Roundup: COVID update, storm clobbers eastern Nova Scotia, 2 charged in cocaine bust, Membertou lands national hockey tournament

Main Street in Antigonish during yesterday's storm. Photo: Drake Lowthers

Plus: The power of the pen — In the loneliest days of the pandemic, Dartmouth long-term care resident Evelyn Graves found comfort in her writing, documenting her experiences in a recent musical

Nova Scotia has 184 known active cases of COVID-19, with 29 new cases and 37 recoveries reported in yesterday’s government update. Eighteen people are hospitalized with the disease, including six in ICU.

Of the new cases, 21 are in the Central Zone, six in the Northern, and two in the Western. “There is also evidence of limited community spread in Halifax and Northern Nova Scotia,” according to the government press release.

Health officials say that another staff member at East Cumberland Lodge (a long-term care home in Pugwash), has tested positive. So far, 32 residents and 11 workers at the home have tested positive, and three residents have died.

The update also includes seven more school exposures, six in HRM: Basinview Drive Community School, Elizabeth Sutherland School, Fairview Heights Elementary, Grosvenor-Wentworth Park Elementary, Rocky Lake Elementary, and Sunnyside Elementary.

Premier Tim Houston and Dr. Robert Strang are scheduled to webcast an update today at 11 a.m.

Storm clobbers eastern Nova Scotia
Officials are still tallying up the damage after yesterday’s storm walloped eastern Nova Scotia, bringing heavy rains and flooding. It hit the Antigonish area particularly hard, with several roads flooded and bridges washed out.

Jake Boudrot surveys the damage for The Reporter.

Evelyn Graves

The power of the pen
For long-term care residents like Oakwood Terrace‘s Evelyn Graves, the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic were a frightening time of isolation and uncertainty.

“Everyone had the same fears because we did not know what was ahead for any of us,” she recalls. “It’s very scary to know, at our ages, because we’re all very senior here and know that anything could happen, that we might be here and not be able to say that our life might be ended … It was just a scary thing to think about.”

She found solace in her writing, creating a series of essays and reflections that eventually became a musical production at Bedford Baptist Church.

“When your hands are busy, your mind is busy,” she says. “I’ve written all my life; everywhere I go, or any adventures I have, I have to write about it … I would sometimes wake up in the middle of the night with a thought, and I would have to get up and write it because once you let that go, you can’t get it back.”

She tells Ameeta Vohra about it in this new Unravel Halifax interview.

Two charged in cocaine bust
A 38-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man, both from Pictou County, face charges of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking after a recent police search of a New Glasgow home. Police seized cocaine, money, and digital scales during the raid.

The Pictou Advocate reports.

Chief Terry Paul

Membertou lands national hockey tournament
Four years after first hosting the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships, Membertou First Nation in Cape Breton will again welcome the tournament in 2022, after scheduled host Regina pulled out due to COVID concerns.

After the first successful event, “We applied right away to host it again, getting in line,” says Chief Terry Paul, adding this next opportunity came sooner than they’d hoped. “Thankfully, we’re always prepared.”

See the story by Sam Laskaris in LighthouseNow.

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