Nova Scotia has zero new cases of COVID Monday, June 21, which is 84 days after the last zero day. THE COAST

COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Monday, Jun 21

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.

click to enlarge Nova Scotia has zero new cases of COVID Monday, June 21, which is 84 days after the last zero day. THE COAST
Nova Scotia has zero new cases of COVID Monday, June 21, which is 84 days after the last zero day. THE COAST
Best. Monday. Ever.

Monday, June 21, 2021

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As Mondays go, it's pretty hard to beat this one. Today is the 25th National Indigenous Peoples Day. It's the first day of summer. And Nova Scotia is reporting zero new cases of COVID-19 for the first day in nearly three months.

The province's last zero day was Monday, March 29, 84 days or exactly 12 weeks ago. Back then, before the third wave arrived, there were 24 active COVID cases in Nova Scotia and only one person in hospital with the disease. Today there are still 79 active cases (graph of active cases below), and three COVID patients in hospital—including one who is in intensive care.

“What a great way to begin summer with no new cases being reported today,” premier Iain Rankin says in today's provincial C19 report. “The epidemiology is headed in the right direction, but in order for us to continue to see low to no new cases, we must all follow the public health measures and get fully vaccinated as soon as we can. And of course, remember to get tested.”

Only a couple thousand people remembered to get tested yesterday: NS labs processed 2,580 tests on Sunday, well below the current daily average of almost 4,400 tests. And after the standard weekend break from reporting vaccination numbers, today the province says 23,303 doses were injected into arms on Friday, Saturday and Sunday combined. That's nearly 7,800 doses per day, far from the running average of almost 11,000 daily vaccinations.

As our graph of Nova Scotia's vaccination rate shows, now 71.14 percent of the provincial population has at least one dose. That breaks down to about 62 percent who only have one dose, and nine percent fully vaxxed with two doses. Getting past the 70 percent level of at least one dose vaccinated? Another excuse to celebrate this Monday.


Nova Scotia has its first day without new cases since March 29! We are too busy doing our happy dance to say anything else. Full report to come.

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.)

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Click here for yesterday's COVID-19 news roundup, for June 20, 2021.


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