Roundup: Possible COVID re-infection, keeping Polish culture alive in N.S., beat back-to-school stress, lightning strikes multiple South Shore homes

Photo: Polish-Canadian Society of Nova Scotia

As of yesterday, Sept. 9, Nova Scotia has three known cases of COVID-19. Officials didn’t identify any new cases in the latest media update. So far, Nova Scotia has had 81,092 negative test results, 1,086 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 65 deaths.

In yesterday’s press conference, Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, revealed that the most recent case in Nova Scotia is a home-care nurse in the Central Zone who also tested positive in early May.

There are “implications for our understanding of immunity,” Strang says. “[It’s] more likely that we can’t count on a one-time infection producing lifelong immunity. Anybody who was infected in the first wave, we can’t just assume they have immunity now.”

Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund

Delay of game
Dartmouth’s Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund, one of the country’s top young football players, was supposed to be making his professional debut with the Calgary Stampeders this season. In the spring, he completed a successful stint in the top tier of American college football, where media lauded him as one of Southeastern Louisiana University’s “all time defensive greats.

But the pandemic cancelled the CFL season, leaving the highly touted prospect stuck in limbo at a pivotal moment in his career. While his future (and the CFL’s) remain unclear, it’s a rare accomplishment for a kid from Nova Scotia to make it as far as Adeyemi-Berglund has.

Just getting a chance to try out with an American college team was a long shot. He recalls sending countless emails, asking for a chance. “Hundreds of schools,” he says. “I used to send mass emails to every coach on a school’s directory. School after school after school. Small schools, big schools, any school.” In this Halifax Magazine story from October 2019, he tells Michael Cosgrove about his journey.

Keeping Polish culture alive in Nova Scotia
For the first time, Nova Scotia is marking Polish Heritage Month, with cultural events, exhibitions, and celebrations throughout September. “Polish Heritage Month is really an effort to share and celebrate Polish culture… to highlight how it has intersected with Nova Scotian and Canadian culture,” says organizer Alex Baranowski.

Running any sort of festival during a pandemic is difficult but launching a brand new one is even trickier. “We’ve done what we can to accumulate and create content for people to have a look at different aspects of Polish culture and history,” he adds. Raissa Tetanish reports for Hub Now.

Beat back-to-school stress
Even without the grim spectre of a pandemic, returning to school is a stressful time for children. “It varies from grade to grade and changes from kid to kid,” says psychologist Brad Peters. “What might have been easy for one kid could become more of an issue later and it may be the reverse for another kid.”

Parents need to pay close attention to children’s cues. They’re more likely to say “I don’t want to go to school” than to volunteer that they’re stressed or worried. “Keep an ear out for comments like that and ask… if it’s something they want to talk about,” advises parenting expert Kati LaVigne. For more warning signs and advice, see this Katie Ingram story from the free Our Children magazine archives.

Three lightning strikes in one night
Last month, an evening of violent storms kept South Shore emergency responders busy, as lightning struck three houses. The calls began in South Brookfield, where lightning hit a power line.

One person was home and “she saw the house fill with smoke and called 911,” says North Queens fire chief Chris Wolfe. Firefighters discovered and extinguished a fire in the basement but that was just the beginning of their busy night. For more about the unusual evening, see this Keith Corcoran story from LighthouseNow.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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