Covid-19: Opening Up Choices Need To Reflect Regional Differences

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  • I read your article “NS must be flexible while easing Covid-19 restrictions” this morning with great interest. I agree with you 100%. My husband and I live in the Northern Zone which has the least number of cases in the Province. We too would like to know how many active cases there are at the present time in each zone.

    We are particularly interested in the easing of health restrictions on elective surgery and other procedures. My husband has had a very large kidney stone for several weeks which got infected with sepsis. They put in a ureteral stent and he is waiting for lithotripsy surgery to remove the stone. I don’t believe our Truro hospital has any Covid-19 cases at the present time. There was one man in ICU for 37 days but has since been transferred to the Aberdeen. I believe it should be fairly safe to do elective surgeries at the Truro hospital so I wonder why we have to wait until everything is fine in the HRM.

    I was scheduled to receive a cortisone shot and speak to my orthopaedic surgeon in New Glasgow but it was cancelled the day before my appointment in early March. I hope you reporters keep after Mr. McNeil and Dr. Strang to do the right thing and start to ease restrictions in areas of the province that are safe to do so. Thank you for the excellent article.

    M | May 11, 2020 | Reply

  • Interesting that you chose golf as an example, and yet golf courses are not open. The only place where golf is social is the bar at the end of the game. I wait for my husband to clear the tee before I get there, he hits one side of the fairway and I the other, we even don’t have similar putting challenges. If you don’t pull the pin, and the course has foam in the hole, there is no opportunity to contaminate playing partners who live in the same household. Why has Nova Scotia not followed BC’s lead on golf but has put it in the same category as a high contact sport, soccer? Golf is an outdoor excuse for a walk, good exercise if you are trying to stay healthy. We should all write our MLAs to question the easing strategy; thank you for starting this conversation.

    Mary Brooks | May 9, 2020 | Reply

  • I believe that your suggestion that different regions should normalize strategically based on the local effect is correct. I live in a rural community where there has been not one person who has been infected.

    How does one possibly stay physically and equally important, mentally health if the law states, you are alone. There is a one of the most beautiful beaches I know next door to me. Nobody is here, the ocean is beautiful but cold. On the biggest day of the summer there may be 10-15 people there. The beach goes for miles.

    I do not like government controls on my personal freedom. I appreciate what our National government has done to protect all of us but the regional situations don’t necessarily need the hand of the federal government.

    I think my Prime Minister has done a fantastic job. It is however time for communities to make decisions for themselves.

    I guess that is hard to do if you can not walk down a 3 km long beach, staying six feet away from your colleague and find really ways forward.

    I think this is enough. We never thought before that people were responsible. Crimes, deceptions and corruption. I think most of us have proven we are good.

    The point is, Canada is enormous. There is space for us. We are fortunate. Please let me walk on a beach that no one else is on!

    John Power | May 8, 2020 | Reply