COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Monday, Sep 20

Information including charts, new 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.



Hospitalizations rise to 8 patients

For most of last week, there were four COVID patients in hospital. Then on Friday, the province reported six hospitalizations. Now eight people are so sick with the disease that they are in the hospital. Happily none of them are in intensive care.


55 new cases over the weekend

Monday, September 20, 2021

Reopening status
Phase 4

New cases
55

New recoveries
88

New deaths
0

Active cases
129

Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic
6,367

Total COVID deaths
94

Monday is the province's first COVID case report since Friday, and it picks up right where things were left before the weekend. There are 55 new COVID cases for the last three days, an average of about 18 new cases per day; on Friday, the province reported 18 new cases.

The 55 cases are scattered over all four provincial health authority zones. "Thirty-four of the cases are in Central Zone," says the province's Monday report. Northern zone has 13, there are five in Western and three in Eastern.

Most of the cases are related to travel or previous cases, but some are under investigation as potential examples of community transmission. Seven of these are in Central, where the province is repeating its warning from last week that there are "signs of community spread" among people "aged 20 to 40 who are unvaccinated and participating in social activities." Northern has two cases under investigation, and Western has one.

Northern also retains that enigmatic notice the province started putting on it last week: "There is a large cluster of linked cases in a defined, unvaccinated group in Northern Zone, and more cases are expected."

Our map and table of the province's 14 community health networks show that the Halifax network has 21 new cases and 43 active cases; Amherst/Cumberland has 10 new and 22 active; and Truro/Colchester has just 2 new cases but 24 active.

The province is reporting 88 recoveries today, overbalancing the 55 new cases and sending the provincial caseload down to 129 active cases. Our chart of new and active cases follows the ups and downs.

In three days of vaccinations, clinics across the province injected 5,414 arms. Of those, there were 2,789 people who received second doses—about 930 second doses per day, low compared to Friday's tally of over 1,400 second doses—nudging the fully vaccinated provincial population to 73.51 percent. Testing averaged about 2,600 daily tests completed by local labs, which is also low next to the average of around 3,100 tests per day.


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. Note: On July 23, 2021, Nova Scotia announced that it will no longer update case numbers on weekends.

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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. Note: Effective July 23, 2021, the province no longer updates case numbers on weekends.

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New and active cases visualized

Nova Scotia's third wave of COVID grew in April, 2021, peaked in May (227 new cases in one day was the maximum) and subsided in June. On July 17, the province reached five active cases—its lowest level in more than eight months—and an election was called. So when it came time to reset The Coast's chart comparing daily new cases with that day’s active caseload, in order to better reflect disease levels after the third wave, we started from July 17. Two months later, on September 14, the province formally announced the arrival of the fourth wave of COVID. The dark line tracks the rise and fall of new infections reported by the province; the green area is the province's caseload. Click or hover over any point on the graph and the detail for that moment will pop up. To focus on just new or active cases, click the legend at the top left of the graph to hide or reveal that data set. Note: As of July 23, 2021, the province stopped updating case numbers on weekends. And you can click here for the version of this graph that includes the third wave and its May 10 crest of 1,655 active cases.

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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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Canadian cases in 2021

There was a point in July 2021, when the delta variant was causing an increase in COVID infections around the world, that Canada seemed safe from the fourth wave. By August, however, that point had passed, and case numbers around the country started to rise again. This graph charts the number of new infections every day in each province and territory, using the 7-day moving average to mitigate single-day anomalies (including a lack of weekend reporting in several jurisdictions including British Columbia and Nova Scotia). To focus on individual places, click the place names at the top of the chart to turn that data on or off.

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Click here for the latest COVID-19 news roundup, for September 17, 2021.

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