Because of the implications of the COVID-19 scenario, the Tri-County Vanguard – together with all different Saltwire Community weeklies in Atlantic Canada – will not be being printed for a interval of 12 weeks. In case you missed it, click here for a letter to readers about the situation our company is facing throughout these troublesome and unsure instances and how one can help native journalism. Your help is extra vital than ever.
Since you are not receiving a weekly print version of the Tri-County Vanguard, to additional provide help to maintain observe of what is been occurring domestically in Yarmouth, Shelburne and Digby counties we can be offering a weekly roundup of tales from the area that we have posted on our web site Saltwire.com, together with a couple of different gadgets that fall within the ‘issues to know’ class in addition to the ‘in case you missed it (ICYMI)’ class. We’ll present this recap every Wednesday, the day our newspaper would usually hit the newsstands and these tales would have been in print.
A reminder, our Vanguard workplace is closed to the general public till mid-June and apart from our editor Tina Comeau, all of our newsroom workers, advert reps and entrance workplace have been quickly laid off. However even with a lot fewer folks sources, as a newspaper we’re nonetheless offering native information on-line at Saltwire.com and together with updates and hyperlinks on our Yarmouth, Digby and Shelburne Fb pages.
We’re additionally bringing you each day provincial and federal COVID-19 updates on-line and on social media.
Here is a recap of a few of our native content material…
Separated from family members:
Tam MacPhee didn’t notice it on the time however Friday the 13th was her fortunate day.
That’s as a result of March 13 was the final time she noticed her mom, Norma Tedford, on the Yarmouth County long-term care facility her mother lives in. Customer restrictions now forestall her from visiting her mom, and, she says, to assist along with her mother’s care.
And whereas long-term care amenities do all the things they will inside their partitions to maintain residents secure, they’re additionally doing what they will to maintain households related.
Dealing with COVID scenario
It’s exhausting sufficient to take care of the routine of supper even at the perfect of instances.
“What’s for supper?” “What’s for supper?” “What’s for supper?”
However a mom and daughter from Yarmouth County have stepped as much as the plate significantly through the COVID-19 pandemic as a method of not solely feeding their bellies, but in addition feeding their souls.
A brand new COVID-19 goal
A constructing by which folks usually obtain details about locations to go to in Nova Scotia is now as a substitute serving to folks uncover whether or not they’re constructive or adverse for COVID-19 throughout an period the place everyone seems to be urged to remain residence.
The Yarmouth provincial Customer Info Centre (VIC) is now getting used as a COVID-19 evaluation centre. Initially, the evaluation centre in Yarmouth had been on the Yarmouth Regional Hospital however the Nova Scotia Well being Authority (NSHA) has moved the centre out of the hospital.
Evaluation centres are additionally situated on the Digby Basic Hospital and Roseway Hospital in Shelburne County.
What else do you could know?
Hospital restrictions and different modifications
Along with beforehand introduced customer restrictions, the Yarmouth Regional Hospital has restricted entrances for the general public to make use of.
At Yarmouth Regional Hospital, this implies sufferers and accepted guests should now enter the hospital by the entrance/main-North entrances solely.
There are additionally been modifications to blood assortment companies. The well being authority says to preserve and redeploy its sources as a part of its response to COVID-19 all NSHA outpatient blood collections within the western zone are actually happening by booked appointments solely.
COVID-19 places brakes on automobile present
The affect, fallout and uncertainty over COVID-19 has put the brakes on a significant automobile present in Yarmouth that draws 1000’s of spectators, sees enormous enterprise sponsorship help and final yr noticed in upwards of 700 automobiles showcased.
The Roaring 20’s Vintage Auto Membership has cancelled its 2020 Yarmouth Automobile Cruise and Automobile Present that was scheduled for July 17 and 18. It was a troublesome choice however an avoidable one given the continued COVID-19 scenario.
Shelburne County municipal places of work nonetheless closed
All 5 municipal models in Shelburne County have made the choice to maintain their municipal places of work closed till at the very least April 20 in mild of the extension of the State of Emergency issued by the Province on account of COVID-19.
Though the places of work stay closed all municipal models proceed to supply the companies it will probably throughout COVID-19. Residents are inspired to name their municipal workplace when you they any questions or go to the municipal web sites and social media channels for present updates.
The next measures stay in place as they proceed to work beneath a provincial State of Emergency:
▪ All non-essential companies, reminiscent of by-law enforcement, is decreased, in favor of extra crucial municipal companies.
▪ All recreation associated actions are suspended till additional discover.
