COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Monday, Jun 14

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.

Another COVID death

Even though there are only eight new cases Monday, for the second day in a row, and we're getting ready for Phase 2 of reopening early Wednesday morning, the disease has a message for us today: It is not done with us yet. That message comes in the worse possible form, another Nova Scotian dying as a result of getting COVID-19.

The woman who died lived in the Central zone and she was in her 80s. “I want to extend my condolences to those who are grieving the loss of their loved one,” says premier Iain Rankin via today's provincial C19 report. “This virus is serious and can have devastating impacts. Please continue to follow the public health measures, get tested regularly and get vaccinated as soon as you can.”

COVID is now officially responsible for 90 deaths in Nova Scotia, 25 of them occurring in 2021.

8 new cases

Monday, June 14, 2021

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New recoveries

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Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic

Total COVID deaths

The province is reporting eight new COVID infections today, all of them in the Central health authority zone. As our map and table of new cases show, four of the eight cases are in the Halifax community health network, one is in the Bedford/Sackville community network and the community isn't yet known for three of the new patients.

Eight new cases drives the running 7-day infection average down to 11 cases per day. There are also 22 recoveries in today's report, pushing the caseload down to 124 active cases. Hospitalization are also down from yesterday, to six patients in hospital across the province, four of them in intensive care.

Provincial labs completed 3,348 tests yesterday, almost 1,000 tests below the current daily average of about 4,300 tests. Even though the number of new cases is relatively low, the relatively low testing figure means the percent of positive tests increases, from .16 percent yesterday to .24 percent today.

Finally, we have a new graph today to visualize the province's vaccination numbers. After the weekend's jabs—which averaged about 6,800 per day, compared to the current average of over 8,700 per day—more than 61 percent of Nova Scotians have received one dose of vaccine. But the herd immunity target is for 75 percent of the population to be fully vaccinated, with two doses, and after Sunday's vaccinations we are at 5.31 percent of the province having both injections. Check out the graph, which will become part of the daily package of graphs The Coast's provides in this space.

Briefing Tuesday, not today

Breaking last week's Monday, Wednesday, Friday pattern, Strankin's next COVID briefing is Tuesday, June 15, scheduled to start at 3pm.

For what it's worth, The Coast brain trust figures the timing switch to Tuesday is related to Phase 2 of reopening, which is planned to begin as soon as Wednesday, June 16 at 8am. Instead of a Monday briefing where premier Iain Rankin and chief medical officer of health Robert Strang say we're on track to move to Phase 2 as long as nothing major happens with COVID cases on Tuesday, they'll—hopefully—be able to say on Tuesday that Phase 2 is definitely starting Wednesday. 🤞🤞🤞

You'll be able to watch the briefing live tomorrow 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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Click here for yesterday's COVID-19 news roundup, for June 13, 2021.

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