Map of COVID-19 cases reported in Nova Scotia as of April 4, 2021. Legend here. THE COAST

7 new cases April 4 to make the long weekend longer

Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 infection numbers don't relax on Sunday.

For the fourth day in a row, Nova Scotia is reporting more fresh infections than patients recovering, adding a hint of dread to the gloomy Sunday weather and making the holiday long weekend feel like it's dragging on even longer. There are seven new cases in the province, across three health zones, compared to five cases safely closed, for a total of 34 active cases spread out in all four Nova Scotian health zones. But only one COVID-19 patient is in the hospital.

Three of today's seven cases are in the Central zone. "Two are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada," says the province's daily C19 update. "The other is a close contact of a previously reported case."

The Western zone also has three new cases, all of them in the Lunenburg community network according to our chart below that analyses location data. The province says each patient is a contact of a previous patient.

The seventh case is "in Eastern Zone related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada" according to the provincial report. Our table locates the patient as living in the Sydney health network

And while vaccine numbers aren't communicated on weekends, there is a new C19 testing number today: local labs completed 1,579 tests of Nova Scotian samples yesterday. This is about half of the current daily average, suggesting people have better things to do on a holiday Saturday than get swabs stuck up their noses.

Premier Iain Rankin can understand the feeling. "On a weekend when many of us are spending time with family and friends, let's reflect on what this period of time was like last year," he says in today's report. "We have come so far, thanks to the commitment of Nova Scotians who continue to follow the precautions to keep our province safe."

Where Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 cases are on Sunday, April 4

Western zone totals 3 new 0 closed 12 active
Yarmouth - - 1
Lunenburg 3 - 6
Wolfville - - 5
Central zone totals 3 new 4 closed 18 active
West Hants - - -
Halifax 1 1 10
Dartmouth 1 2 2
Bedford - 1 1
Eastern Shore - - 2
Northern zone totals 0 new 0 closed 1 active
Truro - - 1
Amherst - - -
Pictou - - -
Eastern zone totals 1 new 1 closed 3 active
Antigonish - - -
Inverness - 1 2
Sydney 1 - 1

TABLE NOTES The totals for the health zones (Northern, Eastern, Western, Central) may be different than the totals you'd get by adding up the numbers in the Community Health Networks that make up each zone, because the province doesn't track all cases at the community network level. The zone totals reflect every case in the area; the community network numbers only show cases that can be localized to a region inside the bigger area. The names of the community networks here have been adapted/shortened for simplicity (click to download the province's PDF map with the exhaustively complete network names). All data comes from the Nova Scotia COVID-19 data page. We use a dash (-) instead of a zero (0) where applicable in the health network numbers to make the table easier to read.

About The Author

Kyle Shaw

Kyle is the editor of The Coast. He was a founding member of the newspaper in 1993 and was the paper’s first publisher. Kyle occasionally teaches creative nonfiction writing (think magazine-style #longreads) and copy editing at the University of King’s College School of Journalism.

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