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COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Monday, May 24

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

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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.


Catching up on hospital numbers

Yesterday the province didn't report hospitalization info, promising it would be available later. With today's C19 report, later has arrived!

"There are 72 people in hospital, including 19 in ICU, the province says. "The median age of people hospitalized in the third wave is 53 for non-ICU, and 58 for people in ICU."

These numbers are a slight improvement from the last reported hospitalization stats, on Saturday, when there were 74 patients in hospital, 20 of them in intensive care.


Needling premier Rankin

“Today, I received my first dose of vaccine,” Nova Scotia premier Iain Rankin says in today's update from the province. “The spirit at the vaccine clinics is extraordinary. I can’t thank front-line workers enough for the important work they’re doing to ensure that we are all protected.”

Our millennial-in-chief must have been waiting until people ages 25 and up became vaccine-eligible. That happened Thursday. To book a vaccination appointment of your own, click here.


49 new cases and nobody dies

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

New cases
49

New recoveries
98

New deaths
0

Active cases
894

Days in a row with cases
56

Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic
5,335

Total COVID deaths
79

Halifax’s lockdown
32 days

Nova Scotia’s lockdown
27 days

The virus took a break after all (see below)! With 49 new cases today, Nova Scotia is reporting the lowest number of daily infections in a month, since the 44 reported April 23. There are 41 new infections in Central zone, eight in Eastern and none in either Western or Northern—the first case-free day since May 1 for Northern zone, since April 29 for Western. And there are no new deaths today.

The only thing dampening all this excellent news is chief medical officer of health Robert Strang. “The number of positive cases being reported today is lower,” Strang says in the daily report. “While that is a good sign, our testing numbers are also down today. Our testing centres are open, and I encourage those that are out to stop in and get tested.”

There were 4,364 tests performed yesterday by the NS lab. That's the lowest number since April 20, when the province reported just over 2,700 daily tests.


No case map and table today

Sorry about this, but today we cannot bring you The Coast's popular map and table of COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia's community health networks. The province apparently used its holiday weekend to catch up on paperwork, changing information for hundreds and hundreds of cases in the public health tracking system, making it impossible to know where today's new cases are.

"Cumulative cases by zone have changed as data was recently updated in Panorama," says the province in Monday's regular case report. "Changes can occur when large amounts of case data are validated at one time."

To give you a sense of how strange the numbers look, the province is reporting a total of 49 new cases for all of Nova Scotia on Monday, but on paper the Halifax community health network has 93 "new cases" all by itself, and Dartmouth has another 62. And even though the province is reporting no new infections in the Western or Northern health zones, in Panorama 18 cases were newly attributed to those zones today.

Wacky, right? Publishing these numbers would create confusion rather than improve understanding, so we have to take a map/table holiday on holiday Monday. 

But now that the province has caught up, tomorrow should be back to normal. We promise the map and table will return.


Will the virus take a holiday?

Happy Victoria Day holiday Monday to all those who have the day off, and for everyone else we hope things are quiet at work today. The provincial COVID-19 numbers aren't out yet, but we'd like to see the disease getting in the holiday spirit and trying to chill a bit. Stop killing people, stop spreading, just ease off on the whole "deadly pandemic" vibe for once. We've all earned that break.


Click here for yesterday's COVID-19 news roundup, for May 23, 2021.

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