COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Sunday, Jul 4

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.



Active caseload rises again on 3 new cases

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Reopening status
Phase 3

New cases
3

New recoveries
2

New deaths
0

Active cases
53

Days in a row with cases
11

Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic
5,880

Total COVID deaths
92

There are only three new COVID cases in Nova Scotia on Sunday, less than the current moving average of four daily infections (graph of new and average cases below). But there are just two recoveries, so despite the low number of new infections, the active caseload increases by one to 53 active cases.

This is the second day in a row of rising active cases, after the increase to 52 active cases yesterday. The last time the caseload went up for a second day in a row was Saturday, June 26. The province hasn't seen three days in a row of increasing active caseload since before the third wave's peak on Monday, May 10.

Today's three new cases break down as two cases in the Halifax community health network (inside the Central health zone), one case in Eastern zone's Sydney/Glace Bay community network. (The map and table of the community networks are below.) The province's daily COVID-19 report says the infection source for all the new cases is either travel or close contact with another patient.

Hospitalizations are unchanged from yesterday, with two people currently in hospital in Nova Scotia due to COVID, neither of them in intensive case. Vaccination numbers aren't reported on weekends, so we have no new information for you to add to the vax rate graph. And NS labs processed 2,829 tests on Saturday, lower than both yesterday's testing number (2,913) and the currently daily average (3,111).

"For the past week, we’ve seen daily new case numbers in the single digits which is a testament to the hard work of Nova Scotians. But we must keep up our hard work as restrictions ease and our borders open,” says premier Iain Rankin in the province's report. “Getting tested regularly and getting vaccinated will help ensure we have a wonderful summer with friends and family.”


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Average and daily new cases

Knowing the average number of new cases Nova Scotia has every day—the orange area in this graph—is useful to show the trend of infections without one day's ups or downs distorting the picture. Having the daily new cases as well, the dark line on the graph, gives a sense of how each day compares to the average. We use the rolling (AKA moving or running) 7-day average of daily data reported by the province; here's a good explainer of what a rolling average is.

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Vaccination in the population

How many Nova Scotians already have one dose of vaccine? How many are fully vaccinated with two doses? And how close are we to the herd immunity goal of 75 percent of the province fully vaxxed? These questions are answered in our chart of the vaccination rate in Nova Scotia since the province started reporting these numbers in January 2021, breaking out people who've had a single dose separate from those who've had the full complement of two doses. (Here's more information about the 75 percent target and what it will take to get there.) Note: The province doesn't update vaccination numbers on weekends.

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Click here for yesterday's COVID-19 news roundup, for July 3, 2021.

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