COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Friday, Jul 16

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.

🏆 8 active cases 🏆

Friday, July 16, 2021

Reopening status
Phase 4

New cases

New recoveries

New deaths

Active cases

Days in a row with zero cases

Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic

Total COVID deaths

The zero new cases the province is reporting today is great and all, but that's not the best part of the COVID update. Nova Scotia has 14 people recovering from their COVID infections since yesterday, driving the active caseload down to just eight. Eight active cases. Single-digit cases across the whole province. It's an amazing number to be at, especially considering NS was at 1,531 active cases two months ago.

The last time Nova Scotia had as few as eight active cases was February 14.

“Another day with no new cases is wonderful news,” says premier Iain Rankin in the Friday update. “While we can be proud of our efforts, please do not become complacent. We’ve worked so hard to crush the third wave and get to a point where we are reporting no new cases, let’s keep up the good work. Follow the public health measures and stay safe.”

There are still two Nova Scotians in hospital with COVID, one of them in intensive care. At 2,626 tests completed by NS labs, testing is slightly below the currently daily average of nearly 2,900 tests per day. And with Thursday's vaccinations, fully 48.44 percent of people in Nova Scotia are vaccinated with two doses. The numbers in the government report say the population with at least one dose barely moved from yesterday and is currently at 74.42 percent.

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 15, 2021.

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