Lobster Carnival’s a go

The Pictou Lobster Carnival will go on this year. Chairman Shawn McNamara and media relations officer Kent Corbett, who is also managing the event’s Covid Relief Plan, are thrilled to announce this much-loved festival will return to the county. This year’s Lobster Carnival will run July 9-11. But, they caution, it won’t be the same...

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Public Health Mobile Units to take proactive testing to Pictou

COVID-19 testing will be dine in Pictou this weekend. A press release from Nova Scotia Health says that in an effort to keep COVID-19 under control in Nova Scotia, Public Health is travelling to communities where there are currently no active cases or potential exposures – like Pictou. This gives Public Health a way of...

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Remembrance Day services modified due to COVID-19 restrictions

As is the case with many public events during the pandemic, Remembrance Day services around the province will be modified somewhat this year. Veterans Affairs Canada contracts Nova Scotia Health to provide care at seven veterans’ long-term care facilities in the province. They include: Taigh Na Mara (Glace Bay, Eastern Zone) Harbourview Hospital – (Sydney...

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Public health

By Dr. Jock Murray During this Covid-19 pandemic, Nova Scotians have become aware of the importance of public health concepts and the role of public health professionals. They are the ones we look to for advice, in hopes that their decisions and recommendations will keep us safe. Nova Scotia’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Robert...

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Libraries open, changes for safety

All branches of the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library are now open for public service (with limited open hours), including the Borrow-by-Mail service. The virtual library, www.parl.ns.ca,  continues to remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Although to keep everyone safe, PARL has had to change a bit so staff can safely provide public...

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Canada Day festivities cancelled

Many people are expressing sadness at the cancellation of Westville’s Canada Day activities. The organizing committee announced via Facebook that the event for 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding it. “Even with the seemingly improving COVID-19 situation in Nova Scotia and the rest of the Maritimes, it has become...

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Don’t neglect your health: Doctors’ offices still open for business

Now is not the time to neglect your health. That is the message local family doctors are sending to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Simran Ohson, a family doctor at the Pictou West Collaborative Practice in the Sutherland-Harris Memorial Hospital, said with empty waiting rooms in doctors’ offices, he believes there is a misconception...

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Ten new cases of COVID-19 in province, new measures announced

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced further measures Tuesday to strengthen the health system and help Nova Scotians dealing with COVID-19. “Keeping Nova Scotians safe and healthy is our number one job,” said McNeil. “We all need to keep working together, support one another and make...

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One new presumptive case of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

As of today, Nova Scotia has five confirmed cases and 10 presumptive cases of COVID-19, for a total of 15. One new case was identified Thursday, March 19. It is travel-related. The cases are located across the province. The 15 individuals affected range in age from mid-20’s to mid-70’s. Public health has been in contact...

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First presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia; new prevention measures

The province’s first three presumptive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were announced today, March 15. The province is also taking further measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Officials say the cases are not connected and are travel related. The individuals followed all the proper procedures when they started to feel unwell. “My thoughts are...

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