COVID-19 Roundup: Michael Landsberg reaches out, the summer of drive-in movies, meeting N.S.’s chief medical examiner

Michael Landsberg

Yesterday, May 20, Nova Scotia tallied another COVID-19 death at Northwood. That makes the death toll 57 provincewide, with 51 of those deaths at the Halifax long-term care home. Nova Scotia also confirmed one new case of the disease, raising the total to 1,045. There have been 36,656 negative test results. Eight pandemic patients are currently in hospital, including four in ICU; 956 people have now recovered.

Sick not weak
Nova Scotia has experienced a lot of tragedy in the last few weeks and no area has been harder hit than the Colchester County area. That’s why Michael Landsberg and the #SickNotWeak organization are planning to host a virtual kitchen party on May 23 in support of the community. The lineup includes Atlanta Braves president Alex Anthopolous, Sportsnet’s Arash Madani, hockey legend Haley Wickenheiser, musicians Charlie A’Court and Rob Nash, and magician Ian Stewart.

“The goal of #SickNotWeak is always to offer a different take on mental health,” says Landsberg, “one that’s more real and less clinical. So hosting for folks who have already been through so much is a no-brainer.” Raissa Tetanish interview him for Hub Now.

Going to the movies
While we appear to be emerging from the pandemic’s first phase, it’s likely to be a long time before anyone sits in a crowded movie theatre, which means this could be a glorious summer for drive-in operators. At Highland Drive-In Theatre, management plans to resume screenings by mid-June. “I’m just so tired of the bad news,” says owner Eric Barker. “Northern Nova Scotia and this area have had nothing but closures and bad news for two years… It’s time people had good news [and] a place to go. And it’s a perfect family thing.” Jackie Jardine reports for The Pictou Advocate.

Behind the mask
In yesterday’s media briefing, Dr. Robert Strang (Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health) once again urged people to wear masks to fight the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a mask won’t stop you from catching the disease, but there is a mountain of evidence that it will reduce the chance of you spreading it. In this recent East Coast Living post, Kim Hart Macneill explains how easy it is to make your own mask.

Meeting Nova Scotia’s chief medical examiner
When tragedy strikes, Nova Scotia’s chief medical examiner Dr. Matt Bowes is often at the centre of the investigation. As he explains, he feels it’s his duty to bring closure to grieving families. “I recognize that in the past when this did not happen… loved ones must have been left haunted by such a painful legacy,” he tells Dorothy Grant in this recent Halifax Magazine profile. Sidebar: He also explains how he had to drag Nova Scotian MLAs to Florida to convince them to build a decent lab for the province.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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