Roundup: 11 active COVID cases, Guysborough seeks ambulance answers, New Glasgow police begin using body cameras, South Shore community loses bank

Nova Scotia has 11 known active cases of COVID-19, with one new case reported in the latest government update. The case is in the Central Zone, related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.

The rate of active COVID cases in Nova Scotia is about one per 100,000 people, which stands in sharp contrast to the situation in much of Canada. Nationally, the rate is 158 infections per 100,000 people, for a total of 59,551 known active cases from coast to coast, according to federal government figures.

Dr. Joanne Langley. Photo: Submitted

Leading the vaccination campaign
Dr. Joanne Langley is a Dalhousie infectious diseases expert at the forefront of Canada’s COVID inoculation efforts. With her inside perspective, she believes the current hiccups in the vaccine supply chain aren’t unusual.

“For those of us working in vaccines, these kinds of things are completely expected,” she says. “It’s not like you’re pouring a glass of water. It’s a biological process you’re dealing with. Things can go wrong. They will eventually go right… But you have to make sure you’re meeting every standard.”

She tells Janet Whitman about her work in this new Halifax Magazine story.

Guysborough Councillors seek ambulance answers
As concerns continue about the availability of ambulances in the Guysborough area, local municipal councillors have questioned Emergency Health Nova Scotia about its lack of minimum response time standards.

“When it comes right down to it, we’re playing Russian roulette,” says Warden Vernon Pitts. “The gun is going to go off one of these times.”

Drake Lowthers has the story for The Reporter.

New Glasgow police begin using body cameras
A body-camera pilot project is underway in New Glasgow, with four of the town’s police officers using the devices, which cost about $1,000 each, for the next two months.

“A lot of our incidents or calls become very dynamic,” says Deputy Chief Ryan Leil. “This data becomes a good training opportunity for us… What we hope to achieve here is increased transparency.”

Heather Brimicombe reports for The Pictou Advocate.

RBC pulling out of New Germany
This summer, Royal Bank plans to close its New Germany location, leaving locals with a 25-kilometre drive to the closest branch. “This really leaves the people of the area—as a great deal are seniors—without any way to pay bills or cash cheques,” says RBC customer Terry Meisner.

Keith Corcoran has details for LighthouseNow.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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