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COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Monday, Jul 12 

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.

Phase 4 arrives Wednesday

Find out what the next phase of Nova Scotia's reopening plan means, and why Strang says it will start the day after tomorrow even though vaccinations don't look strong enough, in Lyndsay Armstrong's story from the Monday provincial COVID briefing.

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Monday, July 12, 2021

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For the first time since last Sunday, July 4, Nova Scotia's active caseload rose from the day before. The province is reporting one new case and no recoveries, and the caseload is up to 37 active cases after falling to a recent low of 36 active cases yesterday.

"The case is in Eastern Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case," says the province's daily COVID-19 update. Our community health network map and table of cases, below, show that the newly infected person lives in the Sydney/Glace Bay network, and Coast analysis of the province's data dashboard reveals the patient is a male between the ages of 0 and 19.

Hospitalizations have increased from Sunday's report. Currently there are three people in hospital with COVID, up from two yesterday, and the number of those patients in intensive care also increased from one yesterday to two Monday.

Testing is also up. The province is reporting that local labs processed almost 2,959 tests Sunday, compared to the not-quite 2,500 completed tests on Saturday.

And vaccinations are up since yesterday, but that's not difficult because Nova Scotia doesn't release any vaccine statistics on weekends. Between Friday, Saturday and Sunday, clinics across Nova Scotia injected 32,059 arms, almost identical to last weekend's total. And like last weekend, more than 30,000 of those injections went to people who were getting their second dose. The number of people getting their first dose continues to crawl slowly upwards, threatening to take forever reach the target of having 75 percent of the population vaccinated with at least one dose before entering Phase 4 of reopening. (After last Sunday's numbers came out, the province was at 73.11 percent vaccinated; now, with the latest Sunday's figures, we are only at 73.89 percent.)

However, chief medical officer of health Robert Strang is unconcerned. At today's COVID briefing with the premier, Strang said the province is already at 75 percent, thanks to a large group of Canadian military personnel from Nova Scotia whose vaccinations haven't been entered into the provincial system yet. Read Lyndsay Armstrong's story about the briefing, and the imminent arrival of Phase 4.

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, but that may change. 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.) 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 11, 2021.

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