“Stay the blazes home.” Most Nova Scotians clearly remember this instruction during the first wave of the pandemic. In April 2020, memes, t-shirts, songs and mugs appeared with the catchy refrain. And while this statement struck a chord with many Nova Scotians, others couldn’t follow this advice – people without housing or who were insecurely housed, living in crowded housing, or fleeing domestic violence. For individuals in those types of circumstances, Public Health’s Housing and Isolation Program, known as the HIP team, has been there to help.
In an effort to ensure all Nova Scotians have access to COVID-19 testing when needed, especially those in rural communities where testing is not available nearby, the Public Health mobile units will be offering testing throughout the province.
It was a chilly afternoon in March when a Truro Flying Club single-engine plane took flight from the Debert Airport. On board, Nova Scotia Health Northern Zone Public Health nurses (PHN) Angela Smith and Heidi Brown, along with enough COVID-19 vaccine to immunize an entire community.