Roundup: 12 new COVID cases—2 on university campuses, special glasses change woman’s life, Pictou Co. man faces attempted murder charges

Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 count jumped yesterday, as health officials reported 12 new cases, for a total of 29 known active cases in the province.

Two of the new cases are university students living on campus, one at Dalhousie and one at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish.

The government urges post-secondary students returning to Nova Scotia from outside of Atlantic Canada to visit to book a COVID-19 test around the middle of their isolation period. “Staying vigilant and following all the protective measures will help keep our case numbers low,” Premier Stephen McNeil says in a press release.

COVID on campus
St. Francis Xavier is one of the few post-secondary schools in Nova Scotia having mostly in-person classes during the pandeic. During the first semester, the school had no known cases of COVID, although officials cited dozens of students for flouting public-health rules.

Now the school has one known COVID case on campus, but university officials remain optimistic. “I… thank this individual for closely monitoring their health and for adhering to health and safety protocols related to testing,” says university president Andy Hakin.

Drake Lowthers has more for The Reporter.

Halifax in 1832.

Halifax’s first pandemic
In 1834, Halifax faced its first pandemic, as the cholera outbreak that previously ravaged Quebec City and Montreal found its way to Nova Scotia.

Colonial officials began preparing for the disease in 1832, leading to charges they were over-reacting.

“Two years ago the most ample preparation was made and very heavy expenses incurred, for the reception of Cholera, but the Cholera did not come,” said the Novascotian. “It is probable enough that the whole thing might have been managed with more economy; and if any body could have foreseen that the disease would have been two years travelling from Canada here, several thousands might have been saved.”

In this new Halifax Magazine report, Bob Gordon looks back at what we learned and the economy-versus-health debate that accompanies every pandemic.

Tammy Martin

Seeing clearly now
Due to a rare nerve condition, Tammy Martin of Bible Hill has lived with visual impairment her whole life. “The message that’s sent to my brain… it’s not what people will see,” she explains. “I don’t notice fine details, I don’t notice things from a distance… Everything seems smaller and further away.”

A few years ago, she got a pair of electronic eSight glasses that transformed her life, giving her better than perfect vision. But they have limitations; now she’s raising funds to buy the next generation of glasses, which will give her more freedom and flexibility, letting her do her job as an education assistant more effectively. Raissa Tetanish reports for Hub Now.

Pictou County man faces attempted murder charges
Police arrested a Fox Brook man after responding to a fire on Abercrombie Road, finding the house engulfed in flames and one man severely injured. Three women escaped unhurt.

“A man known to the victims had entered the home, sprayed a fire accelerant at the victims, and lit the accelerant,” reports The Pictou Advocate.

Daniel Kenneth Stewart of Fox Brook faces multiple attempted murder, assault, and arson charges.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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