COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Friday, June 4

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.

No deaths, few cases, Friday’s here

Friday, June 4, 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

After two days in a row of climbing infections, new cases dropped to just 15 today, down from the 25 reported yesterday in Nova Scotia. After the 12 new infections reported Tuesday, 15 is the fewest daily cases since April 20, well over a month ago.

For even better news as we head into the first weekend of the first phase of reopening after lockdown, after two days in a row with COVID-related deaths, nobody died in Friday's disease report from the province.

"There are nine new cases in Central Zone. Six of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases, two are related to travel and one is under investigation," says the province in its update. "Six cases are in Eastern Zone. Four of the cases are close contacts of previously reported cases and two are related to travel."

Western and Northern zones have no fresh infections. Thirty-seven people recovered from their infections since yesterday's report, pushing the caseload down to 251 active cases. The last time Nova Scotia was in better shape was April 24, when there were 201 active cases.

For the breakdown of new and active cases in the community health networks, see our table and map below. Also down there are our daily graph of new and active cases, and our chart comparing recoveries to infections.

Hospitalizations have moved—slightly—in the right direction, dropping from 22 patients in hospital with nine of those in intensive care yesterday, to 21 patients in hospital with eight of them in ICU.

There were 4,557 tests handled by local labs yesterday, which is right around the current daily average. And 13,173 vaccinations were delivered into arms yesterday, well above the average of about 11,000 per day over the last two weeks.

Strankin speaks today at 2pm

Premier Iain Rankin and chief medical officer of health Robert Strang are giving one of their regular COVID-19 briefings today. It is slated to start at 2pm. You can watch live at and/or @nsgov on Facebook, or catch it later at the Nova Scotia government's YouTube page.

FYI, the province confirmed the 2pm time in an email to media this morning. This is an impressive bit of sticking to the schedule that was announced Monday, especially after the Wednesday briefing did get moved from its scheduled time, earning a we-told-you-so.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Click here for yesterday's COVID-19 news roundup, for June 3, 2021.

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