COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Friday, May 21

Updates including briefings, infections and our daily map of community COVID-19.

NOTE: This day is now over. Click for the latest on COVID-19 from The Coast. Or for an informative look back at Nova Scotia's evolving pandemic response, keep on reading.

2 new deaths and new cases are up to 84

Friday, May 21, 2021

New cases

New recoveries

New deaths

Active cases

Days in a row with cases

Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic

Total COVID deaths

Halifax’s lockdown
29 days

Nova Scotia’s lockdown
24 days

"We knew we would have some ups and downs as we worked to get this outbreak under control," top doc Strang said last Sunday. Sure enough, after a mostly up day for the humans yesterday, today has some serious downs.

The province is announcing that two more people are dead as a result of COVID. "Two men in their 70s have died in Central Zone," says the province's daily disease update. Now 76 Nova Scotians are confirmed as dying due to COVID during the pandemic, 11 of them in 2021.

After that Sunday warning from Strang about up and downs, the two main case numbers actually started dropping: active cases have been falling five days straight, from 1,531 on Sunday to 1,028 today, while daily new cases sank for four days in a row, from 126 on Sunday to a recent low of 65 yesterday. Unfortunately new cases turned around and rose to 84 in today's provincial update. Not enough to offset the 197 people who recovered from their infections since yesterday's update—a one-day provincial record for recoveries during Covid times—but definitely going in the wrong direction.

"One case in Central Zone is a staff member of Melville Lodge, a nursing home in Halifax. At the direction of public health and as an added precaution, residents and staff from the affected unit are being tested," the province reports in other news going the wrong way. Plus: "There is community spread in Central Zone and in Sydney. Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread. There are some areas of concern, particularly in Bridgewater, New Minas and Kentville. Testing has been increased in these areas."

Speaking of testing, the 7,041 PCR tests completed by the local lab according to today's report is both down from the number reported yesterday and below the recent daily average of more than 7,500 tests. Vaccinations, however, are proving to be a bright spot, with the 20,023 jabs reported today being the second-highest daily vax total ever, after yesterday's nearly 21,000 shots.

Briefing recap

Strankin's Friday chat to Nova Scotia focused a lot of talk on how important small business is to the province, while admitting that government won't bother taking action to make sure the biggest retailers follow the same lockdown rules that are keeping small shops shut. Get our full report on the briefing here.

COVID in the community health networks

Our table uses data logged from Nova Scotia's official COVID-19 dashboard in order to provide this breakdown. The province reports the number of active cases in each of the 14 community health networks, but The Coast does the math to be able to report the new and resolved case numbers. We also map the data to provide a different view of the case information.

Our map of COVID by community health networks

This map was created by The Coast using daily case data from Nova Scotia's official COVID-19 dashboard. Our goal is for this to be the best NS COVID map around, clearer and more informative than the province or any other media organization provides. To get there we do an analysis of the data to find the new and resolved case numbers in the 14 community health networks, information the province does not provide. For a different but still highly accessible approach to the latest COVID statistics, check out our case table.

Briefing today at 2pm

Strankin is giving a regular COVID-19 briefing today, scheduled to start of 2pm. You can watch live at and/or @nsgov on Facebook, or catch it later at the Nova Scotia government's YouTube page.

With this Friday briefing, premier Iain Rankin and chief medical officer of health Robert Strang seem to be settling into a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule. Not that the province will admit it. However, the announcement about today's briefing mentions that there won't be a briefing Monday because it's the Victoria Day holiday, implying somebody's got a Monday/Wednesday/Friday routine in mind.

Click here for yesterday's COVID-19 news roundup, for May 20, 2021.

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