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COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Saturday, June 5

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.


18 new cases and renewed calls for testing

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Reopening status
Phase 1

New cases
18

New recoveries
45

New deaths
0

Active cases
224

Days in a row with cases
68

Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic
5,651

Total COVID deaths
88

The province is reporting 18 new cases today, an increase from the 15 cases yesterday. We try to keep remembering what top doc Robert Strang said about "ups and downs" on the way to squashing the third wave of COVID, but still an uptick sucks. To visualize the rising and falling new cases, check out the graph of new and active cases or the fresh infections compared to recoveries chart, both below.

The cases are unevenly split between the Central health zone—13 of the 18 cases—Eastern zone—four—and Western with one. Only one case is under investigation as a potential example of C19 community spread (it's in Central); all the rest are related to either travel or close contacts with the disease. "There is limited community spread in Central Zone," says the province. "Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread."

Even with a small rise in new cases, there were 45 infected people who recovered from the disease since yesterday, so the active caseload fell. Again. Today makes 20 days in a row that it's dropped from the day before. It's now at 224 active cases. (Again, you can click for the graph of active cases.) No deaths are being reported today, and the numbers of people in hospital and ICU are slightly down from yesterday's report, to the current level of 20 hospitalizations, six of those patients in intensive care.

“Nova Scotians have done the hard work to bring down transmission of COVID-19 in our communities, which is why we are able to start enjoying patios, get a haircut and spend time with loved ones outside,” says premier Iain Rankin via the report. “We still need to be cautious. Remember to continue to follow the public health measures and make regular testing part of your routine if you are socializing.”

Speaking of testing, Nova Scotia labs completed 4,065 tests yesterday. That's below the average over the last week of more than 4,500 tests per day. Which may explain why Strang is also encouraging everyone to keep getting tested in the report.

“As we create more opportunities for Nova Scotians to regain some normalcy in their lives, it’s important that we stay vigilant, even for those who have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine,” he says. “Testing is critical as we move through our reopening plan. It’s the only way to know how much virus is circulating, especially without population immunity from two doses.”


New cases and recoveries on the rise

There are 18 new cases today and 45 recoveries, according to the province's COVID report. That's an increase in both numbers since yesterday, as you'll gather from the graph below comparing fresh and recovered patients. Full report will be appearing above soon.


Getting tested

As you can read above, health officials consider widespread testing an important part of the fight against the disease. "The thing I think that folks are missing is that what we're recommending at the moment, is not just that people get tested when the numbers"—of new infections—"are high, but also get tested weekly,” rapid testing leader Lisa Barrett explained to The Coast. She says most people should “assume that you're in an exposure site if you live in certain areas in this province—or almost anywhere in the province at the moment, because there's a lot of community spread.” To that end, click here to find a rapid test now.


Recoveries and infections graphed

A person who tests positive for COVID-19 counts as a new case, the beginning of a problem for both the province and that person. The best ending to the problem is the patient recovers from the disease. This interactive chart compares how many problems started (the red area of new cases) to how many ended (the blue area's recoveries) each day in Nova Scotia's third wave, revealing growth trends along the way. Click or hover over any point on the graph and the detail for that day will pop up, to reveal exactly how quickly things change: May 7 had Nova Scotia's most-ever infections diagnosed in one day, 227 new cases, more than triple the 71 recoveries that day. Two weeks later, May 21, had a record recoveries, 197 in a day, more than double the 84 new cases. To focus on just new cases or recoveries, you can click the legend at the top left of the graph to hide or reveal that data set.


Case table of the health networks

The Coast uses data logged from Nova Scotia's official COVID-19 dashboard in order to provide this tabulated breakdown. The province reports the number of active cases in each of Nova Scotia's 14 community health networks, but we do 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.


New and active cases visualized

This interactive graph charts COVID activity in Nova Scotia's third wave, comparing daily new cases with that day’s active caseload. The dark line tracks the rise and fall of new infections reported by the province, which hit a Nova Scotian pandemic record high of 227 cases in a single day on May 7. The green area is the province's caseload, which peaked May 10 at 1,655 active cases. Click or however over any point on the graph and the detail for that moment will pop up. To focus on just new or active cases, you can click the legend at the top left of the graph to hide or reveal that data set.


Map of cases in community health networks

This infographic 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 each day's 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.


Click here for yesterday's COVID-19 news roundup, for June 4, 2021.

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