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3 new cases March 30

Tuesday's COVID-19 numbers in Nova Scotia.

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In its daily COVID-19 update, the province is reporting three new cases. "One case is in Central Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case," the province says. "Another case is in Northern Zone and is currently under investigation. The other case is in Eastern Zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The person is self-isolating, as required."

The Northern zone case, which our table, below puts in the Truro community health network, is discouraging not just because it's "under investigation" and therefore could be an example of community transmission of the disease, but because the Northern zone had been clear of C19 for the last nine days. Now, however, it is coloured red on our map, above, rather than the reassuring green it turned on Sunday, March 21.

Today's other two cases are in the Halifax and Inverness, Cape Breton community networks. Three patients recovered since yesterday's report, balancing the three new cases, so Nova Scotia remains at 24 active cases of C19 for the second day in a row. One of those active patients is sick enough to be in the hospital.

Local labs dealt with 2,572 Nova Scotian tests yesterday, an increase of more than 500 tests since yesterday, and smack dab on the current daily average. And local clinics put 5,179 doses of vaccine into Nova Scotian arms yesterday, not a record rate but well above the rolling daily average of around 3,300 doses.

Speaking of vaccines, at today's webcast C19 briefing chief medical officer of health Robert Strang addressed the latest concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine. The bottom line is Nova Scotia will follow Health Canada's recommendation that people under age 55 should not get the AZ jab; our full story about the situation is here.

Where Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 cases are on Tuesday, March 30

HEALTH ZONE & NETWORK NEW CASES CLOSED CASES ACTIVE CASES
Western zone totals 0 new 0 closed 1 active
Yarmouth - - -
Lunenburg - - -
Wolfville - - 1
Central zone totals 1 new 2 closed 20 active
West Hants - - -
Halifax 1 1 7
Dartmouth - - 7
Bedford - 1 3
Eastern Shore - - -
Northern zone totals 1 new 0 closed 1 active
Truro 1 - 1
Amherst - - -
Pictou - - -
Eastern zone totals 1 new 1 closed 2 active
Antigonish - - -
Inverness 1 1 2
Sydney - - -

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, because the province doesn't track all cases at the community network level. The zone totals reflect every case in the area; the community network numbers only show cases that can be localized to a region inside the bigger area. 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.

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