COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Sunday, Jun 20

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 cases, the fewest in more than 2 months

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Reopening status
Phase 2

New cases
2

New recoveries
7

New deaths
0

Active cases
83

Days in a row with cases
83

Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic
5,791

Total COVID deaths
90

New COVID-19 infections have gone down three days in a row, but today feels like a breakthrough. The province is reporting just two new cases Sunday—the lowest daily total since April 14. In between those two two-case days, there were 66 days (more than two months!) and 4,032 new cases in Nova Scotia's huge third coronavirus wave.

Both of the cases are in Central zone, and the province's daily report says they're connected to previous cases rather than suspected community spread. Seven people recovered from their COVID infections since yesterday, several more than the two new patients, so the active caseload dropped down to 83 active cases. Eighty-three is a recent low, but as a comparison, on that April 14 day when we last had two new cases, there were only 42 active cases.

Hospitalizations haven't changed in the last four days: they are holding at six patients in hospital, three of those in intensive care. And the province doesn't report vaccinations numbers on the weekend, so we don't know how the vax rollout has been going the last couple days.

But we know from the province that 3,464 tests were completed by local labs. With two cases out of nearly 3,500 tests, that is a positivity rate of just .06 percent—it hasn't been that low since March 31, back when we had just 23 active cases and the third wave wasn't even a blip on the horizon. Our spreadsheet tracking Nova Scotia's pandemic says that was 81 days ago, although it feels like years.


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.)

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

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