COVID-19 Roundup: New cases dip, Snowbirds take flight, attitudes on easing restrictions, essential equipment, truckin’ on

CX04-2017-0135-061 11 April 2017 19 Wing Comox The Canadian Forces Snowbirds (431 Air Demonstration Squadron) perform over 19 Wing Comox. 431 (AD) Squadron and CF-188 Demo Team deployed to 19 Wing Comox to complete training prior to the start of the 2017 Air Show season. Approximately 42 personnel and 14 CT-114 aircraft deployed to 19 Wing Comox for the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. Pilots will acquaint themselves with mountainous terrain and over-water show sites. Images by MS Roxanne Wood 19 Wing Imaging 2017, DND-MDN Canada CX04-2017-0135-061 Le 11 avril 2017 19e Escadre Comox Les Snowbirds des Forces canadiennes (431e Escadron de démonstration aérienne) donnent un spectacle au-dessus de la 19e Escadre Comox. Le 431e Escadron de démonstration aérienne et l’équipe de démonstration du CF-18 se sont rendus à la 19e Escadre Comox afin de terminer leur entraînement en vue de la saison de spectacles aériens de 2017. Environ 42 militaires et 14 avions CT-114 ont participé au déploiement des Snowbirds des Forces canadiennes. Les pilotes se familiariseront avec le terrain montagneux et les lieux de spectacles au-dessus de l’eau. Photos : Matc Wood R.E. Services multimédias de la 19e Escadre 2017, DND-MDN CANADA

Yesterday, April 30, Nova Scotia confirmed just 12 new cases of COVID-19, raising the provincial total to 947. While the slowing pace of new cases is encouraging, it’s far too early to celebrate, cautions Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Now is not the time to let our guard down,” he says in a recent press release. “What we are doing is working to slow this virus’ spread and we need to stay the course. Please continue to follow public health orders and advice.”

Operation Inspiration
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds have announced plans to cross the country “to salute Canadians doing their part to fight the spread of COVID-19.” Operation Inspiration features the team’s signature nine-jet formation flying over cities across the country starting in Nova Scotia this weekend. “While Canadians may not be able to gather at air shows for now, we’re honoured to bring the Snowbirds team to Canadians and to pay special tribute to them,” says Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, Commander Royal Canadian Air Force, in a press release. Find locations, routes, and times for “Operation Inspiration” on the Snowbirds’ Facebook page.   

What do you think?
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. Some highlights from the latest edition:

  • 85% of respondents think the restrictions in their area are about right.
  • They are concerned about opening up too soon and risking another wave of outbreaks — “the virus is not gone”— and lockdowns.
  • They want assurances from trusted government and public health leaders that decisions to ease restrictions will be done gradually, carefully and based on data.

Essential equipment
Tackling a pandemic has highlighted how limited supplies of critical medical equipment are and local groups are scrambling to help. One such group is the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore, which has launched a fund to buy equipment for health-care workers in the fight against COVID-19 at Bridgewater’s South Shore Regional Hospital and Lunenburg’s Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital. “We want to make the work of our hospital staff and physicians just a bit easier as we all come together to fight this pandemic,” says foundation executive director Arleen Stevens. “At a time where people may feel powerless, this is an opportunity for them to help in the fight against COVID-19.” Gayle Wilson reports for LighthouseNow.

Truckers keep rolling
For visitors to Cape Breton, the Big Stop in Auld’s Cove is a frequent stop; for the truckers who have kept rolling 24/7 throughout the pandemic, it’s an essential oasis. “Our drivers deliver critical supplies to hospitals, long-term facilities, and of course millions of Canadians who are now self-isolating,” says Teamsters Canada spokesman Christopher Monette. “So in many ways, we’re as much of a frontline worker in this as anyone.” Despite that, truckers have struggled—as many businesses close or limit access—just to find meals and washrooms. As Drake Lowthers explains in this story from The Reporter, the Big Stop is helping with free meals and showers.

A pint of local
When the pandemic hit, Nova Scotian breweries scrambled to adapt, quickly adding online ordering, curbside pickup, and free home delivery. Want to enjoy a pint and support a local business this weekend? Halifax Magazine beer reporter Kim Hart Macneill has put together this comprehensive (and regularly updated) directory of your local-brew options.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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