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COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Monday, Jun 7 

Updates including briefings, infections and our daily map of community COVID-19.

Cases up and testing down

Monday, June 7, 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

Nova Scotia has 14 new COVID-19 infections according to today's official report, an increase from the 12 new cases yesterday.

Worse than a slight uptick in cases, two of the cases are connected to schools in Dartmouth. One case is at Graham Creighton Junior High, the other is at the Dartmouth campus of Bedford and Forsyth Education Centres, where adult learners can get their high school diploma. "Both cases are close contacts of previously reported cases," the province says. "Although these cases were reported yesterday, because they came in after yesterday’s cut-off for reporting, they will appear on the COVID-19 data dashboard today."

Also worse than a slight uptick in cases, those 14 new cases come from the measly 2,057 tests completed yesterday. The current average is slightly over 4,000 tests per day, basically double Sunday's testing number, meaning there was a relatively high number of positive cases yesterday. To put rough numbers on it, on Sunday at the lab they got a new positive case out of every 150 tests completed. The day before, they had to process 360 tests just to find a new case.

In other disappointingly low numbers, only 16,250 doses of vaccine were injected from Friday through Sunday, an average of about 5,400 per day. Last Thursday alone there were over 13,000 injections, and the Thursday before that had over 18,000. Eighteen thousand doses, in one day. More than were delivered in three days this weekend. WTF?

Hospitalizations are up today—to 22 patients in hospital, seven of them in ICU—after holding steady Saturday and Sunday at 20 patients and six in intensive care.

Today's 14 new cases are spread around the province as 11 cases in Central zone, two in Eastern and one in Western. Northern zone gets the day off. All the cases are either connected to previous cases or travel, except for two in Central zone that are under investigation.

Zooming into the community health networks, the community with the most cases is Dartmouth, with five of Central zone's 14 cases. Halifax has three cases, and Bedford/Sackville and Sydney/Glace Bay each have two. The Annapolis Valley has one case, and one case in Central hasn't been attached to a community network yet. Get the full picture below in our map and table.

Thirty-six patients with COVID recovered since yesterday, driving the active caseload down to 182 active cases. This is the first time it's been below 200 since Friday, April 23, when the Halifax lockdown started.

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.

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.

Strankin speaks

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.

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.

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.

Click here for yesterday's COVID-19 news roundup, for June 6, 2021.

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