COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Tuesday, Jul 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.



Halifax Stanfield airport opens to American flights August 9

While the province isn't doing an update on COVID cases today, we can catch up on some news that came down from the federal government yesterday. "Thanks to the hard work of Canadians, rising vaccination rates and declining COVID-19 cases," says a press release from the Public Health Agency of Canada, on September 7 the government is planning to throw open Canada's borders to any international travellers who are fully vaccinated (and got their second shot at two weeks before).

"As a first step, starting August 9, 2021, Canada plans to begin allowing entry to American citizens and permanent residents, who are currently residing in the United States, and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada for non-essential travel. This preliminary step allows for the Government of Canada to fully operationalize the adjusted border measures ahead of September 7, 2021, and recognizes the many close ties between Canadians and Americans."

Bundled in with this move to open the US-Canada border, more Canadian airports will open to international flights. For most of the pandemic, only Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver airports have allowed international planes to land, but August 9 five more airports get added to that list: Ottawa, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Edmonton and, you guessed it, Halifax Stanfield International.

But the federal government's welcome is one-way only, and Canadians are still not supposed to leave the country for non-essential reasons.



"While Canada continues to trend in the right direction, the epidemiological situation and vaccination coverage is not the same around the world," PHAC's press release says. "The Government of Canada continues to advise Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada—international travel increases your risk of exposure to COVID-19 and its variants, as well as of spreading it to others."


No case report today

The province, true to its word from yesterday, did not give an update on COVID-19 cases today because of a database upgrade. Stay tuned for new numbers tomorrow. And note that our standard infographics below will be showing yesterday's statistics until fresh data arrives Wednesday.


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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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 19, 2021.

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