COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Sunday, Jun 13

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.

8 new cases

Nova Scotia has eight new COVID-19 infections today, down from the 10 reported yesterday, trying the recent low of Friday. There are 11 recoveries, so the active caseload dropped—but it didn't drop by the three case you'd expect doing the math of 11 recoveries minus eight new cases. Instead it fell by five from yesterday's 145 active case to hit 140 active cases today.

Why? We don't know. In response to yesterday's question about cases not adding up, we received an email letting us know that on weekends, "requests will be put in Monday’s queue unless an urgent situation in health care has developed." So the province hasn't shed any light yet on  the disappearing cases.

"There are four new cases in Central Zone. Two of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases. One case is related to travel and one is under investigation. One of the cases in Central Zone is connected to Rocky Lake Junior High in Bedford," says the province. "Two new cases are in Western Zone and are related to travel. Two new cases are in Eastern Zone and are close contacts of previously reported cases."

Hospitalizations are unchanged over the last three days: There are still 10 people in hospital, still six of them in ICU. Like media requests, information about vaccinations takes a break on the weekend. Testing is down slightly from yesterday's report—5,041 tests to 5,399—but is still above the current daily average of about 4,100 tests processed by the province. The positivity rate is .16 percent of tests are positive, less than half of the moving average of .35 percent.

“Another day with a low case count is promising. This is a trend we want to see continue as we look forward to reopening our province,” premier Iain Rankin says in the daily report. “Vaccination is a key part of our way forward. If you are able, get the vaccine to protect yourself and those around you.”

COVID at Rocky Lake Junior High

There's another school case today: The province is reporting a COVID-19 infection associated with Rocky Lake Junior High School, in Bedford. The school is closed to students until Wednesday, June 16, to test close contacts and clean the school completely.

"Public health will be in touch with any close contacts of positive cases and advise of next steps, including testing," the province says. "Everyone who is a close contact will be notified, tested and asked to self-isolate for 14 days."

As a precaution, public health recommends that all Rocky Lake students and staff be tested for COVID. Self-isolation is not required while awaiting test results, unless the testee has symptoms or has been identified as a close contact.

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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Click here for yesterday's COVID-19 news roundup, for June 12, 2021.

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