COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Tuesday, Jun 15

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.

Just 4 new cases

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Reopening status
Phase 1

New cases

New recoveries

New deaths

Active cases

Days in a row with cases

Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic

Total COVID deaths

On the cusp of tomorrow's move to Phase 2 of the reopening plan, the province shows it's ready by delivering only four new COVID cases. That's the fewest daily infections since the three cases reported April 15, back 61 days and almost 4,000 cases ago on the other side of Nova Scotia's third wave. (For a good idea what that wave looks like, our graphs below of active and average cases both show it.)

Three of today's cases are in the Central health authority zone according to the province's daily C19 report, while the other is in Eastern zone. All the infection vectors are traceable back to either travel or previous COVID patients. In our map and table that chart cases in the community health networks, two of the cases are in Halifax, one is in Bedford/Sackville and one is is Sydney/Glace Bay.

Paired with the great news about cases, 29 people recovered from the disease since yesterday—that's a lot compared to the five recoveries Saturday—so the caseload has dropped to 97 active cases in Nova Scotia. This is its first time down in double digits since it peaked at 1,655 active cases May 10.

The number of people in hospital is unchanged from the six hospitalizations (with four of those in ICU) reported yesterday. Nova Scotia labs processed 3,757 tests yesterday, a slight increase from the day before, and at .11 percent of those tests being positive to get today's four new cases, the positivity rate is the lowest it's been since that April 15 date.

Vaccinations are down from yesterday's report—clinics across the province delivered 6,586 doses into arms on Monday—well below the current average of around 9,000 jabs per day. By popular demand we added a new line to our graph of Nova Scotia's vaccination rates. Now it shows not just Nova Scotians who are fully vaccinated with two doses (5.6 percent of the population after Monday's vaccinations) and the people who have one dose (61.44 percent), but the combined total of people who are either fully or partially vaccinated; everybody who's had at least one shot, in other words, which is 67.04 percent of Nova Scotia's population. The vaccination target for Phase 2 reopening is 60 percent partially vaccinated, the target for herd immunity is 75 percent fully vaccinated.

Phase 2 starts tomorrow

Even before the provincial briefing, premier Iain Rankin has confirmed that Phase 2 reopening is starting Wednesday morning! Here's our story about what Phase 2 of unlocking means.

Strankin speaking at 3

Premier Iain Rankin and chief medical officer of health Robert Strang are giving one of their regular COVID-19 briefings today. It is scheduled to start at 3pm. You can watch live at and/or @nsgov on Facebook, or catch it later at the Nova Scotia government's YouTube page.

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 14, 2021.

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