▪ All municipal associated journey is suspended till additional discover.
▪ Curiosity fees are being waived till additional discover.
“The municipal models wish to remind residents that it is a time by which we have to come collectively and take into consideration one another,” reads a media launch. “Serving to our neighbors and people most susceptible, together with our private security is vital. There isn’t any doubt that these difficult instances may cause nervousness and stress however there isn’t a must panic.” Keep residence when you may, wash your fingers usually and follow bodily distancing of two metres or 6 ft. Keep Secure!
Individuals can proceed to go to https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus for up-to-date details about COVID-19.
City urges widespread sense for disposal of gloves
The City of Yarmouth shared a disturbing submit on its Fb web page regarding the correct disposal of gloves.
The April 7 submit learn: In latest days, City of Yarmouth workers have been discovering many pairs of discarded latex gloves on the streets and sidewalks. Whereas that is fully unacceptable for a lot of causes, it is particularly disturbing provided that there are quite a few waste receptacles downtown.
For those who select to put on gloves, get rid of them in a accountable method. Convey them residence and put them in your rubbish, or place them in a rubbish receptacle and never on the road. By leaving them out on the road or sidewalk, another person has to choose them up. They might choose up the undesirable germs that you’re defending your self from.
City of Digby dropbox
The City of Digby has added a dropbox at its city corridor. That is now accessible to folks who’ve paperwork, funds, and so forth. to drop off. The dropbox is situated within the entrance of the city corridor at 147 First Avenue and is on the market 24 hours a day.
Digby Pines replace
Whereas the shutdown of many common leisure places continues for the foreseeable future, there are hopes to finally get issues again up and working when Public Well being says it’s secure to take action. Others are evaluating their plans and sharing updates.
Annah Boucher, appearing normal supervisor of the Digby Pines golf course, provided this replace on social media: The circumstances of our each day lives proceed to vary because of the COVID-19 pandemic and we want to share with you our most up-to-date developments. This present day, our opening date has been pushed to June 19. Our first precedence is making certain the security of our Digby Pines staff, our group members and our visitors. Within the coming days we can be connecting with visitors who’re impacted by this transformation.
The City of Yarmouth says it’s dedicated to taking each measure attainable to cut back the unfold of COVID-19 and help the provincial State of Emergency. On April three it suggested the general public by means of a media launch that the Killam Brothers Marina, situated at 90 Water Avenue, is closed and never accepting any vessels till additional discover.
For a full detailing of all closures and vital data on the City of Yarmouth’s enterprise continuity through the COVID-19 scenario, go to: https://www.townofyarmouth.ca/business-continuity-update-covid-19.html
RCMP provincial replace on enforcement
In a media launch on April 7, the Nova Scotia RCMP stated that since April three it had charged 38 folks for offenses beneath the Nova Scotia Well being Safety and Emergency Administration Acts.
With fees that already got here earlier than that, general to this point as of April 7 a complete of 54 folks have been charged by the RCMP with offenses associated to the present provincial State of Emergency in Nova Scotia, the RCMP says.
“The RCMP thanks Nova Scotians for his or her continued help and to the overwhelming majority of people who find themselves adhering to the directives outlined by the provincial authorities to cut back the unfold of COVID-19,” learn the media launch. “Nova Scotians are identified for serving to each other in instances of want and we ask folks to proceed to guard their communities by adhering to the directives outlined by the federal government to cut back the unfold of COVID-19.” To seek out out extra concerning the legal guidelines which might be in place to assist sluggish the unfold of COVID-19 and shield Nova Scotians, go to novascotia.ca/coronavirus and canada.ca/coronavirus.
Yarmouth’s Sophie Atkinson will get Holland Hurricanes basketball accolades
The 2019-20 Holland Hurricanes ladies’s basketball staff named the winners of it is annual awards. Profitable the High Offensive Participant Award was Sophie Atkinson of Yarmouth.
The PEI faculty staff performs within the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Affiliation (ACAA). Atkinson, who enrolled within the Sport & Leisure Administration program starting this previous September, is taking part in her first yr with the staff.
“If I take advantage of my strengths I can be a robust participant on the defensive finish,” she had stated previous to the season in a bio posted on the Holland School web site. “My aggressiveness mixed with my basketball IQ helps me see the ground and be one step forward of our opponents. I’ll carry a constructive and coachable angle to the staff this season.”
Some extra ‘in case you missed it’ from on-line. . .
