6868.

Help for Northwood
Yesterday, there were two more COVID deaths at the Northwood long-term care facility in Halifax. This raises the pandemic death toll to nine in the province. There were also 26 new confirmed cases in Nova Scotia yesterday, totalling 675 across the province. Care homes like Northwood have become hot spots .

“I want residents, families, and staff to know that we’re here to support them and work with them to bring the virus under control at this facility,” says Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, in a press release. “This is a very large facility, the virus is circulating broadly, many staff and residents have tested positive and they need our help.”

According to yesterday’s update, that help includes moving testing and treatment teams on site, and resident care help from the health authority, college and university students in related programs, Victorian Order of Nurses, Red Cross, Emergency Health Services, government staff, and staff from other long-term care facilities.

A Haligonian in China shares his pandemic experience
Originally from Halifax, Kyle Manzoni was living in Foshan, China when he began to hear rumours about a strange new illness. And then overnight, life abruptly changed. “Most Chinese people, especially those in my neighbourhood, were very calm,” he recalls in this Raissa Tetanish story from Hub Now. “Not ignorant. They were fully aware of what was happening but everyone just understood to wear your mask, don’t go outside right now. It’s going to be boring but that’s why we have phones.”

Having lived through the pandemic’s peak in China, and now seeing life slowly return to normal, he warns Nova Scotians that it isn’t time to consider easing restrictions. “More people are going to die,” he says. “For anyone young to middle age going out assuming it’s just older people: no, it’s not… [It’s] a life-threatening virus.”

Curl up with a book
It might be a good day for the family to unplug. From hands-on activities to whimsical adventures, Our Children magazine suggests several books (many locally published) to add to the family reading list.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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