Another COVID death in Nova Scotia on Wednesday, Aug 25

The Coast's daily COVID-19 update including charts, new infections and our map of community case.

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.



Our 94th COVID death

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Reopening status
Phase 4

New cases
7

New recoveries
5

New deaths
1

Active cases
50

Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic
5,989

Total COVID deaths
94

It was over a month ago, on July 22, that Nova Scotia last had a COVID fatality. So long ago we might have started to think—or at least hope—the pandemic's ultimate anguish wouldn't again torment the province. But the province is announcing that a man in his 60s, who lived in the Western zone, has died as a result of catching COVID. This is a tragic day.

“On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends who are grieving the loss of their loved one,” premier-designate Tim Houston says in the province's daily COVID report. “This virus has had devasting impacts on too many families. Please get vaccinated as soon as possible, get tested if you have symptoms and continue to follow public health protocols.”

Other COVID information hardly matters compared to the province's 94th death. There are seven new cases: according to our map and table below, they are spread across the province as one new infection in the Amherst community health network in Northern zone; one in both West Hants and Eastern Shore, plus two in Halifax, in Central zone; and one each in Antigonish and Sydney in the Eastern zone. The Amherst case and one of the Eastern cases are under investigation as potential community spread, while the others are related to either travel or previously infected people. The current caseload is 50 active cases. Testing and vaccination numbers reported today are both above average, and the province is reporting 69.86 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated


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. Note: On July 23, 2021, Nova Scotia announced that it will no longer update case numbers on weekends.

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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. Note: Effective July 23, 2021, the province no longer updates case numbers on weekends.

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New and active cases visualized

Nova Scotia's third wave of COVID grew in April, 2021, peaked in May (227 new cases in one day was the maximum) and subsided in June. On July 17, the province reached five active cases—its lowest level in more than eight months—and an election was called. So when it came time to reset The Coast's chart comparing daily new cases with that day’s active caseload, in order to better reflect disease levels after the third wave, we started from July 17. The dark line tracks the rise and fall of new infections reported by the province; the green area is the province's caseload. Click or hover over any point on the graph and the detail for that moment will pop up. To focus on just new or active cases, click the legend at the top left of the graph to hide or reveal that data set. Note: As of July 23, 2021, the province stopped updating case numbers on weekends. And you can click here for the version of this graph that includes the third wave and its May 10 crest of 1,655 active cases.

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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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Canadian cases in 2021

There was a point in July 2021, when the delta variant was causing an increase in COVID infections around the world, that Canada seemed safe from the fourth wave. By August, however, that point had passed, and case numbers around the country started to rise again. This graph charts the number of new infections every day in each province and territory, using the 7-day moving average to mitigate single-day anomalies (including a lack of weekend reporting in several jurisdictions including British Columbia and Nova Scotia). To focus on individual places, click the place names at the top of the chart to turn that data on or off.

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Click here for yesterday's COVID-19 news roundup, for August 24, 2021.

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