Keep away, says Municipality of Clare
Yearly throughout the Easter lengthy weekend, lots of of individuals flock to a canoe rally that takes place within the Municipality of Clare. It’s not an organized occasion, however relatively, a practice folks simply present up for.
The message from the Municipality of Clare this yr – keep away.
“If it was a municipal exercise or if it was an exercise that had a board of administrators or perhaps a committee, we might sit down and cancel however, in actuality, that is an unorganized occasion. Easter weekend comes round; folks simply collect and take part,” says Clare Warden Ronnie LeBlanc.
Nonetheless spreading pleasure
The horn on the hearth truck blared. The tow truck’s lights flashed. Some automobiles have been embellished with balloons and indicators. “Completely happy birthday!” folks shouted, whereas beeping their horns.
And watching, grinning from ear to ear, was Jace Doucet – celebrating his fifth birthday and watching his private two-minute birthday parade passing by.
This yr was the primary time the little boy from Amiraults Hill, Yarmouth County, had been sufficiently old to be actually enthusiastic about his upcoming birthday, his mother says.
However then he could not have his social gathering.
So the household moved to Plan B.
Hospital fundraisers impacted
The continued COVID-19 scenario will not be solely impacting hospitals within the province from an operational standpoint in Yarmouth it’s additionally having an affect on fundraising.
“The emergence of the COVID-19 disaster is impacting the supply of well being care in Western Nova Scotia in some ways, together with the fundraising actions of the Yarmouth Hospital Basis,” reads a press launch.
The inspiration’s main occasions have been cancelled for this yr, stated board chairman Dr. Harold Cook dinner within the launch. One is the annual Spring Gala that may have been held on the Yarmouth Mariners Centre on Could 30. The opposite is the Jody Shelley Golf Fore Well being occasion that was scheduled to happen on the Yarmouth Hyperlinks on July 10.
Reaching out to college students
Université Sainte-Anne is taking the time to reassure grade 12 college students – and all future college students – that, regardless of the distinctive circumstances prompted by COVID-19, the college group is working collectively to help them within the coming months.
At residence studying packets
SaltWire Community can be distributing at-home learning packages bi-weekly for Grade Major to 9 college students by means of a partnership with the Nova Scotia Division of Schooling.
The Grade Major to Grade 9 package deal is on the market on-line at https://curriculum.novascotia.ca/parentfamily-information
For highschool grades discuss with your faculty’s web site and Fb pages for data.
April Idiot’s Day joke not humorous
Whereas it’s enjoyable to have a way of humour on April Idiot’s Day, a prank that was circulated on social media relating to the closure and reopening of colleges in Nova Scotia was something however humorous, say the province’s premier and schooling minister.
“That is somebody’s concept of an April Idiot’s joke. Within the present local weather of preventing in opposition to COVID-19 and making an attempt to maintain information straight, this isn’t humorous,” Premier Stephen McNeil posted on his Fb web page. “It’s irresponsible and blatantly false.”
Added Schooling Minister Zach Churchill. “It simply actually complicates issues at a time that’s sophisticated sufficient.”
Across the province
The numbers as of April 8
As of April 8, Nova Scotia had confirmed 342 circumstances of COVID-19, which included 32 extra from the day earlier than.
Thus far, Nova Scotia had 11,346 adverse take a look at outcomes, 342 constructive COVID-19 take a look at outcomes and one loss of life. Confirmed circumstances ranged in age from beneath ten to over 90. Eleven people have been at the moment in hospital, 5 of these in ICU. Seventy-seven people had since recovered and their circumstances of COVID-19 are thought-about resolved. Circumstances have been recognized in all elements of the province. A map and graphic presentation of the case knowledge is on the market at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data/ .
The QEII Well being Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab is now working 24 hours. Whereas most circumstances in Nova Scotia have been related to journey or a identified case, there’s now group unfold, subsequently journey has been eliminated as a requirement for testing for COVID-19.
The checklist of signs being screened for has additionally expanded, it was introduced on April 8. The province says you probably have two or extra of the next signs, to go surfing and go to https://811.novascotia.ca/ to find out when you ought to name 811 for additional evaluation:
• new or worsening cough
• sore throat
• runny nostril
Keep the blazes residence
‘Keep the blazes residence grew to become a catch-phrase for the province when Premier Stephen McNeil stated it throughout an April three provincial media briefing that he held with Dr. Robert Strang.
The phrase additionally generated some songs. Thought we might share a pair when you’re all staying the blazes residence.
One other of our publications that’s not being printed for 12 weeks is the Tri-County Further. Right here are some things we have posted on-line from that publication from a few of our group contributors.