Map of COVID-19 cases reported in Nova Scotia as of May 2, 2021. Legend here. THE COAST

133 new cases, none of them at nursing homes, May 2

Nova Scotia reaches its latest record high of 822 active COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

The province is reporting 133 new cases on Sunday. Although this is a drop from the one-day record high of 148 cases announced Saturday, new infections are spread more widely across the province today: According to our location table at the bottom of this post, 10 of Nova Scotia's 14 community health networks have new cases today, compared to seven networks with fresh cases yesterday.

Twenty-four people who had COVID-19 have recovered from the disease since the last report, but with the 133 new infections the caseload has risen to a new pandemic record for the fifth day in a row; currently Nova Scotia has 822 active cases. There are now 34 people in the hospital, including six patients whose COVID symptoms are severe enough that they require intensive care. That's an increase from the 30 hospitalizations and five ICU patients reported Saturday.

The province is not reporting any new infections from staff or residents at long-term care facilities. Yesterday two residents at Clarmar Residential Care Facility in Dartmouth were announced as positive. Since November, the province's plan in case of COVID among nursing home residents has been to send the residents to special Regional Care Units for treatment, with the RCU for the Halifax area being at Ocean View Continuing Care Centre. The Coast asked the province if the two Clarmar residents have been moved to Ocean View; we still haven't received an answer and today's report doesn't mention their status.

Speaking of questions without answers, some of the positive cases reported on Saturday and Sunday are almost certainly from labs working through the backlog of 45,000 tests that was revealed on Friday. However, the province hasn't provided any details. It has not said how many of the cases announced over the weekend are "new" from testing the day before, and how many are "newly confirmed" out of the backlog of swabs taken last week. There were 15,832 tests processed yesterday by Nova Scotia's labs, down from the single-day high of over 16,500 completed tests reported yesterday.

"There are 117 cases in Central Zone, nine cases in Eastern Zone, one case in Northern Zone and six cases in Western Zone," says the Sunday provincial report. "There is community spread in Central Zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread."

Nova Scotia is now on day five on the latest lockdown restrictions, plus the weekend case counts are high, so Strankin clearly feels it's time for a pep talk. “I know it is tough to follow the restrictions, but Nova Scotians are known for doing what is needed, no matter how hard it is," says top doc Robert Strang in the province's update. "Follow the restrictions, and we will get through this difficult period sooner.”

For his part, premier Iain Rankin addresses the high numbers head-on in his quote from the update. “We can’t get distracted by the case counts or feel disheartened by them—we’ve hunkered down before and stopped the spread, and we will do it again.”

Where Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 cases are on Sunday, May 2

HEALTH ZONE & NETWORK NEW CASES CLOSED CASES ACTIVE CASES
Western zone totals 6 new 0 closed 24 active
Yarmouth - - 5
Lunenburg 3 - 9
Wolfville 3 - 10
Central zone totals 117 new 22 closed 714 active
West Hants 1 - 5
Halifax 44 4 246
Dartmouth 40 12 303
Bedford 14 1 57
Eastern Shore 3 - 22
Northern zone totals 1 new 1 closed 17 active
Truro 1 1 10
Amherst - - -
Pictou - - 7
Eastern zone totals 9 new 1 closed 67 active
Antigonish - - 1
Inverness 1 - 12
Sydney 8 1 54

TABLE NOTES The totals for the health zones (Northern, Eastern, Western, Central) may be different than the totals you'd get by adding up the numbers in the Community Health Networks that make up each zone. The zone totals reflect every case in the area, while the community network numbers only show cases that can be localized with the patient's postal code to a region inside the bigger area. Because case information may be updated by the province after cases are announced, two things that lead to different totals are common: 1. the province never gets the information to track some case(s) at the community network level, usually leading to a higher number of cases in the zone total than the sum of the networks, and 2. a case may appear in the network day(s) after it was announced when a case that didn't have a postal code receives one, usually leading to a lower number of cases in the zone total than the sum of the networks. The names of the community networks here have been adapted/shortened for simplicity (click to download the province's PDF map with the exhaustively complete network names). All data comes from the Nova Scotia COVID-19 data page. We use a dash (-) instead of a zero (0) where applicable in the health network numbers to make the table easier to read.

About The Author

Kyle Shaw

Kyle is the editor of The Coast. He was a founding member of the newspaper in 1993 and was the paper’s first publisher. Kyle occasionally teaches creative nonfiction writing (think magazine-style #longreads) and copy editing at the University of King’s College School of Journalism.

Support The Coast

At a time when the city needs local coverage more than ever, we’re asking for your help to support independent journalism. We are committed as always to providing free access to readers, particularly as we confront the impact of COVID-19 in Halifax and beyond.

Read more about the work we do here, or consider making a donation. Thank you for your support!

Comments (0)

Add a comment

Add a Comment

Get more Halifax

The Coast Daily email newsletter is your extra dose of the city Monday through Friday. Sign up and go deep on Halifax.


Recent Comments