Community Resources

For a list of community resources related to COVID-19, please see this PDF which was compiled by the Community Health Board. 

Message from Warden Al Gillis

Over the last month, we have all experienced a drastic change in our lives due to the global pandemic of COVID-19. We all have found ways to adapt to new realities at home, at work and at play. Requirements like social distancing, travel restrictions and temporary closures of many business have been enforced at a provincial and federal level.

This week, the Provincial Government released data showing how we as Nova Scotians have been able to adapt in an effort to bend the curve so as not to overwhelm our healthcare facilities. Many Nova Scotians are doing well in complying with requirements, resulting in what Chief Medical Officer Dr. Strang has called bending the curve. As of April 14th, Cumberland was one of two areas in the province without an assigned case. While the case count is likely to change with time, I am proud that the residents of the Municipality are acting to bend the curve.

To the people working in Essential Services, on behalf of Council and the residents of the Municipality of Cumberland, I want to extend a heartfelt and sincere thank you. Thank you for your work everyday to continues to provide for your communities.

I want to remind everyone of these websites with important and helpful information:

Together, by continuing to practice good hand hygiene and social distancing, and following other directives issued by the Provincial Government we can keep our families, friends and neighbours safe.

Interim primary care access clinic in Cumberland County

The Warden received the following message from the Nova Scotia Health Authority on April 16, 2020 and was asked to have it shared widely.


A message from Dr. Aaron Smith, Co-Medical Executive Director, Northern Zone and Karen Pyra, Director, Primary Health Care, Northern Zone

Good day,

Nova Scotia Health Authority has established a virtual clinic for people in Cumberland County who do not have a family doctor or nurse practitioner. This is in addition to clinics that have recently opened in Truro and New Glasgow. The clinics will be operational through June 30, 2020, as a temporary measure to provide care for people who do not have a primary care provider during the pandemic.

We are working with a number of family doctors and nurse practitioners in Advocate, Amherst, Parrsboro, Pugwash, River Hebert, and Springhill who will provide appointments by phone to people in their area who are on the Need a Family Practice Registry. Anyone who does not have a primary care provider can add their name online at

The majority of the appointments will be by phone; there may also be video appointments. This is in keeping with the direction of physical distancing. The family doctors and nurse practitioners will determine if a patient needs to be seen in-person.

The participating family doctors and nurse practitioners provide same day or next day primary medical care for illness, injury, or more urgent health condition that requires prompt treatment, such as:

• Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
• Back, joint, or muscle aches and pains
• Earaches
• Mild headaches
• Eye irritation and infections
• Urinary problems
• Asthma (mild to moderate)
• Bites and stings
• Rashes, hives, and mild allergic reactions
• Cuts, scrapes, bruises, and other minor wounds
• Other minor conditions or minor injuries

People with two or more symptoms (fever, new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose, or headache) should complete the COVID-19 self-screen available at and then call 811 for advice, rather than make an appointment at one of these clinics.

All appointments at the primary care access clinics for unattached people must be arranged by phone. People who do not have a primary care provider and who are on the registry should call:
• Cumberland County: 1-855-597-2420 Monday – Friday, 9 am – 12 pm
• New Glasgow (serving Pictou County): 902-752-8643 Monday – Friday, 9 am – 12 pm
• Truro (serving Colchester East Hants): 902-899-2273 Monday – Friday, 9 am – 12 pm

Thank you.

Letter and FAQs from Chief Medical Officer of Health of NS

Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health of the Province of Nova Scotia has issued a letter and a document on frequently asked questions to support the Public Health Protection Act Order.


Click here for the letter from Dr. Strang


Click here for the FAQ document