Map of COVID-19 cases reported in Nova Scotia as of April 3, 2021. Legend here. THE COAST

4 new cases as the virus pulls further ahead April 3

As of Saturday, April infections outweigh recoveries in Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 numbers.

Nova Scotia has four new COVID-19 cases today, and only three patients recovered from their infections, meaning active cases rose by one to 32. That's the most active cases the province has had in over a month: On March 1 there were 35 active cases.

So far, the province's April is living up to T.S. Eliot's "the cruellest month" description, as new cases of the virus have outpaced recoveries every day, for a total of 16 cases to nine recoveries. Today's four cases are split between the Central and Eastern health zones. In Central, one case is related to travel beyond Atlantic Canada, says the province. "The other is a close contact of a previously reported case." In Eastern, both are "related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada."

There was an accounting error yesterday that the province is fixing today. "A case reported on Friday, April 2, in Central Zone has been corrected today and is in Western Zone," says the provincial report. Our map (above) and table (below) reflect the corrected numbers.

The province's labs processed 2,352 C19 tests for Nova Scotians yesterday, which is below the current daily average of about 3,000 tests. No information on vaccinations is reported on weekends. And one C19 patient among Nova Scotia's 32 active cases is in the hospital. Someone's been in the hospital every day since last Sunday, although the province will not say if it's the same person.

Where Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 cases are on Saturday, April 3

Note: The two new cases showing up in the table today in the Western zone—one in the Yarmouth community network, the other in the Wolfville network—are accounting corrections for cases announced yesterday, not new patients diagnosed today. One patient was mistakenly credited to the Central zone and needed to be switched to Western, one was announced as being somewhere in Western but wasn't connected to a community network until today.

HEALTH ZONE & NETWORK NEW CASES CLOSED CASES ACTIVE CASES
Western zone totals 2 new 0 closed 9 active
Yarmouth 1 - 1
Lunenburg - - 3
Wolfville 1 - 5
Central zone totals 2 new 3 closed 19 active
West Hants - - -
Halifax 2 1 10
Dartmouth - 1 3
Bedford - - 2
Eastern Shore - - 2
Northern zone totals 0 new 0 closed 1 active
Truro - - 1
Amherst - - -
Pictou - - -
Eastern zone totals 2 new 0 closed 3 active
Antigonish - - -
Inverness 2 - 3
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.

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.

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